ave you noticed how many of us make our way through life, chalking up our aches and pains, lack of energy and health problems to “Yuppie Flu” or “old age” depending on the stage of life we are in? True, we’re all going to cross the creek at some point, but many of us look and feel like we’re on a head-on collision with the Grim Reaper, hanging on for dear life. This article shows with the aid of a simple experiment that when it comes to your total body health you can choose to be ordinary or extraordinary at any age – naturally!
To thrive or to survive define two extremes of human function. Thrive is defined as to make steady progress or to flourish; survive is defined as to live or exist. In the human, thriving is associated with calm, vigor and health while survival is associated with stress, fatigue and disease.
In fact, you can tell the degree of thriving or surviving simply by looking at someone’s posture since form follows function. For the purpose of this article, “form” is posture and total body health is “function”.
The more collapsed or slumped a person’s posture is, the more they approach the survival stage whereas the more upright and aligned their posture, the more they approach the thriving stage. A survival posture resembles defending and a thriving posture resembles performing.
To prove this, perform this simple experiment: Stand up and slouch your shoulders forward. Move your head left and right. It felt very tight and limited right? Next, lift your left arm from your side straight up in front of you. You will notice tightness and effort needed to lift the arm.
While holding the same slumped posture, try taking a deep breath through your nose. Most likely it feels strained and shallow. Lastly, try to feel happy – like you just won the Lottery. Didn’t feel so great did it? Why? Because the weak, defending state of your body trapped your mind in the same weak, defending state.
Now stand up straight – feel like you are backed up to a wall with your butt, shoulder blades and back of your head touching it. Perform the above tests holding this “on-the-wall posture”. Amazingly, you will notice a substantial improvement in your neck and shoulder flexibility. You will also be able to breathe deeper with less effort and even feel happier and more alive.
Why did this happen? The answer is simple. You unblocked the function of your whole body simply by straightening up. This experiment proves two very important concepts: the body and mind are one and our posture determines our function.
The problem with our western society is that we don’t consider these two concepts as they relate to our health. We like to think that the body as a collection of “parts” and that the mind is somehow separate from the rest of the body.
Our medical system is set up this way too. We have general practice physicians and then a slew of specialists that focus on different regions of the body. Even exercise equipment is designed to isolate individual muscles and yet when we walk or do work in the “real world” muscles must work together as a unit.
Is it possible that the key to total body health is as simple as improving your posture? The answer is YES! While the solution may seem simple enough, actually improving posture has very been difficult – until now. Here’s why.
Our brain like all animals is hardwired for survival so it favors using mobilizing muscles that cause gross movement to move the body away from danger or to push something dangerous away. Stabilizing muscles like the core muscles of the trunk and hip that act as the body’s foundation and ensure postural alignment to the body are less likely to be favored and more likely to become weaker since they oppose movement.
The mobilizing muscles now have to do “double duty”. They compensate by tightening since they have to assume the workload of the weaker stabilizer muscles too. The compensating muscles cannot perform both jobs effectively so muscle strength and length imbalances develop, causing the body to progressively loose stability and collapse into the survival posture.
Just as a house built on an unbalanced foundation will eventually implode on itself, so too will our bodies if the core is unbalanced.
Compensation is a brilliant survival technique to help you run away from a grizzly bear but makes things complicated when you are trying to access the root problem of muscle weakness. So it doesn’t matter how many sit-ups or how much “core training” you do, you will most likely just reaffirm and engrain the muscle imbalances – much like driving your car with bad wheel alignment.
So what is the solution to accessing the weak core muscles and reestablishing the body’s foundation? Wouldn’t it be ideal if there were a technique that could “activate” and strengthen the weak core muscles to help restore muscle balance and function to the entire body?
The good news is there is a technique called Myotonix that does exactly that. It is a manual technique based on the principles and techniques of osteopathy, trigger point therapy and acupressure to improve posture. The results are instantaneous and astounding.