E.WagnerHolisticHealth: August 2014

E.WagnerHolisticHealth: August 2014

essentials for health and vitality are often overlooked: posture and breath. Humans have evolved to stand upright despite

the fact that standing on only two limbs poses unique challenges to the

musculoskeletal system, especially the spinal column. Everything musculoskeletal is connected. Feet are the foundation – if flat, deformed,

injured, everted (turned outward) or inverted (turned inward) then legs,

thighs, hips, pelvis, and spine will all be adversely affected. Unstable, injured knees can lead to spinal

problems, as can poor articulation in one or both hip joints. The coccyx (tail bone) or sacrum (bony

structure just above the coccyx and below the lumbar vertebrae) can also be

tipped too far forward or backward or otherwise twisted and misaligned. Any of these foundational problems can

adversely affect the spinal column. Spinal subluxations (minor, but sometimes persistent misalignments of

the vertebrae) can also be problematic. These subluxations can be due to injury, poor posture, birth defects and other problems. All the above postural challenges can lead to discomfort, injuries,

compromise of blood or lymph circulation, neurological dysfunction, and even

sub-optimal health of internal organs, including the brain. You might find it interesting to experiment

with standing or sitting posture. Notice

how slouching compromises your breathing and energy level. Diminished energy level can lead to rigidity

or limitation when facing life’s challenges.

Depression can sometimes result from chronic poor posture. Now notice how much better you feel when you

sit or stand with spine straight, pelvis slightly tucked in (if standing). Also beneficial to your spine and well-being

while sitting is keeping your legs and feet flat on the floor and extended out in front of the chair,

breathing is also essential for good health and high energy. Many people hold abdomen, diaphragm and chest

tight and tense when they breathe, and because of this, they barely manage to

bring in enough oxygen to function.

Instead of breathing from the abdomen and then allowing the chest and

lungs to fill, they only breathe with the chest, cutting off the lower torso as

a center for activity and a reservoir for life energy. Watch how professional singers breathe from

the lower abdomen and then let the chest and lungs fill. Abdominal and chest muscles, including the

diaphragm, the large muscle that separates and also connects the chest and

abdomen, can function as life and energy enhancers or suppressors, depending on

whether they are relaxed and dynamic or tense and stuck. These muscles help circulate blood and lymph

and also massage the internal organs in the abdomen and chest as they

move. Virtually everyone can learn to

I recommend spending at least five to ten minutes every day breathing from the lower abdomen. Often, it is

easiest to breathe this way supine (lying face up) so that position can

sometimes be the best way to begin.

Eventually, it will become natural to breathe with the abdomen while sitting

offer: the same as last month’s: contact me with questions about your posture

and breathing and I will meet with you free of charge for fifteen minutes and

give you some suggestions for improvement.

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