Posture – to cue or not to cue in an age of Integration.
Ask someone to ‘stand up straight’, ‘draw your core in’, or ‘lift your chest upwards and out’ only allows you to touch someone for a moment in time. It is an attempt to apply an external influence to push through, rather than release, mould, and expand. For example, using exercise to train and build up the area between the shoulder blades (scapula) as a way of ‘removing’ rounded shoulders is only working to drive a deeper pattern into the body.
So many factors and imbalances along all planes of movement are working to create this pattern. Issues of support from below, adaptability, and capacity of the overall structure to work with the changes are just a few.
Working with muscular imbalances from the outside through the use of posture cues and resistance training alone can lead to creating a deeper entrenchment of existing unwanted patterns.
To consider any attempt to ‘force’ a position as a means of lasting change is short-sighted at best, and more likely an exercise in how not to retrain structural and functional patterns.
To improve overall balance, one must first look (see) at the deepest level of restriction and map the way out from this point to the most superficial aspects of the presenting pattern, developing a 3 dimensional understanding of an individuals structural composition.
Once an understanding is recognised it becomes important to work with principles of integration addressing compensatory patterns before addressing core issues and structural/functional needs.Unique direction of movement
It is fundamental that fascial patterns are addressed through direct fascial integration release work before incorporating external functional, postural, and conditioning demands on the body.
It’s not to say that all the other components are not important to the therapeutic challenges that are faced by someone with postural and structural imbalances. Once deep held holding patterns are being addressed, coordinated and integrated functional training utilising a range of methods assists in making change lasting.