Posture. And The Message You Send Out
I remember one of my clients told me that the moment I shift the body weight onto one leg I change.
She noticed that when I balance my weight on body legs, stand grounded, tall and my body aligned I have a different attitude.
And she was right. The slightest body movement can send a different message. Sometimes those who receive the message are unaware of it, others feel it or even see it, either way it’s there.
The brain communicates with the body through nerves that send and receive information to and from anywhere in the body.
The nerves the body uses to send and receive information to and from the brain, all go through the neck and spine. Or should I say they come out, they originate, from the spine and then go everywhere in the body.
Your spine can be compared to a garden hose through which you have running water. If the hose is bent there is no water flowing, or very limited. The spine is curves but not bent.
Same goes with your neck. If the neck is not straight then those nerves will not be able to function optimally to send and receive information and so the reactions in the body will not take place in an effective way.
There is much more that takes place in your body as a consequence of your posture. For now just think that without nerves no much takes place in your body and if they don’t function properly it leads to many imbalances in the body.
There are mainly 2 kinds of people
Those who look down into the ground and compress the trachea which can restrict breathing. This position also encourages slouching which, in turn, leads to compressing the rib cage and internal organs. Pressure builds up.
Those who tilt their heads backwards and put a lot of strain on their spine. This also leads to slouching as the shoulders drop forwards.
This is very basic but you go the idea. What we need to find is a balance between the two.
That balance is the elongated, relaxed and aligned posture.
In his studies and practice Frederick Matthias Alexander, as in the Alexander Technique, helped not only patients suffering from physical pain such as neck, shoulders and lower back but he also helped his patients suffering with depression by re-educating their manner of USE, the use they were using their bodies.
It is no surprise that posture affects physical wellbeing as well as mental.
When you are sad for example, all you need to do it change your stance and that changes your mood as well. These are your power stances.
When feel sorry for yourself, you slouch and look into the ground. But the moment you lift your head high and look ahead your attitude changes as well.
These are basic, simple examples. They work in probably any situation. Stand tall and confident and you will notice how your mood, your thoughts and emotions change almost instantly.
In self defense
In fact in martial arts and self defence among the first things they talk about is posture, how you walk and attitude.
You see, someone who walks with their head into the ground, hands in their pockets and slouching are seen as less confident and vulnerable and they often fall victims.
When you are confident on the inside, which can be influenced by your posture, you send out confidence.
Here’s what you might be interested in more. Posture is body language.
In business, negotiations, when you speak in public, when you walk on stage, your posture is the first thing people see.
Actually they do not see your posture, what they actually see is your attitude and confidence.
They see the confidence you have in your own product and service or the words you speak.
What are you telling your audience? That what you do is the best or that you are not very sure whether they should buy from you or not?
Every moment of every day you send a message through your posture. What is the message you send out?
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For me, the journey to an improved posture started when I was 8 years old. That doesn’t make my posture perfect, no one has a perfect posture. However I know I do send out the right message.
Karate Shotokan, Daito Ryu, target shooting, archery, Latin American dancing and all the other sports I practiced since 1995 all require a good command of the body and mind. They also require confidence, power and mental strength.
And posture is where everything begins. As posture will determine the kind and quality of physical movement you engage in and what happens in your mind.
So posture for me, and for my clients, is number one. From the first day we meet my clients hear my talk about posture and every sessions after that.
How about you? Do you think posture matters in your business, profession and life in general? If you are unsure how to achieve a relaxed, elongated and confident posture I would like to invite you on a call with me.
There will be no pitching or selling, and I will take you through a guided visualization which will help you improve your posture. Here’s how you can book.