The human body has evolved over an unimaginable amount of time to become what it is today. Unfortunately, modern society does not reflect the movements our ancestors performed on a daily basis.
We are not designed to sit in chairs and stare at our computer, phone, and television screens. We are built to walk, run, climb, swing, throw, and play everyday. When we sacrifice these natural movements patterns in daily life, our posture suffers.
When alignment and posture become compromised, our other body systems cannot perform correctly. We begin to develop issues in other areas such as our digestive, muscular, respiratory, nervous and circulatory system. This will not only affect our bodies, but our minds as well.
To address posture, we must shift they way we look at movement in day to day life. We must acquire a basic understand for of the human body and what it looks like underneath the skin. We must build a strong sense of mind-body awareness and regain control.
In this course, we will first discuss what proper alignment is and why we loose our ability to move over time. We will then go over basic concepts in regards to human biomechanics and how we develop specific muscular patterns.
Once you understand the core concepts, we will break down each major joint of the body including the spine, hips, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, ankles, toes, ribs, and jaw. With each joint, will go over basic anatomy, postural issues, how to release tension and how to promote proper alignment.
By the end of this course, you will have the tools and techniques to address your specific postural issues and what it takes to fix them.
Through restoring posture, you can alleviate joint pain, perform daily movements with ease and live life to the fullest.
What is posture? Why do we develop dysfunctions and joint pain over time?
Proper standing posture is when all the joints of the body are stacked on top of each other from the front and sides. This includes:
Here is an example of how my posture has changed over time. Keep in mind that this is my natural resting position and I am not trying to force anything. Pictures taken in March, August, December (2015), and January (2016) respectively.
Human beings evolved to move with rotation in the spine. The most basic and fundamental human movement is walking, also known as gait.
My gait cycle as well as issues resulting from improper posture and biomechanics.
Start a movement journal regarding your posture and examples of movement.
The human body is a closed system. Everything is connected.
Fascia is the material that holds our bodies together. It is interwoven between our cells and helps connect everything. Unfortunately, it can promote dysfucntion too.
Human brains are very different than other animals due to our unique frontal lobes. We are constantly learning how to move and adapt depending on how our bodies and perceptions change over time.
Did you know that your muscles talk to each other independently of your brain?
We have protection mechanics that help prevent injury, but can also be used to restore posture.
How would you define pain?
The user manual/formula to start addressing postural dysfunction and realigning your body.
The inescapable force that can hurt and heal us.
One of the most important practices to develop when it comes to healing dysfunction is simply resting on the floor.
Other tools you can use release tension.
Using the wall to guide proper alignment.
We need to practice moving in natural patterns so we can function in unatural ones.
Injury is part of life. It happens and it sucks. So, here are some common injuries and things to consider if they occur.
I have dedicated myself to understanding how the human body works and sharing this knowledge with others. I am a student first and a teacher second.
My journey into the health and fitness industry began in high school when I became an assistant hockey coach. Working with players only a couple years younger than me, I began to cultivate my passion for training.
After high school, I moved from Minnesota to San Diego to pursue a degree in kinesiology. While attending San Diego State University, I founded a martial arts club and continued my love of teaching. I trained students in muay thai kickboxing and self defense.
As I finished up my degree at SDSU, I started my own personal training business. I trained hundreds of clients in a variety of disciplines including martial arts, yoga, strength training, swimming, speed/agility training and meditation. However, all of that changed when I began learning about posture.
I was horrified by how dysfunctional my body had become over the course of my life. Even though I was exercising often and in "good shape," my body was breaking down. I had shoulder pain, lower back pain, TMJ, crepitus, digestive problems, neck pain..and the list goes on.
So, I dived in head first and began researching extensively. I took everything I had learned and started criticizing every little detail. I studied a variety of disciplines revolving around posture such as physical therapy, chiropractics, biomechanics, eastern medicine/philosophy, dance and training with unconventional tools. I experimented on myself and found what worked and what didn't.
Through what I have learned, I have been able to completely change my posture and alleviate my susceptibility to pain/injury.
Now, the journey continues. The never ending journey of learning and sharing this information with as many people as possible.