This morning, I sat in a large hospital waiting room, waiting for my daughter to have an appt. They were running quite behind, which meant we sat for quite some time, giving me plenty of time to people watch.
As I took notice of my posture and how I was sitting, which I do automatically now (but I still check in with myself regularly), I began to notice other people’s posture… I was appalled (and annoyed at our culture in general) that not a single person in the whole place was paying any mind to how they were sitting or standing (including my daughter, whom I gently rebuked for slouching, lol).
I can imagine that this seems a ridiculous rant. But, in my view, I don’t think so…
“According to the World Health Organization, musculoskeletal disease, or the accelerated degradation of hard and soft tissues is the fastest- growing disease category and the second leading cause of disability globally.”*
*The Roll Model Guide, Jill Miller –pg.82
Annnddd then there is this… “The US has only 4.6 % of the world’s population, yet consumes 80 percent of the globe’s painkilling opiate supply.
Let me say that again. We consume 80 percent of the global painkilling opiate supply! That’s just unreal to me. Clearly, we have a huge pain issue in the US.
I’ve already a written an article in my newsletter about how using body rolling can help you to feel better and get you out of much pain. (This will come out to your e-mails soon). But I couldn’t help but write this little side rant to remind people that we have a choice in the way we move, carry ourselves, bend over, etc… It takes practice- tons of it. It takes constantly reminding yourself to un-learn a lifetime of bad habits. But it can be done. And you will feel so much better!! Every movement counts. And even every un-movement. How you stand, how you sit, how you sleep.
It is truly unfortunate that our society has so completely left behind proper movement that we don’t know how to do it naturally. We literally train our infants out of it. Take a look at bouncy swings, and strollers. We train them to sit with a curved spine and tucked pelvis. Then we sit them in a classroom all day, shortening their hip flexors, and give them cell phones to stare down at- creating a jutting chin, and throwing off their spinal column.
All of this, makes an adult who sits in a curved seat in his car, not realizing it’s contributing to his/her back pain. They also have a hunched over appearance from short pectoral muscles from typing on a computer all day. They know that their carpal tunnel syndrome pains stem from their constant computer use, but do not realize it’s due to the fact that their tight pecs and forward shoulders are putting pressure on the nerves that run down the arms, thus creating more pain from their daily position. And I won’t even go into forward head posture, except to say that for every inch in front of the spine that the head is forward (chin is jutted out); there is an extra 10lbs added that your spine is having to compensate for.
3 inches forward= 30 extra pounds… Yikes!
We may have lost our natural, innate body sense of posture, but it’s not too late to learn how to get it back. And it’s certainly not too late to share these methods with your children. This has become a passion for me these past few years, and I spend much time learning, researching, training and experimenting in ways that you can benefit from. I really want to be able to help you feel your best every day. There are techniques and exercises that can help you and they don’t take a huge chunk out of your day..
What can you do now to help yourself? Become aware of YOU. Notice your stance, your stride and your seated behavior. Even the way you sleep. Take note of where you carry your tension or feel aches and pains throughout your day. That’s the first step. Second step? Add more movement to your day. Everyday. That doesn’t necessarily mean more “exercise”. Any movement to help shake out the cobwebs is a great thing!
Next step? Make an appt with me. I’d love to have you as a client and help you make some minor tweaks that just might make some major improvements in your overall body movement.