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STOP! DO NOT move a muscle. Become aware of the exact position that you are in at this very moment. Become conscious of any bilateral asymmetries. Are you crossing an ankle or knee over the other? Is there a shift of weight more to one side of the body? Are you shrugging the shoulders? What about the spine position from your head and neck all the way down to your tail bone?
I think I made my point. The reality here is that as we evolve in sciences, technologies, and economies, we are devolving in our ability to stand, sit, and sleep correctly. I mean technically devolution would mean that are headed for extinction due to not having the ability to adapt to our natural surroundings. However, I believe we humans are far too intelligent to allow that to happen. We just happen to be caught up in our fancy “evolutions” right now to take the time to be aware of our own basic needs like a true physical education, or proper nutrition. Yeah, we know we need to eat, so we eat, and exercise is important, so we workout….But the quality of both are mindlessly under looked. We sure do know how to make certain the quantity is there though…more is more, right?
Bah, blogs for another time. That did, however, just set up this blog to explain how we need to at the very least understand that posture is our frame, or “Blue Print”. If we do not have mechanical efficiency then all sorts of breakdowns will occur. So let me make this blog a little bit more exciting with a little less reading….First, let me quickly define Posture.
Posture is the characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one’s body under the constant of gravity. Posture develops with habits, regardless of good or bad. Put posture into action or motion and that is called acture. Both posture and acture are very much involved with the facilitation of breathing and the positioning of all our physiological vitals like organs, blood vessels, lymphatic ducts, bones, muscles……
Well I promised to be a bit more exciting, but I think it is best if I have a Part II to this (and who knows maybe a III, IV, V…). So I will wrap up this first part with asking you the reader to begin to be aware of many postures we see out there in our day to day life. We all have our muscle imbalances and postural tendencies, but take that into consideration when you think about acture….
If you have anything but a close to normal posture, then please DO NOT run on a treadmill for your “workout” or “exercise” until you have caught the rest of this blog series. Do some P-KnottingTM, yoga, or go get a deep tissue massage for now. Stay tuned folks.