Mel Collie | Posture – stretch it out?
Theres many different types of posture, you are unique, so its pretty much guaranteed that your posture is different to the next person, and just being told to stretch your hip flexors or your back or your neck or hamstrings to correct posture might just not work for you…so is there another way? A way that looks at not stretching hamstrings which are tight..as we believe that they are tight for a reason, so if you stretch them, and they don’t let go, its because they don’t think its safe to do so, theres something not happening in the structure of your body, and mind, which wont allow those tight muscles to let go.
So…what is going on?
Deep in your CNS (Central nervous system), you are deeply inscribed reflexes since you were born. What happens to you during your life affects your health and wellbeing, which in turn shows in your posture, which means your responses to events in your life are shown in your muscular responses.
Theres 2 major reflexes triggered by stress, which account for a large portion of the physiological problems as we age.
These are known as the RED light reflex and the Green light reflex.
Essential for our survival, these two reflexes protect us from danger and move us forward toward opportunities and change.
Now these 2 reflexes oppose each other, pulling in opposite directions , engaging all muscles and the CNS when faced with a withdrawal from lifes stresses and worries or when faced with a more positive outlook.
In a bit more detail, heres those two reflexes:
Red Light: When we feel fear, the body tends to tense up, the jaw clenches, the head moves forward, the abdominals tighten up, the diaphragm tightens, the breath is held, the legs turn inwards, the feet look pigeon toed, the hamstrings contract to bend the knees, the fists clench, the elbows flex. A stooped over posture, with shoulders being rolled forwards, breathing is affected, creating a smaller frame to protect us from fear, as we used to do when being chased by a predator, wishing to be smaller so we arent seen. Red light posture can increase blood pressure, painful necks, disrupted inhalation, pressure on the bladder.
Green Light: When we call our neuromuscular system to action, an action of assertiveness. The neck is pulled backwards, the shoulders pulled down, the chest lifted, contraction of the glutes, legs rotate outwards, knees straighten, gthe thighs are extended, the feet pronate (rotate inwards) . The Green light reflex used when we have to about our daily duties at home and work, stimulating action, using the muscles we need to move ahead. During times of stress, this reflex is called upon the most.
So, as we age, we see saw between these two, but as we age further they interfere with each other.
The contraction of back muscles in the green light reflex pulls the lower back and neck into a curve , back pain can be the result of our CNS, and using simple movement and simple techniques to test and “reset” our system, we can easily reduce the pain, understand it and live a better pain free life, from the inside out.
Our muscles will then react better and be stronger quicker and for longer without as much fatigue as we have been experiencing from constantly tight muscles.
Workshop coming up October 12th at 10am for 3 hours in Redruths Natural Therapy Centre. Book here: https://v1.bookwhen.com/melcollie
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Pilates Level 3
Kinetic Chain Assessor Level 4