Key Factors of Posture
The long-term patterning of our posture throughout our lifetime is an accumulation of the repeated tonal patterns within the myofascia, which arise from:
Psycho-emotional (somatic) memories
Genetic and Cultural Influences
We have each inherited postural patterns from our parents and ancestors through memory held in the energy field of our mind-body. Also, we commonly mimic the movements and postures of the family members with whom we are culturally raised. Without retraining we will all tend to stand, sit, and walk with similar postural patterns to our parents and to those social members with whom we culturally align over a long period of time.
On a broader scope of influence, we learn as children what society considers appropriate posture or proper body language in public. For example, women throughout the world are socially influenced to carry themselves “appropriately,” which generally means not to posture themselves with full ribcages, open throats, level eyes, or especially with deep curves of the hips and lower back. In Western culture, particularly in the conservative sub-cultures of the US today, it is considered sexually provocative for a woman to tip her hips so that her glutes mound upward and her lower back is deeply curved. Many girls are chastised by their authority figures to not accentuate their curves in their posture or clothing. They are guided to be demure and withdraw their full radiance of their natural power and beauty. Many cultures force the local women to publicly cover their bodies with baggy clothing to de-feminize their forms and hence their postures.
Another major influence on how our posture is molded over the years is our lifestyle postural patterns. The most common forms of movement and positioning that we repeatedly do each day strongly influences the shape of our bodies. Our bodies hold the shape that we most assume each day. If our posture is relatively unvaried over time, then fascia thickens and hardens. Collagen fibers become tighter and flexibility of the fascia decreases. Repeated motions with imbalanced load forces on one part of the body can stimulate the production of excess collagen, which then makes that part harder and tighter.
Today in Western culture most people sit for the majority of their waking hours. For over 10 hours per day they sit in car seats, desk chairs, and sofas, all of which are designed more for comfort than healthy posture. Consequently, the vast majority of the populace, who sit and look downward at their desk or digital screen for many hours a day, have hips and lower back that have stiffened toward the shape of the bottom of a C-curve. It is not uncommon to see an aged person with a rounded back and tucked pelvis hardened into a fixed C-curve posture. The glute muscles have atrophied and the quality of the back tissue is hard and thick, which is the result of years of unconscious postural patterning of their connective tissue.
Somatics describes the relationship between mind and body. As each person thinks and feels there is a direct affect on the body and its physiology. Our moods, emotional states, and vibratory quality of our mind affect the function and form of the physical body. When we tremble with worry about the future, or when we cry about a past loss, or when we yell with anger that life is not the way we want it to be, then there are predictable, consistent correlations with the neuropeptide activity of our neuroglandular system. Our mind directly influences our body since they are one system. Mind-body is a singular field of thought, emotion, and biological molecules in an orderly geometric form outlined by our skin. Psycho-emotional energies vibrate in the fluids of the body, particularly water, which holds high coherence of the vibrations in cellular memory.
The inner resonant qualities of heart and mind are the vibratory basis of the outer qualities of each posture or physical form. Vibrations of emotion and mindset are fundamentally intertwined to the geometric field of the body-mind. Our emotional patterns and imprints, our memories, and mindful choices are reflected psychosomatically in the shape of our posture. The physicality of our body-mind is being energetically molded by the luminous projection of what we believe ourselves to be. As we think and believe, we become.
The 3-D outer form of the body not only reflects our inner state, our posture influences our physiology and hence our inner state of thought and feelings. While mind affects the physical form of the body, our posture conversely affects our mind. The tonus of our outer posture affects our physiology, our moods and our nervous system reactive patterns. In turn, our feelings and moods affect our perceptions and our mental functioning.
There are universal correlations between basic emotions and thoughts, and postural form and myofascial tonus. Basically, with love our body-minds open, and with hate we close. When we are afraid, sad, or angry, our body posture closes, and when we are happy and feeling powerful, our body posture opens. We are attracted to pleasure, and have aversion to discomfort and pain. These programmed responses to feelings, thoughts, and emotions are recorded in our vast neural networks and cellular memory throughout our entire body.