Donna Eshelman: Seven Keys to Skilled Movement

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ALIGNMENT
Posture is Dynamic
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A well-aligned body moves with a sense of ease on the muscles and joints. Alignment is the term used to describe how the bones of the human body are stacked up in relationship to gravity. The skeleton should hold itself up despite the pull of gravity. With poor posture, the muscles have to do the job of the bones. This takes a lot of unnecessary energy and prevents the muscles from carrying out their main job—movement. Posture is dynamic, the spine is comprised of four curves that shift as one moves from one position to another such as from sitting to standing. When one curve of the spine changes shape the other curves respond and change shape as well. Optimal alignment means that we can transition from standing to sitting to walking with minimal strain or effort. The idea of sitting up straight by pulling the shoulders back is faulty because it uses muscle tension to correct the position. Ideal posture is not straight, but a series of curves.

We can learn to elongate into our ideal alignment and feel the support of the bones to free our muscles for our movement patterns through working with the nervous system and practicing strength training methods which elongate the muscles.

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