Proper Alignment and Posture

June 20th, 2017

 

The elements that connect to the spine are often referred to in terms of the alignment. In particular, these elements include the upper and lower binding structures, also known as the shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle. These structures are essential to support the framework of the spine and body. In the Study of Bodiesology®, we look to the girdles as the support system for stabilizing and balancing static dynamic movement. 


 

From this point of view, the spine can balance the movement of the energetic body. This body is often referred to in terms of physical form, as it contains the connection of the vital organ systems that support the function of this vehicle. As well, the word “form” is also associated with the term posture. Yet, the form is not confined to posture, as it defines the alignment of the body. 

 

 

The term posture relates more to an aspect that can be observed during movement and activity. When we move with good posture, this can be seen as a connection between the shoulders and scapulae (or shoulder blades) as well as the pelvis and sacrum located at the base of the spine; whereby, these two regions are interconnected and inter-dependent through a deeper, more internal physical structure, namely the spine. 

 

 

If someone is “sitting” with poor posture, this is evident in these structures that are connected within the central region of the spine. This is partly why the condition of the spine is greatly affected by the weakening of the musculoskeletal system as well as the degeneration of the neuromuscular connections.

 

 

However, if the body is in proper alignment, then, the posture is supported by its framework. By this, the relationship between the skeletal and muscular structure is supportive to the overall structure and function of the body. As well, the attachments (often termed ligaments, tendons and cartilage) also play a major role in the stability and mobility of the body during movement and activity.

 

 

Yet, if these connective attachments are not supporting its framework, then, you can experience excessive tension and/or stress during certain postures, such as sitting or standing. This build up of tension can lead to excessive tightness and/or stiffness that is often associated with another area or region of the body. This means that other regions can become weakened through repetition and/or overuse, such as the lower back and spine.

 

 

Tension and stress can be alleviated through the Proper Alignment and Posture. The body has proper mechanisms, which allow us to become self-aware as well as correct any misalignments, such as the mechanisms that work in conjunction with the breath. More Specifically, the (central) diaphragm is a mechanism that allows us to consciously connection with the spine (and its extremities (arms and legs)) to re-establish a correct postural alignment.

 

 

When we begin to re-connect with this central energetic force, we can establish and re-affirm the boundary conditions necessary to support spine and body. The diaphragm is not just a pump that acts with pressure and tension, but rather, the central diaphragm is a component of the breath, which assists to consciously connect us to the living body. This means that when we are breathing (consciously), we are engaging in an experience that is vital for our survival. Therefore, the breath is not a mere function and property of the body - but it is essential for its existence.

 

 

Thank you for reading about, “Proper Alignment and Posture.” We invite your comments and questions below.

 

Namaste Wellness Centre Bodiesology® (nwcbodiesology) will be teaching classes on Proper Alignment and Posture. 

 

These classes will offer a new dimension to your routine and expand your understanding of the overall connection between the mind, body, and breath.

For more information, contact info@nwccpilatesyoga.net

 

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