Discover The Many Positive Benefits Of Having A Healthy And Natually Tension Free Posture

They say.

"You power is in your posture"

It is impossible to experience and enjoy those sweet and blissful feelings of flow and inner peace if you're holding yourself in tense, stiff and uncomfortable postures.

Stiff or collapsed posture can cause low moods, low confidence emotions and feelings of pain and discomfort.

It is a well known fact that our posture can have a direct impact on our mood and our thought processes as well as our confidence, happiness and charisma but bad posture can also play havoc with your digestive system and restrict your breathing.

A natural, poised and well balanced posture can help trigger feel good emotions and in numerous scientific studies positive emotions have been linked to better health, better well-being and even a longer life.

Tense or collapsed posture can trigger low moods, thoughts and feelings of insecurity which can have a negative affect on your mood, your health and your quality of life.

What is good posture? 

We hear a lot about having good posture. But sometimes, what you think is good posture, may be bad posture.

You could describe good posture as. Standing, sitting and moving with poise, ease and the least amount of tension and effort. 

This is where our bodies are at its full natural expansion, without stiffening and you're in alignment and balance with gravity.

There is a lot of advice about correcting your posture, but you have to be very careful doing this physically, otherwise you will create more tension in the body, not less.

Ideally, you want to release tension, not create it. This is why the Alexander Technique focuses on, adjusting your posture through the thinking method.

Maybe a better way to describe it is, getting rid of any bad habits, creating new good postural habits, releasing tension, and working with gravity and your natural balance. 

Instead of going against it, and stop doing the things that have been causing any bad posture or tension in the body. 

Take a look at the poise of young children

Good posture is not something that we need to learn, but more of a case of something we need to return to or relearn and educate our body.

Because, you have already experienced good healthy balance, poise and alignment when you were a young child. 

All young children between the ages of around two to around five have natural, healthy upright and aligned postures.

They move about smoothly, with a natural balance and poise. But as we move through our school days and into adult life we take on many bad posture habits.

You may have already tried to move back into what you think or what you may have need told is good posture. 

The trouble is when we try to physically correct our posture, we usually make things worse.

Children stand and sit at their full expansion without stiffness and without trying to pull or push themselves up.

They do not try to tuck in their pelvis or their butt, and they move about and stand freely without holding onto and tension and without trying to hold themselves up through physical effort.

Children do not have to try and find good posture, because it comes natural to them, but the real big difference with children than adults is. 

They do not have any bad postural habits, like slouching or trying to stand or sit to attention in a stiff and rigid posture. 

They do not brace or hypertensive their legs and they do not lock their knees or ankles. 

Sometimes we need to learn from the toddlers rather than tell them how to sit and stand.

Often we are advised how to sit and stand, and although these people mean well, sadly there is a lot of bad advice about, especially from some of the bodybuilders.

You may have been told to stand tall to make you feel more confident, and although you should not slouch or allow your body to collapse, trying to stand tall can result in muscle tightness and stiffness.

A young child does not think about their posture, because it is something that happens naturally and automatically without having to try.

Often as adults, when we do try to get what we think is good posture, it  turns out to be bad posture.

Knowing what type of posture you are

Before you can find your natural balanced and aligned posture you have to know what posture you are.

If you feel uncomfortable, negative or tense. Then this could mean that you're standing out of alignment and balance.

Many people stand in what is described as an S shape types of posture. This is where you have your hips pushed to far forwards, your chest is lifted and you have too much curve in your back, otherwise known as being in a lean back posture.

If you think that you have too much curve in your spine and your stuck in a S shape or you're out of alignment.

Then the video below can help you to return back to your natural, feel good posture.

Bad posture Habits

The problems often start around school age when we start to slump and slouch in our chairs, we tend to stiffen our necks or we allow our bodies to collapse.

A young child does not think about their posture, because it is something that happens naturally and automatically without having to try.

Often as adults, when we do try to get what we think is good posture, it  turns out to be bad posture.

Other things that can contribute to our bad posture habits and pull us down or forwards can be, are our jobs, our work station, house old choirs and even some of our recreational hobbies or leisure activities we pursue.

When people try and correct their posture, they either listen to inaccurate advice or they attempt to physically correct their posture without really knowing what a healthy posture is.

The one thing that you should avoid is trying to physically hold yourself up or in what you might think is good posture as this will cause even more tension and stiffness.

Benefits of good natural posture

There are many positive benefits of having natural poise, balance and alignment. Including, you will be free of tension, you will feel more relaxed and comfortable, you will be in the blissful flow state and you will look and feel younger.

The video below will show you what good poise, balance and alignment looks like

1. You Will Feel Better 

Did you know it's very hard to feel depressed if you have an upright and relaxed posture, we're not talking about this so called perfect rigid posture, a good posture is an upright, relaxed and aligned body stance.

Your posture should be subconsciously controlled, we only develop poor posture by practicing bad sitting and standing habits..

Your posture has a profound impact and influence on how you feel, our posture is linked to our mood, people who are depressed tend to slouch and drop their heads, hunching and slumping your body is also linked to anxiety and insecurity. 

The positive effects of a good posture are, it will make you feel better, happier and more relaxed, your mind and body will become balanced and in harmony with each other.

When our body is relaxed and balanced our energy flows freely, this is our natural feel good flow state. 

When we are not in the feel good flow, we become more stressed, frustrated and irritated and we tend to mess up things more.

When we slouch, lean back or we adopt a ridged military type posture our body becomes out of alignment and balance, our internal organs don't function as efficiently as they are designed to and our energy becomes blocked and stagnant.

2. You Will Have More Energy 

You only have to slip into a slouched and slumped posture for a few minutes and it will start to zap the energy out of you. 

Slouching is the quickest way to drain your energy, it can cause you to breathe shallow as well as affecting your digestive system. Our posture and breathing can have a massive impact on our life.

3. Flexibility In Your Body 

When we are standing or sitting upright in a relaxed position so our body is in complete alignment and balanced, this should mean your bones and skeleton are doing all the work to support you and not your muscles just as they are designed for. 

Because your bones are supporting you, then your muscles will become free and flexible. 

This will make it easier for you to move your body in a natural and more effortless free flowing way, allowing you to go into your old age, with better mobility, you will feel healthier, more active and more energized.

4. You Will Be More Happier

It is well documented how depressed people have collapsed and slouched bodies where their head drops pushes forward, they back curves and their shoulders become rounded so they are looking at the ground which will very quickly put you into a negative energy. 

A relaxed poised upright and balanced posture will very quickly make you feel better and your mood will soon lift. 

Make sure you don't forcefully or physically adjust your posture and avoid lifting up your chest and pulling your shoulders back like most people do because any attempt to physically pull and hold yourself up will make things worst.

5. Reduce Muscle Tension 

A lot of muscle tension and stiffness is a direct result of poor body posture being out of alignment and balance, where some muscles have to tighten to compensate for the under use of others.

Although emotional stress and nervousness can account for some of our tension, the biggest contributor to muscle stiffness is when your body is out of alignment or you are trying to forcefully hold, push or pull yourself up. 

Also, when we slouch or lean backwards in a sway back type of posture our body will become out of alignment, and the muscles will have to tighten to do the work that is designed for our bones.

We are supposed to be like a pillar where our body, head sits over our body and our body is supported by our legs or the chair if were seated. In this correct posture our bones will be doing all the supporting and holding us up.

Standing in a rigid military type of posture for just a short period of time can cause severe muscle tightness, as the muscles are forced to stiffen to hold the overextended body and spine.

6. Reduce Aches And pains

If you have any back or neck pains you should check them out with your doctor first, but many pains are due to bad posture and bad body mechanics, poor posture can lead to soreness, aches and pains and long term bad posture can lead to eventual hip and knee ware and even replacements.

Our internal thoughts and feelings can affect our physical body and our physical body can affect our thoughts and feelings, both slouching and over straightening can cause muscle tightness and body pains.

7. You Will Have Less Stress 

A calm and relaxed poised posture will help you to relieve your stress and anxiety, you can control your thoughts, emotions and feelings by learning how to control your body. 

Stress and anxiety are linked to the fight or flight mechanism, this means when your body is stressed and tense your mind will interpret this that something bad is going to happen, your senses and body will scan for future threats, this will keep you stuck in a fearful survival mode state.

When we feel threatened, we either tense our body and shoulders, or we shrink into a guarded stance. 

By holding a relaxed but upright posture you will feel less threatened in your surrounding environment, meaning you will have less trouble with stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling in the free flowing sweet state.

Bad posture can also restrict your breathing and play havoc with your digestive system, and stiffening the legs can also restrict our blood flow.

8. Our Posture Affects Our Thinking 

Our mind and body are intricately linked, the body does not work on its own and we have a complex mind body interaction. 

Our body can follow the lead set by the mind, when we think negative thoughts, our body responds to them, this results in negative feelings and unpleasant sensations which are felt in the body. 

This works the other way around as well, our mind is affected by our body, change your physiology and your thoughts will soon match the state you're in, you will also think more clearly and your creativity and your other mental faculties will improve. 

When the body is relaxed you will have more creative and positive thoughts, when the body is tense you will have more tense and anxious thoughts, change your posture and you can change your thinking.

9. Increased Confidence 

A aligned and balanced healthy posture will make you look and feel more confident, you will be more successful and you will talk more clearly and naturally.

Confidence gives you power and strength, people tend not to pick on the strong and confident type, when slouch you will have more feelings of insecurity, we go into a low confidence state.

When we slump our emotional state will change and we will soon experience low confidence emotions, it will make you feel tired, low on energy, sad and vulnerable.

10. Increased Intelligence And Better Concentration 

When you have a good relaxed posture you will think more positively and clearly, you will feel more relaxed and at ease. 

This positive and calm state will improve your creativity, you will think more clearly, you will experience less of those heavy and negative emotions and it can help to increase your intelligence, your concentration and focus should improve. 


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