The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand and Move in the Modern World

September 26, 2012

Book review

A great resource for Pilates, yoga and dance instructors, as well as healthcare professionals, in educating people about postural self-care so they can relieve chronic pain and enjoy all of life’s activities with greater ease.

by Mary Bond — 

In this manual for understanding the anatomical and emotional components of posture in order to heal chronic pain, Bond approaches postural changes from the inside out and explains that healthy posture comes from a new sense we can learn to feel, not by training our muscles into an ideal shape.

She shows how habitual movement patterns and emotional factors lead to unhealthy posture and contends that posture is the physical action we take to orient ourselves in relation to situations, emotions and people; and how, in order to improve our posture, we need to examine both our physical postural traits and the self-expression that underlies the way we sit, stand and move.

She identifies the key anatomical features that impact alignment, particularly in light of our modern sedentary lives, and proposes six zones that help create postural changes: pelvic floor, breathing muscles, abdomen, hands, feet and head.

The book also includes self-help exercises that enable healthy function in each zone, information on basic ergonomics and case histories to inspire us to think about our own habitual movements.

A great resource for Pilates, yoga and dance instructors, as well as healthcare professionals, in educating people about postural self-care so they can relieve chronic pain and enjoy all of life’s activities with greater ease.

$18.95 — Healing Arts Press, One Park St., Rochester, VT 05767.

 Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 26, Number 1, February/March 2007.
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