Now that we have recreated much of the natural body functions, maybe time has come to posture; what about taking a look in the mirror? We are not raised any more to pay attention to posture. Where as this attention a hundred years ago was concerned about how your appearance signalled your heritage, now we want to take up this old tradition for a very different reason.
In the middle of the picture 1 we see the posture of what is called a normal healthy person.
The weight of the body is centred and balanced. The vertebral column is slightly curved and the head is directly at the top of it.
This is the most efficient posture demanding the least tension in the muscles and thus leaving the most room for action, when needed.
The body struck by Paralysis Hangover however, is kept in a position, where the back is curved in order to protect the intestines. See picture to the left. The body is like gravitated, like drawn to the ground, grounded; which makes sense in terms of a paralysis.
Whilst this hanging head and curved back made sense during the paralysis, now it is counterproductive, putting strain on the muscles, reducing blood flow to organs and brain, thereby reducing life quality and even life span. Whilst the normal person still may be struck by the tensions of a Paralysis Hangover, this posture is even reinforced by some very normal, though very bad habits of the day. The postures at the picture brings a message, that is difficult to surpass in simplicity.
The single most effective measure to take in order to better your posture, is to raise your head up and make sure, it rests and balances on top of the spine. This will straighten the spine and free the chest for optimal breath.
One way to get this right is to stand with the feet solidly on the ground. See picture above2 to the right. Feel them rooting and penetrating Mother Earth to her very core.
Now turn your attention upward to the sun in zenith of the heaven. Feel as if the sun grasps a strand of hair from the top of your scalp and draws you upward, without lifting you from the ground though, without disrupting the roots, that reach into the earth.
Feel your head as if it hangs by the hair strand, and the rest of your body dangles beneath the head finding it´s best possible position through the power of gravity. Get in touch with all the muscles of the body and release those, that are not needed for your posture. Let the sun move the hair strand slightly and feel your body waving in a gentle etheric breeze. Pay attention to any resistance. Let the breeze caress your body. Let the body be moved, hanging in the hair strand, yet well grounded.
Get accustomed to walk in this fashion. While you walk, make sure that your spine is slightly twisted from the head all the way down to the sacral bone with each and every step. These pulses will slowly, but surely release tensions and bring your neck and spine relief.
Another way to express it would be: Walk below your head! Try to carry your head as if it floated freely upon your neck, with absolutely nothing to hold it. Hence, all the time you will try to find the sweet spot underneath it, to support it and prevent it from falling.
Through lifting the head and stretching the neck alone, the perception of life changes. It is as if the increased supply of nutritions has an immediate uplifting effect on the mood. It becomes difficult to stay depressed. An immediate increase in pH can be measured.
One of the bad habits, for which we pay a high price, is definitely the use of smart phones. Well, not really the mere use of them, but the way they are used. At the picture3 you see three people standing at a railway station. Whilst waiting for the train, they spend their time focusing on their respective screens. Especially the person wearing glasses has his head hanging in the trapezius muscle, exerting a permanent strain, which again permanently restrains the blood flow to the brain, causing headache and lowering their capability to think clear and efficiently.
Look at how the phones are angled and how it correlates to the angles of the peoples necks. Especially the lady to the right has almost no bad angle in her neck. She also has the phone lifted the most in contrast to the man in the middle, who happens to be the tallest of the three!
Now, how would you hold your phone in order to keep the good posture seen to the right of first picture above? We certainly are able to lift the phone and get the neck strait. Look at that beautiful posture of this man4. It is easy and often done, but alas, it only takes a second to make a selfie!
A study from 20145 into stress on the cervical spine confirms this. Although the head only weighs some few kilograms, with a drop like that of the man in the middle of the picture with the three people with their smartphones, the spine must tolerate a static load of staggering 30 kg, which must be held in place by the neck muscles. It indeed is good to exercise, but maybe this is not the best way!?
An other important area is sleeping. Remembering the fetal position from the ultimate Paralysis, where the whole body curls up? When sleeping we can choose to lie stretched out on the back6 like at picture 54. Sacrificing the pillow the whole spine supports a full relaxation.
However, lying on the back, the mandible may drop and switch breath from the nose to the mouth, with a possible and harmful drop in oxygen intake as result.
Lying on the chest also seems like stretched out, but actually it exerts much strain on most neck muscles and definitely should be avoided.
With regard to the oxygen intake the safest position seems to be lying on one side. Beware though to keep the spine stretched like in recovery position.
Most people will proclaim, that they cannot sleep well without a pillow. Well, let us have a look at your bed7; does it look like the one at the picture with the bed? What happens to your spine and more specifically to your neck, when you put your head on such a heap of pillows?
You continue the posture, that you maintained all day long. The neck stays bend and rigid. You already have a soft bed, at least compared to the floor. Reducing the height of the pillows will aid to the reactivation of you neck muscles and the rejuvenating blood flow.
For those sleeping on their backs, will only need a tiny support under the neck, not under the back of the head.
For those sleeping on their side the head may be lifted slightly in order to align it with the spine.
Posture is about posing, is it not? Like the three at picture 52 starring at their smart phones while waiting for their train. They pose. But posing is static, and statism is death. Life is flow! Therefore the body prefers walking for sitting.
Take a look at the suspended man to the right of picture 51. With the feet deep rooted in the earth, and yet carried by the sun.
Dip into the feeling of being carried at a strand of hair. Your feet secure your contact with the earth, yet you are weightless. Your body is suspended and dangles, depending on the movements of the hand, holding the strand of hair. Even the smallest movement of the invisible hand, and the body will swing and find its new position. When these impulses come continuously, your body will shift position without end.
Try to move slowly some steps forward keeping the feeling of the hand holding your hair. With each impulse from above each vertebrae moves freely compared to each other, like the pearls in a necklace.
With this kind of walk every bone and muscle is impulsed and moves free. Everything is seemingly impredictable and alert.
As opposed to the predictable stiffness this free dangling gives the body optimal flow and no backwater can occur. With this optimal flow every cell in the body is secured the best conditions for nourishment and flourishment.
This is a kind of walking like you know it from the musical «Singin´in the rain»8. And in actuality, it is very difficult to walk like that and stay indifferent. If you dare connect, and let the hand from above lead you by the strand of a hair, you will feel uplifted and it is very easy to join the song:
I’m singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain
What a glorious feeling I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds so dark above
The sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place
Come on with the rain, I’ve a smile on my face
I’ll walk down the lane with a happy refrain
And singin’ just singin’ in the rain.
Are you hesitating? Just do it!
Stanley Rosenberg9 writes about his experiences with people coming to him with all kinds of problems and conditions. He is eager to explain that he, as a body therapist, has no authority what so ever regarding psychiatry or psychology, and yet the very simple approach of his, relieving the person from the restrictions of the active dorsal vagus nerve, has a healing effect on most people:
In my clinic, many clients tell me that they have been given a diagnosis by a professional psychologist or psychiatrist. I am not trained or qualified to make psychological or psychiatric diagnoses; my observations are anecdotal, based on treatment of these clients. It seems remarkable that the same approach – techniques for establishing social engagement – can help so many people with different psychological or psychiatric diagnoses, including bipolar disorder.
9Stanley Rosenberg: “Accessing the healing power of the vagus nerve”: Page 158