Updated: Mar 3, 2019
Before I knew about the importance of good posture, my body was hurting. And I was in my 20’s!
I had decided I wanted to become a triathlete. Swimming, biking and running in one event.
I had been an average runner, though my former husband wanted me to run longer distances with him. (He was an ultra-marathoner.) I tried to but my knee blew out. The result of people-pleasing once again.
I had thought that cross-training would give my body a chance to balance out but, in fact, I started to hurt more.
What I learned was that I had poor posture, and a very curved low back - both scoliosis and lordosis - which kept pinching the nerves and causing pain.
It took a year of posture and movement study to understand how to uplift and align my body so I could stand tall AND get out of pain.
Perhaps more importantly, the method was called Movement Therapy because there were also mental and spiritual components to it.
The key was that there were common, CORE elements from Pilates, dance, yoga and the martial arts so it was as if I had studied lifetimes to gain what a few teachers had consolidated into one training.
I was so excited by this improvement I spent the next five years training other teachers in the same method.*
I learned a great deal about how my body language spoke subconsciously to others as well.
My torso leaned back as if I were afraid of people, and the compression in my spine literally showed everyone the weight of the world was on my shoulders.
My body showed I had a lack of confidence.
We can all read it, whether we know this or not.
Some part of our brain has registered this skill from the beginning of time.
Who is ‘weak’ and who is a formidable enemy, from caveman days.
Quick exercise: Take a moment to lift your torso up out of your hips, toward the ceiling. Lift tall into the top of your head. Can you breathe a bit better? Relax your shoulders at the same time?
Elongating your spine has caused your waistline to cinch in a bit too. Very cool dance training in just a minute’s time!
I’ll share more over the next couple of blogs.
Lift tall and look grand, I always say! A sante, Judy
*One of my Grand-Teachers was Anna Halprin, the famous dance teacher who danced her way out of cancer. At her 75th birthday celebration in San Francisco, I watched her curl up into a ball on stage and twist around like a pretzel. So flexible! She is now 96. Here is her story.
If you're interested to learn posture & movement training, you can find my video series here.
Judy Cameron was an OB-GYN & Ovarian Cancer researcher at UC San Francisco for 30 years, and because she became interested in what other cultures and natural disciplines had to say about healing, she began researching stress relief methods that actually prevented disease. Her specialties are Qigong, Acupressure Point Tapping, Mind-Body Medicine and Posture & Movement Therapy. Feel free to contact Judy at Judy@JudyCameron.com