Want to change your posture but not sure where to start? This video series is for you! Good posture is about more than just "sitting up straight", it's about creating life long habits that promote comfort and relaxation.
We have the mistaken impression that “proper” posture is overly rigid and stiff, that it is uncomfortable and difficult to achieve.
When babies first learn to sit they naturally elongate the spine. Around preschool age most children in first world countries begin to slump.
Our growing dependence on computers and other devices has caused an epidemic of slouching, especially in the younger generation of "digital natives". While we might feel that slouching is more comfortable in the short term, it contributes to chronic pain.
Studies show that there are considerably fewer back pain sufferers among populations of third world farmers compared with affluent populations in Northern European countries.
Look at the dramatic difference in the bending posture between cultures. The American woman is rounding her spine, slumping her shoulders, and pushing her head forward while the Thai farmers are maintaining an elongated spine.
In our culture it is common to sit with the pelvis tucked and the weight back near the tailbone. This forces the lower back into a rounded position. If you try to sit up straight with a tucked pelvis it will cause discomfort and fatigue in your lower back, making it impossible to maintain that position for more than a few minutes.
In an aligned body, the ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder should be directly stacked on top of each other. A vertical line could be drawn through all weight bearing joints forming a central axis that divides the body nearly exactly in half. With the weight bearing joints stacked, the bones are doing their primary job – holding you up.