How do you know when you’re posturally imbalanced?
You don’t give yourself enough credit with analyzing your own body but on a daily basis you are more in tune with your body than any professional out there can tell you in one session.
A lot of it has to do with bringing your conscious attention to what your body is saying to you on a daily basis.
How then can you use the ample amount of time you spend with yourself, to bring your body into an agreeable posture that flows with factors such as gravity and tension?
The simplest and most effective way is to observe yourself in the mirror with a bikini/boxers. Front, back and side view. Notice where your skin is bunched up in certain areas vs the other. For example, your right neck curve may have a sharper curve in relation to the left, and that may indicate the tissues in that area are fascially pulled and could use a bit of opening up.
Below are the 5 key regions to calibrate throughout your day in order to train yourself into a state of equilibrium.
Start from the base and work your way to the crown.
1: The Feet
Where do you feel your weight when standing? Are your toes practically clenching into the ground to stabilize you? Are you pushing your weight onto the sides of your feet? Are your toes slightly off the ground due to you leaning back onto your heels?
2: The Knees
Are you locking your knees out or are you bending your knees too much? How does one knee look in relation to the other, is one rotated inward vs the other?
3: The Hips
Do you have that overly exaggerated low back curve? <most of my ladies are cursedly blessed with this posture. It looks good to poke your glutes out, but what stresses are you experiencing in your body trying to maintain this state of curvaceousness? Are your glutes constantly tucked in leaving you with a straight lower back spine?
4: The Torso
Are you practically hugging yourself inwardly with a forward slouched posture? Have you made it to the marines yet with the outwardly protruding chest?
5: The Neck
Is your head reaching forward more than 2 inches? Is your head tilted or shifted to the left, right or back?
Being able to observe these small shifts on your own can jump start your journey to a healthier and more agreeable posture with mama earth’s unseen forces.
Take the extreme of where you’re currently sitting and aim to make slight shifts in the opposite direction. This can be achieved by stretching the shorter/more compressed areas out, tilting your pelvis back or forward by engaging your core or stretching out your hamstrings and glutes. Once your eye learns to analyze your gross tissue imbalances, the calibration process becomes second nature.
Understandably, there are many factors to consider when looking at posture, e.g. Lifestyle and daily activities, however these broad key points will kickstart your ability to see what your therapist sees and add more efficacy to your self care regimen.
Remember, whenever in doubt, ask your therapist. You will receive an in depth assessment of how your body dances with space enabling you to live pain free as you should be!