Common Misconceptions About Posture
The majority of people who come to my studio with misaligned posture lead quite a sedentary life style. They understand the connection between their lack of movement and postural deviations.
There is also a category of clients who are out of alignment and have chronic pain despite all their efforts to stay fit. These are the people who exercise regularly and who are in a pretty good physical shape.
I even have a couple of clients who are fitness instructors. Their physical strength and endurance are much better than mine.
They are also the worst clients because they love to exercise. They find routines I give them for their misaligned postures too “easy” and “boring”. They believe in muscle conditioning and always seem to think that all they need is to exercise just a little bit harder.
At the same time, I often hear how tight they are. They always want yet another really good stretch I could recommend for their quads, or calves, etc. While their muscles are toned and look good – and I do love to exercise as well, I know that stretching is not a solution. What they really need is a consisted effort to restore their alignment. To restore the grace of the moving upright posture, an amazing musculoskeletal structure we were given at birth to develop and maintain.
As a posture alignment specialist I know that many people believe that:
- They inherited their bad postures: I look exactly as my mom (or aunt, or uncle, etc.), it runs in the family.
- Nothing they can do to change their postures or it requires too much time and effort they cannot invest.
- They are too old to worry about their postures and it is too late to do anything about posture improvement.
- Their joints or back pain cannot be really treated with postural exercises and much more medical intervention is needed.
Are these beliefs legitimate? Before I answer this question, I want to clarify what posture is.
Posture is determined and maintained by coordination of the various muscles that move the limbs.
It can be easily identified by the relative position of spine, pelvis, and all the loading joints: shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.
We live in the world where so few people with good posture that bad postures became a new norm. Majority of us do not realize that:
“A common characteristic of people who live in their bodies in a naturally aligned way is the ease and freedom of their movements, even when they are performing physically challenging tasks”.
Kathleen Porter, Director of the Center for Natural Alignment in Portland, Oregon.
I doubt that the woman below even knows what a gym is but I bet that very few fitness instructors can do what she does daily:
In my next post I am going to talk about how and why our postures become misaligned.
Be Upright. Be Happy. Live Pain Free.