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Fri 31 Aug 2018

Ignore your Posture at your Peril – Part 2.

Health & Wellbeing
In this second part of a 2 part series, Anne will illustrate why a muscle we know little about, plays a major role in how we hold our body.

Why is Posture crucial to business life?

Let’s face it, we’re subconsciously judged on the impression we make when we walk into a room.  If that impression includes a hunched back and tight forward leaning shoulders we’re not going to make a positive impression of power, nor do we feel particularly confident if we’re hunched forward.

How is the bottom half of the body involved in poor posture?

Have you stepped up out of a seated position after spending hours at the computer and noticed it takes a minute or two to release out and actually stand up straight?   The muscles involved in that particular move are the only ones that link the top half of the body to bottom half.

The Mighty Psoas.

The Psoas (pronounced so-as) is the only muscle on each side of our body that connects into the lower part of the spine and links up again at the top of the thigh bone.   It’s the muscle that will be involved in Sciatic pain – more about that in another article.   Your Psoas muscle is very efficient at holding your body in that sitting pattern.   If it’s not stretched out regularly it can pull the upper body forward.

A poor posture is a combination of shoulders that come forward with a rounded back linked with a major muscle in the lower half of the body that’s tightening and pulling the body further down.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H for an improved posture.

Simple forward bending to stretch the Psoas and reaching up and back to open the chest and heart region will open up the fascia, improve circulation, the neuro-muscular system, hormones and the respiratory system.

The ageing cascading effect of poor posture.

As tight muscles pull the body into incorrect alignment, the rest of the muscles overcompensate as they assist us to move.  The joints start to feel wear and tear as the body is out of sync and so pain becomes a never ending cycle.

‘Women in particular need to understand how something so simple as physical posture can undermine, or enhance self-confidence. How we stand says something not just about us, but to us.’ Gloria Steinem.

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