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Postural Problems


An awful  lot of people say they have poor posture and feel that it is the cause of all their problems. Often it is both a cause and a result of their problems - things in the body can be a bit complicated with lots of interplay between different body systems and different chains of causality. this is why saying to someone with a bit of a "stoop" in their spine "Straighten up!! Shoulders back - chest out" is very unhelpful! The individual has a whole host of reasons for why they stand the way they do. We all have postural and movement habits that fall short of the ideal - becoming aware of them is the first step to being able to change them. But we also need to know what a "good posture" or a "good movement" is like to be able to work towards embodying it.

What is "Good Posture" and "Good Movement"?

Good posture or mechanical alignment, is when the parts of the body are balanced around the central axis of the body, as best the individual's body will allow and the centres of gravity of the whole body and of the individual parts of the body, are as low as the individual's body will allow. This is not a static thing - as we move the optimum balance of the body will change to accommodate the different relative positions of the body. Why does the body like good posture or alignment? The answer is quite simple it likes good posture / alignment because good alignment is the alignment that needs the least energy to maintain. The body likes it when it doesn't have to do unnecessary work. Also in good posture or alignment the parts of the body fit together at their optimum for good physiological function - they will last longer with out wearing out and they will again function more efficiently. Good posture is not just about our skeletons and muscles it is also about our insides - our organs. The internal organs ( and another workshop that touches on this Outside In and Inside Out) play a crucial role in supporting our posture (or in hindering it). Every time you breath every organ in the body is lifted up and down. If the organs are not moving as they should (because of their individual shapes the organs each have a particular path of movement that they follow when healthy) then the organs will not function properly and they will constantly be pulling the rest of the body off centre and out of good posture / alignment with every breath. We get good at doing what we repeat - so if with every breath your organs are doing an unnecessary wiggle - how good are you going to be at doing that inefficient wiggle? - how much energy are you wasting that you could have been having fun with?

How Do I Help?

As an Osteopath and a Franklin Method Teacher I can help you to over come posture and movement problems in a variety of ways. Osteopathy will largely be helping to remove blocks in the movement potential of the body. These blocks may be very physical "hardware" ones where parts of the body are almost literally stuck together - like scar tissue or adhesions resulting from trauma or old inflammations, or they can be "software" problems where the nervous system is telling the body to hold itself in a strange way. Osteopathy can work very effectively with these problems. From the Franklin Method side through my Workshops and Individual Franklin Method Sessions I help people to understand and feel their bodies better through the tools of imagination and experiential anatomy, and to find and work with body / mind exercises to help improve the patterns that we repeat over and over in our lives.

Credits / References

I have been very much influenced in my thinking about the nature of postural alignment by the work of Eric Franklin as detailed in his many books and workshops - especially the book Dynamic Alignment Through Mental Imagery (published by Human Kinetics Europe Ltd 17 Oct 1996)

My thinking about the role of Organs is influenced by the French Osteopath Jean Pierre Barral and his books and teaching (Visceral Manipulation Vol 1 and 2)

Osteopathic sessions take place at the two clinics where David Kellett sees patients - 118 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1PN 01462 438622 and 28 Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 1DW, 01923 827833. Workshops are held in David's studio at 33 High Street, Graveley, Hertfordshire SG4 7LA. David also offers individual or small group Franklin Method or other movement work sessions which are tailored to the clients needs. These individual sessions are great for children as well as adults. There are stairs to the studio so we are  sorry that there is not full disabled access. Please telephone David on 01462 438622 or email him at David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher to book or for further information. People come a long way to see me sometimes (Hong Kong and Bombay have been the longest journeys so far!! - long story..........) but mostly people travel fairly locally. The Hitchin practice is easy to get to from anywhere in Herts like Letchworth Stevenage, Baldock, Royston, Welwyn, Hatfield, Hertford, Bedfordshire - like Luton, Dunstable and Bedford. and even further afield like Cambridge. The Northwood practice is easily accessible via the underground from London (Metropolitan Line), Harrow, Stanmore, Ruislip, Pinner, Watford and Hemel Hempstead.

 


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