The 5 Essential Steps for Perfect Posture

Written by Emma Tommasini


 

Meet Ross our knowledgeable, skilled and popular Massage Therapist. Ross has been trained in Remedial Therapies from both a Western and Eastern perspective.

Ross educates his clients (and often other staff members too!) on good posture beyond the massage table. Being mindful of proper alignment on a day to day basis can reduce the strain on the ligaments and muscles that support the spine and reduce muscle fatigue, spasms and pain. 

Below Ross shares his 5 Posture Cues for happy shoulders and neck : 

1. Soft
All muscle in the neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms should be soft and switched off entirely - no flexion, no tension
2. Low 
As a result of that looseness in the muscles mentioned, the neck, shoulders and arms should melt downward, completely, to their lowest point, the state of maximum relaxation.
3. Close
Everything you are working with (keyboards, mouses, etc) should be as close as possible, allowing the elbows to remain by your sides, and soft and low to remain.
4. Straight
Again, everything you are working with should be directly in front of you. Therefore, no turning of the neck or torso should be occurring.
5. Centre of Gravity
The entire upper body should be positioned directly above the hips, above the centre of gravity, as if in a 'safe-lifting procedure'. Any positioning of the torso behind or in front of the hips requires the flexing of certain muscles (no matter how 'relaxing' this may feel).
The above is the "DEFAULT POSTURE", the key point to remember is that the body loves movement and changing positions, so the Default Posture should be aimed for MOST of the time, not all the time - lazing about is okay, the body WANTS to do that. But DEFAULT POSTURE should be maintained at least 70% of the day.
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