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    7 January 2019

    Why is bad posture bad for you?

    Posted by Julia Kay

    By Elizabeth Abrahams our resident Alexander Technique Practitioner.

    Why is bad posture bad for you?

    As soon as I tell anyone I teach the Alexander Technique they instantly try to haul themselves up pinning their shoulders back military-style. 

    Stand up straight is advice most children will have heard at one time or another.  But it is uncomfortable and unsustainable. Within minutes they will have sunk back down again

    Most of us feel dismayed at our posture when we catch sight of ourselves in a shop window.

    Our tendency to hunch over our computers and slouch when we are standing puts a lot of strain on our spine and can lead to chronic back pain. Poor posture can also have a negative impact on our digestion and breathing.

    Being the only full-time upright two-footed animal can sometimes seem like a tall order.  

    So how is it possible to improve our posture?

    People generally think of posture as a perfect position and if they could just swap their current stance for a better one that would do the trick.  Unfortunately this doesn’t work.

    It shouldn’t be an effort to hold ourselves up. But we all develop habits which we are totally unaware of. These make being upright more tiring than it need be. Our posture is a powerful and persistent habit. We often don’t even realise we are rounding our shoulders or arching our back. The only time we might take any notice is if something starts to hurt.

    We think of posture as an ideal shape but it isn’t about being fixed or locked into one position. It’s how we sit, stand and move in an easy coordinated way. Young children know how but most of us have forgotten.

    The Alexander Technique can help us become far more conscious of how we may be using an excessive amount of effort and tension, stiffening our back and neck, and tightening our muscles unnecessarily in order to hold ourselves upright.

    But there’ll be no need to balance a book on your head to regain your poise. The Alexander Technique is interested in how we hold ourselves when we are busy or in a rush, on a crowded tube, giving a presentation in front of a large audience, answering emails, or eating a bowl of spaghetti.

    Find out how the Alexander Technique can help.

    Book an appointment with Elizabeth Abrahams.   

    Email: eaabrahams@aol.co.uk     Phone: 07787 904 315 

    Website: the-alexander-technique.co.uk

    Thursday mornings in the Therapy Room at BBC Club Alive W1, Wogan House