Different things work better for different people:
- Some may prefer a daily exercise routine instead of constantly worrying about a proper body form.
- Some hate any kind of exercise and may like paying attention to a body position better.
In either case, you have to work on it.
Before you decide, I recommend trying the Egoscue and Gohkale approaches separately first. Pick a few exercises from the Pain Free book and learn a few techniques from the 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. See what appeals to you.
I personally think the best and fastest way to see positive changes in your posture is a combination of the Egoscue and Gohkale methods together.
How combining of Egoscue and Gokhale methods may help?
I personally do my Egoscue exercises daily. I like to exercise and like to have my muscles toned. I want to practice my yoga safely and meditate without knee pain in easy pose. I like hiking, skiing, and dancing. I want to continue doing all these activities without injuries. My goal is to be independent and stay mobile until I die. For those reasons and more, it does not bother me to invest 30-40 minutes in the morning into my current and future musculoskeletal health.
I used to have all sorts of back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain. Now I am very rarely experiencing any musculoskeletal issues. Even when I do, I deal with it quite quickly and efficiently by doing my Egoscue exercises. The time of recovery is dramatically faster.
At the same time, I always felt there was a missing component in the Egoscue method. It does not teach specifically how to hold the body during the day. Granted, when the posture improves, the way we sit and walk changes automatically. But several crucial questions remained:
- What is the correct form exactly?
- How can we self-check if we are on the right track?
- Can we engage the proper posture muscles while we sit? Or walk, or bend, or exercise?
- What is the most beneficial sleep position? I often feel the worst after I wake up.
This is where the Gokhale method comes into play. By learning healthy walking, sleeping, sitting, bending, and standing habits we can work on posture improvement every second of the day.
I’ve been applying the new techniques I learned at my Gokhale method basic training for only a week. I already noticed very positive changes:
- The quality of my sleep is better.
- When I wake up I feel different – much more relaxed, not stiff.
- I feel taller. For a short person like me (I am only 5’3”) it is a very positive change.
- My pronated feet that I had very hard time correcting with the Egoscue exercises feel different. NO ankle discomfort after hiking or long walks.
- I can position my neck better. As a posture alignment specialist I can objectively see it in the mirror and on the picture below. I can subjectively feel it too.
- I sit straighter and more relaxed in a chair and in a car. It feels better and my back does not get tensed.
- When I now do my Egoscue exercises, I position my pelvis and spine slightly differently. I noticed that by doing it I have a bigger range of motion in my pelvis. To me, this is most important purpose of combining Egoscue and Gokhale recommendations together. If you can develop a proper kinesthetic sense while doing corrective posture exercises you’ll achieve results faster.
I am thrilled that I can see all these changes only after a few days. Of course, being a posture alignment specialist, I have a benefit of understanding what I am doing. I cannot guarantee that every person will have the same results. But this experience gives me a hope. Maybe by combining Egoscue and Gokhale techniques we can achieve a perfect posture after all. I am going to try and will keep you posted.
Be Upright. Be Happy. Live Pain Free.