In this video, Brian Bradley, Posture Specialist and Vice President of The Egoscue Method, shows you four Egoscue exercises to improve your posture.
It’s ultimately your brain that controls your body alignment, but it does this with the help of your muscles. When your muscles are functioning efficiently and are in balance from left to right, and from front to back, then they hold your body in good alignment. With our modern lifestyles I don’t think we give our bodies the variety of work they need to maintain this balance. It starts from a very young age, when we sit for so long behind a desk at school, and later on as adults in offices, in cars and on sofas, combined with labour saving technologies plus the stresses and injuries that can occur in life. All of this can cause our muscles to become less balanced and less efficient, resulting in postural misalignments. For some people this can lead to chronic pain, and for some it can mean they don’t feel happy with how they look. I believe the best way to improve this is to get those muscles more balanced and working more efficiently by doing specific posture correction exercises that stretch, strengthen and wake up certain parts of your body, so that your alignment is better, not just when you sit and stand, but in everything you do, without you even having to think about it! These four exercises are not the whole solution, but they can be a good start.
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If you try these exercises at home, make sure that none of them cause you any pain. If one of them does, just skip it and move onto the next one. If you feel like all of them are too tough, or you’re in too much pain to do any of them, then don’t think that there’s no way to improve your posture. There are literally hundreds of posture correction exercises, all with different levels of intensity, and there will be some you can do comfortably. I’ve worked with clients who struggle to walk, who can’t get down on the floor, and I’ve always managed to find some exercises to help them get started.
Another thing I recommend before doing these exercises is just checking in with where your body is at. To do this, stand up and just listen to what’s happening with your body. Is the weight distributed equally left to right, and front to back in your feet? How does your posture feel? Do you feel any tension or pain? Then do these four exercises and afterwards stand still again and ask yourself those same questions. Hopefully you’ll notice an improvement.
Ameet Bhakta BSc, DipHE
I’m a Posture Correction Specialist based in London, certified by the Egoscue Institute and founder of Health Through Posture.