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Jator Pierre Posture 3

Posture: The WE (water | Earth) Approach Part 3


Sitting at my computer writing this blog I am very conscious of my posture.  Do I have my neutral lumbar curve = check, is my thoracic spine in proper alignment = check, do I have my head and shoulders in alignment = check.  I run this tape loop in my head at all times.  As my own posture has normalized I have found less need to run this loop during my daily activities but the need is always there when I am in an ergonomic environment that my body was not designed for = cars, couches, desks, computer, sending texts on the phone etc… “We are still cavemen, just wearing suits and driving cars!” – Paul Chek    Without conscious awareness of your posture it will be almost impossible for any trainer, coach, practitioner, P.T, O.T to get your system to change.

A suggestion I use with my clients = purchase an alarm clock or anything you can set to go off every 15 minutes during the day, each time this alarm goes off it serves as a reminder for you to check your posture and realign yourself (make sure your coach has taught you how to do this, do not try to align your posture based on your ideas of what good posture is, this will usually serve to deepen the issue), try to hold your posture until the alarm goes off again, before you know it your new posture will be the norm and you will no longer feel like a “robot”.

Our current environment (city living) can encourage visual dysfunction.  Reduced color variety, changes in depth of field (loss of distance vision), and the increased exposure to close-up working environments such as computer screens, cell phones, tablets, have all contributed to poor posture secondary to visual inadequacy, while at the same time creating a boom in the business of glasses, contact lenses, and corrective eye surgery.

Moving your body can help improve posture, but this needs to be done with awareness of biomechanically sound posture.  If you are not into working on “posture” at Ascend Body, cool, other forms of postural training include Tai-chi, Qi-gong, and Yoga, but these must be taught by a very skilled practitioner and it is my belief they should be taught 1 on 1 or very small class with others that have similar postural faults.  If taught in this manner not only will you improve your postural awareness, you will also start to harvest your vitality (energy, qi, prana, life force) and begin to let the body truly heal, reduce stress and inflammation.

Our environment is literally polluted = toxic water supplies worldwide, toxic air, toxic soil, electromagnetic pollution, out gassing from industry, homes, automobiles, this literally overwhelms our hormonal and immune system.   In fact electromagnetic stress alone has been shown to disrupt cell communication which can lead to many health issues.  Posture reflects the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states of health, again, just a reminder that it will be highly unlikely to get good results helping your clients address any physical issue unless you are taking the entire stress load on the body into consideration.

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Posture: The CHEK Approach Part 1

Posture is quite an important topic, it is however much more complicated than we are lead to believe.  A great starting point to address posture is looking at it mechanically by performing an in depth assessment, then prescribing specific corrective stretches, mobilizations, and exercises to address any imbalance or dysfunction in the body.

Why is this merely a starting point?  I believe human beings are much more than muscles, tendons, joints, organs, glands and skeletal structure.   When we walk into the doors of ASCEND BODY how many of us truly leave behind our emotional, mental, and or spiritual stressors?

Is it a possibility that these stressors can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of our workout programs?  I believe it is a possibility.

Over the next few months I will discuss the CHEK approach to posture.  We will look into the importance of postural alignment, different forces at work which create certain postures, and possible unseen forces that influence posture.

These blogs are not to say that the CHEK approach is best or that there are no other ways to address these issues.  This will simply be a sharing of what I have learned over the past twelve years studying myself.

Jator Pierre


Primal Movement Patterns

In everyday life, we perform very natural movement patterns…that is, unless you’re just lying on the couch all day. Our 6 primary movement patterns are exhibited and performed with little conscious effort. They are: Push, Pull, Bend, Squat, Lunge, Twist and Bend. In order to optimize these primal movement patterns and limit exposure to injury, it’s important to ensure you’re performing these movements correctly.

In Paul Chek’s book, “Movement that Matters,” he refers to the proper form for performing these movements. Most importantly, he emphasizes this insightful thought: It’s not simply pracitce that makes perfect; instead, “Perfect practice makes perfect!”

Developing the neuromuscular response to how we move is an engrained process that’s very much a part of us, just as is our DNA and Fingerprints. You may not be aware of faulty or unorganized movement patterns that create harmful neuromuscular response patterns between the muscles and the brain.

As a CHEK Certfied Instructor, reviewing primal movement patterns to ensure they’re performed properly and the correct neuromuscular responses are created is part of the training session. Did you know that the body remembers that last few reps of a particular exercise? If not performed correctly, you could be creating a disruptive response during your exercise regiment. However, if performed correctly, you’ll be able to move throughout the day pain free, limiting your exposure to risk of injury, and feel a sense of vitality through your natural movement patterns.

Now…get out there and move like your body is intended!