Posture and Alignment
This block for our PHT Program is one of the hardest to do in this way, but one of the most fundamental and beneficial things you could do for your self. It requires patience, perseverance, and for some real life and in person help. You will find some great resources and excellent professionals giving you free advice. The KEY to all of this is the nuance in knowing your own body and when you are on or off of your accurate alignment from head to toe. The problem is you will make mistakes and have setbacks along the way.
Good Video on WHY we are all doing this!
The video below is the best comprehensive overview of this entire year I have found so far. It touches on almost everything we are trying to do over the course of this year and why it is both interrelated and complex. Dr. Emily is speaking to medical professionals and fitness trainers, so the language is technical and hard to follow. But, if you like to know WHY we are doing all this I hope you will carve out the time to watch - and you might want to take notes, lots of nuggets in this video for your life!
For anyone who wants to get more information and details on any of the topics or processes we will explore this month, here are some of the key people I have invested my own time and money to learn from. One MAJOR point I have learned is: look to each expert for their specialty and not to their information on topics/areas they are not specializing in. Otherwise you will hear a lot of conflicting information and it will slow your progress as they have a tendency to draw on traditional, not cutting edge, ideas.
Here are our KEY Experts:
If you only focus on TWO things, I would recommend the PELVIS and Walking for Posture/Alignment understanding and strength. The position of the pelvis is the KEY to everything. It is the foundational piece that works with everything else. Other imbalances can cause the pelvis to be out of alignment or weak as a weak or misaligned pelvis can cause a chain reaction of problems. Think of alignment as a chain reaction - one piece out of whack sets the entire chain off in its line.
Pelvic Information - Visualizing is helpful!
These videos show male and female anatomy, but the key information is the pelvis is not about the bone, but all the muscles, ligaments, and connections involved.
Walking is a simple way to stretch, strengthen, and reinforce everything we are going to cover for the next three months. We'll cover this information also in the weekly/monthly sections. BUT, more important is getting yourself in alignment... if not, walk slow and less until you can!
The videos below are good introductions for everyone. Almost NO ONE in the US has good posture! The videos below help assess where you are in relationship to where you want to be when walking. Both have lots more on their you tube channels if you are motivated!