A newer student to my classroom, the beautiful Sukie Baxter, is a Rolfer and bloggess extraordinaire. She wrote a blog post about back and neck pain and simple ways to relieve the aches and pains, and improve our daily posture. As a lover of all things posture-related, I really enjoyed her take on this topic, and wanted to share it with you.
I have found that being a tribal bellydancer, my increased awareness of my posture, and knowledge of the anatomy which supports good posture, has been a boon to me. But it hasn’t saved me from falling to the same bad habits at times in my everyday life. Sukie makes an excellent point about our everyday awareness of the back of our bodies and why we lack it in this day and age:
“Look around you and you’ll notice a lot of people who sit with their heads forward, rounded shoulders and a collapsed chest. Computers, television, driving, and almost everything else that we do during our daily lives, make us focus forward and forget about the back half of our bodies. We lose awareness of this space entirely and fall into our front halves.
We don’t live in a world where we must constantly be aware of what’s going on behind us. There’s no tiger stalking us in the bushes, no neighboring tribesman hiding out and waiting to kill us. We’re really pretty safe.
About the only people who have this back space awareness are elite athletes in sports like basketball and soccer where you need “eyes in the back of your head” to tell you what’s going on 360 degrees around your body. The rest of us need to work a little harder to regain this lost personal space. Amazingly, just being aware of our back instantly improves posture! How nice, no forced shoulders back and gut-sucking-in, right?”
Read more at Sukie’s blog:
And while we’re at it, check out “The Posture of Dance” here for a little more reading about posture both in and outside of the dance: