It’s Dawn Strom and today I want to talk a little bit about how your Gyrotonic training can help you work on your posture on a day-to-day basis.
Most of us spend a lot of time during the day sitting, and what can tend to happen is, if you’re sitting in a position that’s really misaligned, or you’re slumping, or you’re holding your shoulders and tightening your shoulders, you can create some different tension patterns that evolve over time, and that can cause back pain, shoulder and neck pain, and leave you feeling really awful by the end of your day.
So one simple thing that we work on in the beginning of your Gyrotonic training is how to use your grounding down into your feet to help support and strengthen the uprightness of your spine. And this is a simple tool that you can use all day long, whether you’re driving in the car or sitting at your desk.
So the basic exercise I want to teach you to work on will help you ground into your feet to help you create better posture. Firs we will start in a seated position, and then you can apply it to standing as well. So get in a chair where you can sit on the edge of your chair and have your feet comfortably on the floor.
And I want you to think about making sure, in this position, that your toes are a little bit in front of your knees so you can gently press down and ground into your feet and get a little traction into the floor.
And then before we start with how to connect your feet into the floor to help stabilize your spine, I want you to just make sure your spine is in alignment. So this is a little check-in you can do with yourself to check in on the alignment of your spine.
You can close your eyes to do this, or keep them open, whatever works for you. I just want you to go ahead and drop into how your body feels and is organized in space with your inner eye. And just notice if your pelvis is tipping forward or tipping back, or if it’s just in a nice upright alignment. You want to bring that pelvis into a nice, upright alignment and then you want to make sure that your rib cage is just easily balancing over your pelvis, and your head is in an easy balance over the top of your spine.
Just practice that little check-in on a daily basis. Start from the base and work your way up, making sure you’re aligned from the pelvis all the way through the top of your head. And when that feels good, just go ahead and just add a little grounding into your feel
I want you to reach down through your feet and give a little pressure into your feet and you’ll feel that feedback all the way up into your hips, and it’ll give you a little sense of lift and length from the base of your spine up.
It’s a really simple action that can just help to take that upright spine and just strengthen it and give you a little support from your base.
This is something that you can practice sitting on the bleachers at your kids’ game, or you can practice it in the car. If you’re driving your car make sure you’re grounding through your feet, and keeping your spine lengthened and upright.
Even if you’re standing, you can practice grounding down into your feet to really strengthen and lengthen that upright spine.
This is something that we teach in the beginning of your Gyrotonic training, and it’s fundamental to how Gyrotonic training helps to really strengthen your postural muscles and help you to create length and space in your spine. So if you want to learn mover about the benefits of Gyrotonic Movement for your posture, download our FREE Guide to the 7 Reasons to Love Gyrotonic.
Let me know in the comments section what you think, and take care for now!