Standing Posture Series

We frequently get asked what the best balanced posture is. This is difficult to answer because although there is an ideal posture for each individual, not each person needs to do a particular movement to get to that balance posture. We can’t say a good posture is with your knees slightly bent because a person who is bending their knees too much may overbend their knees. In spite of this, the following is an attempt to help you evaluate and balance your posture. We’ll begin by looking at your feet. It is what we do below the hips that determines the balance, freedom, and power of the body above the hips This alignment of the feet, knees, and hips directly influences pain in the lower back, upper back, and neck. Although there may be conditions that prevent this (in your knees and hips) in the ideal stance, your feet point straight ahead, weight is centered directly on the straight line running from the base of the second toe back through the center of the heel. The weight of the body should fall directly on the entire foot and slightly more toward the ball of the foot. When the weight falls evenly on the feet from front to back as well as side to side, the ankle bones lift to form a supportive arch.

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