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How To Look Better By Improving Your Posture
by Athena Goodlight   
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Last edited: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Your posture has a lot to say about you.

What’s good about posture is that you can teach it to say what you want it to—you can train it to express your self confidence and say the right thing all the time.

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Reviewed by Lama Tantrapa
The idea of developing and maintaining "good posture" sounds reasonable and appealing. However, the ways this author suggests to improve your posture seem to be rather "cookie cutter" and dogmatic, as though all people have the same postural misalignments or need to make the same corrections. Tensing up the "muscles you did know you had" also is very misleading, since the best posture would be the one that requires the least amount of muscular effort to maintain. Ideally, your body can remain upright, despite the gravity force constantly pulling it down, by letting the bone structure of the spine to carry the weight. Only when the bones are out of alignment or you perform some dramatic movements, should your muscles engage in compensating for the lack of the skeletal support. Those of us who keep the spine and other bones out of alignment due to poor postural habits have to continuously keep the muscles tense, which requires a lot of energy. Unlike the bones, muscles burn energy to perform, yet they are never as strong as bones. Besides, sooner or later, the muscles get tired, and begin to ache or even go into spasms. The author's suggestions to "keep the head high" and other similar commands the he mom or the drill sergeant would give require using your muscles instead of the bones to stand. Her lack of understanding of this simple principle may lead not only to sore and stiff muscles by the end of the day, but also to a variety of greater health issues stemming from the energetic blockages created by the tension. Are there any alternatives? Yes, the poor posture is always a result of excessive tension that misaligns the spine and creates imbalance. In order to find alignment, you need to stop tensing those chronically tense muscles, rather than use the muscles antagonists to counter the original tension with more tension. Learning about your habitual tension may require experimenting with tensing and relaxing the muscles that contribute to your existing misalignments. Once you become aware of the specific muscles you unconsciously keep tense, then you can choose to stop tensing them. As it were, you cannot doing something if you do not know that you are doing it. Letting go of tension and developing better posture is often a matter of doing less than you are used to.
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