Mel Collie | Change Your Posture in a Week?
Can you change your posture in a week?
Changes that last and that reduce pain and tight muscles?
Change that reduces tight hamstrings, weak glutes and tight shoulders?
Before you think ‘Ive lost it and 7 days isn’t long enough, then you are right..it isn’t! However, I love to prove you wrong, but I’m not out to to impress you, Im just simply looking for a way that works, that constantly proves its assessments are thorough, and hat doesn’t leave me hunting or guessing.
So, to test my theory, to see if what I have learned was going to work, I needed to test it on real people. Is that illegal in some countries? Maybe!
Anyway, I posted in a local Facebook group(its great for somethings!) for someone who had SI Joint pain, and this lady stepped up. With pain in her SI joint (sacro-iliac), that was my focus in the first sessions.
She is dedicated and did her daily homework, which didn’t take more than 5 mins a day.
She came back in the second week as a follow up, so I could check her homework and she could give me an update.
Those follow up appointment are crucial, the body works in patterns, unravelling the main one can uncover others..and that showed in this second appointment.
A further posture check to see what, if anything, had changed
And rather than guessing at what needs stretching because its tight, I used NKT protocols.
As a pattern detective in training, I assessed her movement patterns.
That means checking how effective was her hip flexion, knee flexion, arm flexion. What pattern does her brain have in its software to use these movements?
A chat about her history gave me a few clues, checking her posture assessment gave me more clues, and checking her organised and disorganised muscles gave me other clues.
I felt like a proper Poirot!
Assess, I don’t guess.
You are unique
Just because you have SI joint pain doesn’t mean the painful area needs stretching.
Just because you have tight neck doesn’t mean it needs stretching. You could be stretching a muscle thats exhausted , has been hanging on for so long its knackered and is telling you its had enough, its pissed off, it wants you to get those other muscles working pretty quick.
Which muscles to test though?
We looked at her right shoulder which was rolling inwards from a tight pec minor. When thats pulling forward then something in the back changes.
After testing a few muscles, her mid and upper Trapezius muscle turned out to be a little bit unorganised, as well as her Latissimus Dorsi.
The tests don’t take long, checking the work and being thorough means you do take time though to ensure that the pattern you have found holds.
Thats the fun of being a pattern detective..
Before and After photos in just 7 days, yep, we’ve still got work to do on that hip. Homework in her second week is for glutes, psoas and trapezius. Why those? Because they all showed up as being disorganised by testing patterns.
Its that simple…:)