Hello! It's been awhile since I've posted on the blog but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. Read on to discover:
"I need to fix my posture"
"My PT told me that my posture is bad and is hurting my back"
The notion that you have to consciously “fix” your posture; to keep your back straight or hold your stomach tight is a silly one. I dare anyone to consciously hold in their awareness the need to keep your back straight all day without 1) forgetting all the time and then feeling badly about it or 2) still forgetting about it because you have other things to do that day but creating excessive tension and compensations in order to achieve an ideal posture that someone made up.
What happens when I fall asleep, doesn't the tone of the abdominals change? Isn't it supposed to? Or if I have to change position to avoid falling, is my back allowed to bend?
The idea that there is some ideal alignment or perfect posture is an excellent example of the linear mindset that pervades Western culture. As if the body is a machine just awaiting better alignment that will allow its gears and pulleys to function best and take away your pain.
But the body isn’t a machine and we aren’t a y=mx+b equation, despite what you may have been told. Organic systems are chaotic - they self-organize. Which is to say that the system, posture in this example, arises out of many smaller interactions between what we are doing, our environments, and our intentions (conscious and subconscious).
So that posture you were told needs changed tells me more about your thoughts, feelings, and orientation to the world then it does about the health of your spine.
This is not to stay that posture doesn't sometimes need to be altered. Not because there is a particularly "right" or "wrong" posture but because if you use the same posture for many different movements, you are stuck and this increases the threats to your system.
So if you want to change your posture, modify the ingredients for change:
Movement Meditations Audio Course - Coming Soon
One highly effective method I have found for organically changing posture is thru movement meditations (I have a few free ones you can listen to here).
I have found that by teaching people to move slowly without the effects of speed, momentum, and gravity pulling you into your postural patterns of stuckness, the neuromuscular system can re-organize. The brain starts to better understand and become aware of ineffective patterns of moving. And by paying close attention to what you feel and how you move, your nervous begins to better coordinate and control your body in space.*
I've been teaching my Movement Meditations course in-person and to small groups for some time now and in my latest live course, I recorded it all. Four lessons of 45+ minutes in front of a live audience.
Soon, you will be able to purchase the audio (which is all you will need as they are kinesthetic lessons) of this guided Movement Meditations course
The results of improving posture, movement coordination, and relaxation in those I teach this to have been incredible and with this course you can start to experience the benefits yourself.
If you aren't on my email list yet, sign up to get notified when the course is up on my site.
What I've been up to
Many of you have been emailing me asking where the blog posts have been recently.
Well here's what I've been up to... In the last 3 months, I:
I have been writing a lot more on Facebook but plan to post more on this website as I did in the old days, so keep reading.