This is one of the most important things I can teach you: PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU DO WHATEVER YOU DO ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME!!
Especially if you’re in pain!
The good news is that posture and movement patterns are habits, and habits can be changed.
Here are some factors that influence our habits:
-Our development and positioning in utero (we do what we do and it starts from even that early on!)
-Our development in early childhood and into adulthood and the posture and movement patterns of those closest to us
-Trauma – including physical, mental and emotional
-Repetition without being aware of what we do or the way we do it over years
Just like everything else in life worth having, good posture, which fosters and suports good health, takes attention. At least a little. We can’t control gravity. We can’t foresee accidents or injuries. But we CAN minimize the effects.
In her book, “The New Rules of Posture,” Mary Bond, Movement Instructor at The Rolf Institute, states, “Remember that your posture is a dynamic activity, not a static position you can assume and then forget about.”
Take notice to how you stand, sit, walk, and even sleep, and other activities such as work, sports and play.
One of the easiest, fastest, cheapest things you can do to ease pain is notice what you’re doing when you have pain!
In future blogs we’ll talk more about this, but, for now, sit up straight! You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel right away.