These posture exercises will guide you into your own, unique, ideal posture.
Ideal posture is unique to each of us and
cannot be achieved by imitating a standard model
(a perfectly proportioned body with erect stature, shoulders back, and in perfect alignment—usually found only in an anatomy textbook).
Imitating someone else’s “good” posture contorts your body.

Posture 1 Civilian Human Movement

 

In the name of “good posture”, most of us are frozen into artificial poses that come from decades-old bad advice, compensation, frozen emotional history, repetitive daily movements, wonkiness, asymmetry, and from mimicking the body language of our parents and peers. Let it all go! Let your body align itself into its current best posture (in Gliding alignment), and then allow it to progressively evolve, through Gliding.

 

Posture Paradox

Every body is exactly the same yet completely different. We all start with the same basic body design, yet we each develop unique postural anomalies.

 

A mirror helps you to examine your posture and determine where it is stiff or artificially held in place. Is your body holding you in its body language? Are you avoiding your natural body language? How is all this affecting your neck? What caused each of your postural anomalies?

 


 

Holding Patterns

When a frozen body attitude settles into a holding pattern, we have to live with unyielding, immobile body parts that are no longer able to respond to our calls to motion. The causes can be physical and/or mental/emotional. The goal of Gliding is freedom of movement—to allow body parts to move freely, liberally, smoothly, unencumbered by rigid patterns.

Frozen Emotional History

Much of our body language is a result of frozen emotional history. An internal dialogue that we develop while growing up reminds us that the last time we moved our hand that way we were criticized (or complimented); that when we walked a certain way, we were (praised or) ridiculed; or that so-and-so really liked the way we sat, etc. Layer upon layer, patterns develop that, individually and combined, become our body language. Our frozen emotional history becomes frozen body language.

All too often, people attribute stiff necks and other aches and pains to sleeping in a bad position. If the discomfort is chronic, and lasts for weeks, it may be something deeper than a result of the way you slept last night. Bodywork invariably reveals frozen emotional history and holding patterns—see “Bodywork”.

Locked Knees Cause Lower-back PainAny type of compensation (or repetitive daily movement) eventually becomes a holding pattern—body parts unconsciously hold themselves locked into position. As a result, we create our own postural and structural anomalies. When muscles are repeatedly used in the same way with no variation, they become constantly contracted—see “Spasm, Spasm, Spasm”—while other muscles go unused. Some examples of holding-pattern scenarios are

  • Some people, when crossing their legs, cock the foot of the top leg (with toes held up). This stresses leg muscles. Over time, a great number of leg muscles become locked in a holding pattern. If the same leg is always crossed over the other, then the problem becomes even greater, travelling up into the hip, the back, and other body parts.
  • Attempting to look sexy by forcing yourself into an unnatural position (see photo, right) can inadvertently cause a holding pattern. Note Pascale’s locked knees (locked knees cause lower-back pain).
  • Always holding books in the same arm against the same side of your chest causes a crooked-arm holding pattern.

 

Recognizing Holding Patterns
Any activity that cocks an extremity and holds it crooked for an extended period (for example, driving, where each leg is doing something different and the roles cannot be reversed) creates a holding pattern that sends tension into the body. To feel the dissymmetry and obtain a sense of how to reverse the damage it is causing, find a way to work the (same limb but on the) other side, using the same movement or a different movement that causes the same crook.

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These posture exercises will guide you into your own, unique, ideal posture. Ideal posture is unique to each of us and cannot be achieved by imitating a standard model (a perfectly proportioned body with erect stature, shoulders back, and in perfect alignment —usually found only in an anatomy textbook). Imitating someone else’s “good” posture contorts your body.
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