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So What Is A good posture?
Let's get one thing clear. Good posture is NOT about standing or sitting up straight. This is just tightening your back and leg muscles and forcing yourself into a rigid position.
Compare the different sitting positions in the photographs below.
Slouched v. Poised v. Forced sitting
The ideal sitting posture (in the center) puts far less strain on the neck, shoulders and back. The 'forced' and 'slouched' postures require more muscular effort than poised sitting. The subject in the photo will not be able to breathe well in both the slouched and forced posture because she will restrict the movement of her ribcage.
The poised sitting posture allows for good breathing because the spine is passing the weight of her head into the chair and enabling her ribs to move freely. She will not have to try and breathe properly - because she will already be doing so!
To learn how to sit poised you will need to stop doing the things that prevent you from sitting poised. You may be surprised that some of these include conventional advice on sitting properly.
- tightening the lower back in order to sit straight
- dropping the head forward and collapsing the back
- throwing the shoulders back
To sit poised, be aware of the following:-
- tucking your legs under the chair
- the location of where your head sits on the spine click here
- your neck does not support the weight of your head - the chair does
- the movement of your ribs
- if your ribs are not moving sideways, you are not poised
- think of releasing up the front of your body
These thoughts will bring about a subtle change in your body's muscles as they respond to how you think about your position and gravity. A good body shape is attained by NOT trying. A simple truth is that we don't know what good posture feels like - if we did we would already have it!
- let the chair push you upwards