Posture and Mood (and pain)

CLB-Divas-Jessica-1-130What does your body language say about you?

 

Your body language not only says a lot about your mood, but also molds your physical structure into various forms of misalignment which put stress and strain on the muscles and joints.  This often equals pain.  OUCH.

 

 

You are familiar with basic body language cues.  You can tell when someone is walking down the street, if they are dragging their feet, slumped down, face dull, they are probably sad or upset or the like.  If you see someone else who has some pep in their step, their chest is lifted shoulders back, cheeks turned up, they are probably happy or confident, etc.  Their mood is affecting their posture.  This happens in much more subtle ways too.  Nuances about how you feel show up in how you move.

 

 

So your posture, and your movement habits are affected by your mood.  

What I find most interesting is when your body’s moods are affected by movement.  So looking at this body language thing the other way around.

 

When your moods become chronic they become your feelings, your self perception, and your perception of life and the world.

You body responds to this by taking the shape of these moods, feelings, and perception.

 

For example, if you always feel like you need to hide and protect your heart, you may have developed a slouchy posture to become a little smaller and not have the heart so exposed.   This is probably exacerbated by too much sitting i.e. at the computer, TV, driving etc.

 

This is a kind of emotional pain, whether it is conscious or not.

 

When your body gets locked into these shapes around certain chronic moods/feelings this can create physical pain.  The misaligned body shapes create muscle imbalances, tension, compressed joints, and often decrease the functioning of organs when they become compressed.  Breathing can be compromised which then provides less oxygen to all of your cells, affecting their function.  Over time can become more and more serious with illness and injury worsening.

 

You can use movement to start to break these physical holding habits.  With some guidance and body awareness you can start to locate and unlock these physical patterns. This gives you access to the emotional pain underneath. When you can approach these together you have a powerful opportunity to change your posture not only in your body, but in your life.  You can lift yourself out of the chronic moods keeping you down, and improve your posture saving you from much physical pain.

 

To do this it takes awareness and kindness.

 

Often the physical pain you feel is related to some misalignment somewhere else in your body.  There may be something acute where the pain is, but because of the matrix of connective tissue, its like when you snag a sweater it pulls the threads not only right where the snag is, but distantly in the fabric as well.

 

Start looking beyond your local areas of pain and finding those connections.

 

Once you do you can start to create new movement habits of releasing the old holdings, realigning them, and strengthening to maintain the new uplifted posture.  These are the 3 key steps to making this life changing shift: Release, Realign, Strengthen.

 

Kindness, tenderness, and support come in when you start uncovering those emotional pockets of pain.  Dealing with those is essential, otherwise your body will snap back into its old position to hold them.  Meditation, self-care practices, and various other forms of support or therapies are helpful.

By noticing the relationship between your posture and your mood, you have a greater capacity to make faster, longer lasting, and more satisfying deep changes for vibrant health.

 

 

 

 

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