Many people do not understand how important it is to have correct posture.
The shape, position and tone of your spine is correlated with your level of flexibility, health and even enjoyment in life!
When an artist draws a character who is angry and uptight, the character will be forward with the spine in flexion. On the other hand, when the character is happy or confident, they are shown to be upright with the spine in extension.
Flexion vs Extension
When our spine is in extension there’s more space in the spinal canal for the spinal cord. Whereas, in flexion, the spinal cord is being compressed. Being in a state of constant flexion puts stress on the nervous system and creates blockages in our spine.
Due to the compression, the nerves cannot effectively supply their organs.
When the spine is straight with its natural curvature, there is more space for the spinal cord, which means more vitality. This is why poor posture creates blockages. These blockages create stress, pain, disease and illness.
What Contributes to Poor Posture?
There are several factors to be aware of that contribute to poor posture. These include stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, wearing of high-heeled shoes, blockages, emotional holding patterns, anxiety, and depression.
Decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor posture.
The Consequences Can Be Long-Lasting
We do not consciously maintain normal posture. In reality, several muscles groups and an aligned spine do it for us.
But, once you realise that poor posture can actually diminish your life force, I expect you will want to become more open to recognising how your body is holding itself and how you can make your body more aligned, open and flexible.
Anything we can do to eliminate blockages is really important for our healing process and the quality of our life.
Good Standing Posture
A good standing posture involves bearing your weight primarily on the balls of your feet with your knees slightly bent.
Try to keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
Stand straight and tall, with your shoulders pulled backwards and your arms hang naturally down the side of your body.
Remember to breathe!
Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side, but keep it level – your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders.
When you need to stand for a long time, shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other.
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Yours in health and healing,