What is Posture?
Posture is a term used to describe the body or the arrangements of body parts relative to one another. Ideal postures are those assumed to perform an activity in the most efficient manner utilizing the least amount of energy at any age. All activity begins with a posture and ends with a posture. During normal functioning one’s postures and adjustments to postures are automatic and occur quickly.
As children, we tend to use both sides of our bodies much more easily compared to when we’re adults. As we age, we gradually start to favor one side of the body, forming muscular patterns as we repeatedly strengthen our dominant side. Muscular patterns are also created by our daily routines such as office work, heavy lifting, sports and many, many other activities. The result is that over time — when we do the same things over, and over, and over again — our learned muscle patterns wind up affecting our posture and how our body functions, especially how we breath and move.
As we age, the goal of postural restoration and awareness is to improve bodily functions so we can perform at a higher level, both as youngsters and beyond our eighties. Postural restoration is a simple and essential step towards a healthy and happy lifetime.