In last month’s Ponsonby News my article “What is a Postural assessment” explained what a postural assessment is all about and who might need one. A postural assessment tells me exactly what I need to teach you to correct your posture. From the assessment a specific tailored plan is written and the coaching begins. Re-correction starts with learning where your body should be in space. We must know how to organize and stack our body up correctly just like bricks stack on top of each other. At first these new positions feel very foreign and it is hard to hold them for any length of time. But with consistent reinforcement, education and practice of the specific exercises you learn, over time you will have a fabulous new position that is no longer hard to hold. This is a big learning curve, adventure and re-education of your body in all planes of moment – much more than just standing up straight. We have all heard we need to put our shoulders back or stand up straight. Not only are these the wrong cues, it is it not something we can hold for more than a few seconds. Old patterns die-hard and expert help is needed regularly over time to make sustainable change. Below are questions frequently asked about posture correction! Can I correct my posture? Yes you can definitely correct your posture if you are willing to do the work that is required –if you do decide to put in the time and effort you will have better posture than ever before. What are the benefits of Posture Correction? – Postural aches and drag on your neck, back and shoulders diminish – Joints can rest easy in their optimal position. – Tightness and tension melts away over time. – You can breath with ease as the diaphragm and ribcage is not tight and collapsed. – Your nervous system can work freely to supply power to your body. – Your organs can live in their correct place. – Your energy is not under constant drain. – You know how to move, lift and bend correctly so you don’t keep hurting yourself. – You know how to exercise in optimal position to continue correcting your posture. – Your sport will improve. – You look 10 years younger with all curves in the right place. – You stand out from the crowd as nearly everyone else has poor posture. – You look confident. – You become injury free. – You sleep better. How long will it take to correct my Posture? Correcting posture is a long-term project not a quick fix. If you were learning a language you could learn it quickly or spread it out over a longer time – you might be happy talking a few words or you might want to be fluent. Learning to correct posture is the same. It is the early phase of learning you need more tuition to change strongly ingrained patterns and over time you do more on your own. The more attention you give your new skills and exercises and integrate them into your daily life the faster it will be. I have many clients making amazing changes very quickly when they have the desire, dedication and discipline. It is such a pleasure to see. Do I need a gym? Your program is developed to suit you and your lifestyle. If you are gym-based we will utilize that if not you can workout from home with a Swiss ball and other bits. Will I have exercises to do myself? You will be working on specific exercises the moment you start your coaching. You will have great tools to back up your education. A detailed online program as well as each exercise videoed on your phone so you have all instructions to practice at home or gym. No matter what exercise or sport you are doing, correcting your posture will help. If you don’t know exactly where your body position should be you cannot possibly train it to stay there. How do we get poor posture? Our bodies have been in poor position for many years. From childhood we slouch at our desk, carry heavy bags; hang on our hips, fall of bikes or other knocks and bangs. Most of us have never learnt how to hold and move our bodies. This get worse as we age. If you are ready to correct your posture for good, contact me today to discuss how I can help you get there.
Michelle Owen is New Zealand’s most knowledgeable structural and postural health expert. She is highly trained in identifying and correcting dysfunctions in your body that may be causing pain, injury, or reduced physical performance. Michelle has refined a highly specialised approach to postural correction that blends extensive skills as a C.H.E.K Practitioner, corrective high-performance exercise kinesiologist, postural specialist, and strength coach. This methodology incorporates ELDOA and myofascial stretching, global postural stretching, functional range conditioning, kin stretch, and soma training. With this approach, she has helped hundreds of people find freedom in their body and relief from pain.