Interview by Ceri Wheeldon
So much of our health is within our own control. I interviewed Posture Queen, Maria de Sousa, about the benefits of good posture, and how we can improve it. It’s never too late!
What is good posture?
Good posture is when we organise the body in a way that allows us to move freely and without strain from one position to the other. In other words is to be ready for life.
Why is good posture important ?
The most important thing about caring for how you hold yourself and move is to prevent misalignments and imbalances in the body. These in the long run will turn into discomfort and pain.
Remember that inside your chest are all your vital organs and if they live squashed they wont be able to work efficiently. That may be the reason for things like respiratory and digestive issues.
Also what we do with your body affects our mind.
The way we hold ourselves affects not only our physical chemistry but also our brain networks.
Have you hear of the power pose? Science says if you do the power pose for 2 minutes it will increase your testosterone (hormone that produces confidence).
What are the key benefits of good posture?
Psychically, the most important benefit is preventing pain and discomfort in the body.
Good posture will help you maintain a healthy back. Your organs will work better and you will feel better overall.
Emotionally you will also feel better and more ‘ready for life’ when you hold yourself with good posture, it boosts your self-confidence.
And then there is how we look, good posture helps us look good and elegant.
What are the most common bad posture habits?
The ones we see all around us are the dropping of the head and hunching over mobile phones and other e-devices. Then there is the slouching in sitting and the leaning over with rounded backs.
I have a free course where I show you all these and teach you how to do it all with good posture http://posturequeen.co.uk/free-mini-course-the-most-common-postural-habits/
What causes a ‘hunch back’?
It is not old age as we tend to think when we are young.
The reason why we see older people with hunched backs it is because it is many years in the making.
With some exceptions, the common hunched back comes from the postural habits we create as we go about life.
Every single day of our lives we may be doing things that is contributing to a hunched back later in life. Things like the way we wash the hands/face, brush the teeth, make a cuppa, do the dishes, the way we lean over and so on.
Most people I know do all these with a rounded back and so eventually the back is going to adapt that pattern and one day you realise you can no longer strengthen the back – the vertebrae is fused in a rounded shape.
Is constant phone and laptop use contributing to bad posture?
Yes, but we cannot blame devices for the epidemic of poor posture we see around.
That will mean that something else is in control and we are powerless, that is not the case!
People are in control of their bodies and is up to each one of us to take care of our body.
A device cannot give you poor posture, it is your choice the way you hold yourself.
Is it ever too late to correct bad posture?
Not at all, with the right mind set and the guidance from an expert anyone can improve their posture.
What simple changes can we make to improve our posture?
We can only make improvement if we understand what improvements we need to do.
We need to learn about posture and then apply it.
Start paying attention to the way you hold yourself and then correct as you go along.
Top 3 tips for good posture
Hold your phone high so that you dont drop your head.
Stand on both of your feet (as opposed to tilt/drop onto one hip)
Bend over with a long spine.
Maria de Sousa is the founder of Posture Queen.
Maria is a qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method and yoga.
Maria also developed a method called Healing Movement in which she helps people get out of pain and have good posture by addressing the misalignments and in the body so that they can enjoy a better quality of life.
Maria gives posture trainings and workshops in schools, private groups, communities and offices.
Maria teaches throughout the UK and beyond. Maria’s mission is to raise awareness of good posture and spread the seeds of good postural habits throughout the world.
Maria lives in Herne Bay, UK.
Maria is offering a 30% discount to Fab after Fifty readers for her posture masterclass on 25 May in London -quote code Fabafter50 when booking. She is also offering a 30% discount on her online course until 30/06/19