Posture: Awareness is self-correcting
This is a principle used in learning many skills. For example, some skiing coaches, instead of loading their students’ heads full of complicated instructions, just get them to become aware of the angle of their skis edging into the snow.
The idea is that awareness of this will allow your body to do all the complex adjustments that it does naturally. You just need to set up awareness feedback loops.
These feedback loops are an essential part of listening to and understanding your body and moving better. It is the same with posture. Once you have the awareness of what good posture feels like, and keep that awareness in mind, you will naturally self-correct your posture. After all, you had perfect posture as a child – you just need to remember what it felt like. In our modern world, we are constantly in environments where bad posture is endemic.
Sitting for 8 hours a day in front of a computer is not a natural state – in fact, it did not exist until about 40 years ago. Problems like Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) and chronic lower back pain were not all that common until we changed our work habits.
That is why if you are in chronic pain, correcting your posture is one place to look for a solution.
To learn more, book an hour appointment with Steve and I will share with you my seven years of tips on good posture and self-awareness.