Posted by: stgeorgemassage | August 16, 2016

True Anti-Gravity

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“Sit up straight”, “Don’t Slouch!” You probably remember someone telling you these things growing up or maybe not as posture has not been emphasized in our society for many years. Everything we do hunches us over. Texting, sitting at the computer, driving in the car are just a few of the things we do for hours that have a permanent effect on our health. Good Posture is one thing you can do that is easy and cost free that can make the biggest difference in your health.
Because gravity and its effects bear down on us 24/7, we allow it’s forces to make permanent changes in our structure which designed to be extremely effective in a gravity environment. In fact we need gravity to keep healthy. We’ve seen how astronauts loose muscle mass when exposed to weightlessness for long periods,
perfect-postureToday I’m just going to focus on ne aspect of poor posture that effects good health. It’s called “Ventral drag”. If you look at the picture you can see that perfect posture comes from aligning body landmarks, such as the ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle, in a vertical line. The ventral section of the body refers to the main areas of the front torso which are the chest and abdominal. When we sit or stand hunched over, we are compressing these areas like a trash compactor. The effects of compressing our vital organs into a small space means that they can not function as they were intended. It’s impossible to take a full deep breath. This compacting of the digestive area means we cannot process food properly and can lead to almost anything from ulcers to constipation. It can easily compromise reproductive systems and effect a babies proper development during pregnancy. It can effect proper organ health by compressing vital arteries that nourish those organs with fresh blood supply.
Here’s an easy exercise that can help you reduce how much ventral drag you experience. It’s called row your boat. First of all lift your chest and take a deep breath then place your hands in front of you as if you were grabbing onto a set of oars. Then roll your shoulders slowly up to your to your ears as you pull in the oars. Once your shoulders are aligned with the ears, let them drop! This places you in correct posture. Remember what this feels like and place yourself in this posture several times throughout the day particularly if you are spending time at the computer or texting or playing a game. Remember that this is an anti-gravity exercise and you are on you way. Breathe deep and enjoy!
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