Culture of Posture Blog Series #2: Heal Your Spine with Head Carrying

Culture of Posture Blog Series #2: Heal Your Spine with Head Carrying

Putting a small weight on the head is the best way to re-train the spine to rest in a friendly relationship with gravity. If you have to carry on your head it keeps the rest of your spine honest. You get immediate feedback if you are slumping, crunching, flattening or exaggerating your spinal curves. This technique has had a tremendous healing effect on my back (and my life) and the backs of my friends, students and clients over the last few months. Try it while you're working and walking to reduce neck and back pain over time. When we are talking about creating healthier habits in the human body, little things make a big difference and have a domino effect on all areas of our lives. The more intimate we become with our body, the more we offer our awareness and intention towards living more comfortably in our vehicle, the more energy we have to offer our fullest selves into the world in service of others.

 

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The Culture of Posture Blog Series #1: A Culture of Discomfort

The Culture of Posture Blog Series #1: A Culture of Discomfort

What laws of nature, our genetic code and our musculoskeletal structure are we systematically ignoring as a culture? How can we return to a friendly relationship with gravity, trading muscular tension and imbalance for enhanced energy and vitality? There are many populations around the world where human bodies function beautifully, without pain, until the day they die. Beginning around WWI, in industrialized societies like ours, preventable chronic and sporadic physical discomfort has evolved into an epidemic.

Just like language, how we sit, stand, walk and carry things are behaviors we learn by modeling, from our parents, friends, school and our environment. The musculoskeletal structure, however, is not really amenable to contemporary creative interpretation and you can only ignore universal laws for so long before you experience disk degenerating, muscular imbalance and physical discomfort, which we are now experiencing in epic proportion. There is hope for us and you are being called to be a leader in this cultural movement. Read on...

 

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