The human body is anatomically designed to be totally balanced. When that balance is thrown off for prolonged periods—perhaps because of how you live, work, and move on a daily basis—chronic discomfort, pain, and even injuries may develop over time.
How do you know if you have an imbalance? Take a look in the mirror. In this video, Sonima.com alignment expert Pete Egoscue, the creator of the Egoscue Method for pain-free living, explains what to look for in your feet and femurs. He also offers a simple sequence to help you realign your posture joints and muscles so that they work in concert with each other.
Start with three variations of toe raises with elbow curls between each set. Then ease into a relaxing static back posture to rotate the pelvis into a neutral position and elongate the muscles that run along the spine. After three minutes, add a pillow or block between your knees and squeeze to build strength in this newly balance and aligned position. Continue strengthening your muscles and improving your range of motion with pull backs, femur rotations, knee drops and spinal floor twists. Reset your body with cats and dogs. Next do a set of flutter kicks before moving into a sitting posture on the ground. Hold this position for five minutes, then wrap up the routine with cats and dogs to bring your spine back to neutral.
By Pete Egoscue