Awareness to Posture
One of the things I’m blessed to be learning is the system of Functional Patterns. Although I’m just scratching the surface I’m truly grateful for what I’ve learned and the results it has brought me in my life. Still more, I’m grateful to be a part of a much needed revisiting of first premises in our training.
Too often we are presented information and lack the ability to think critically about it. Physical training will provide a great example.
When we train our body with weights as done in traditional lifting with machines and barbells we are putting into action forces we do not completely understand. The result of this is nagging injuries and a disappointed majority who despite best intentions cannot achieve the results that they seek.
The forces referred to include connective tissue remodeling, the focus of our attention for now..
Our body will fortify lines of muscle and connective tissue along frequent lines of pull. In this way you could draw lines for the angles of force experienced in any given exercise or lifestyle pattern and come up with a constellation. This constellation we might call our posture and it is much more than just how we stand.
Posture hints at the internal state of our body and as such our circulation, nervous system activity, digestion, breathing and all other bodily processes are dependent on our posture. This means that without optimizing our posture and working with these lines of pull we can never achieve the health and vitality which our bodies are capable of feeling.
Let’s turn our attention to the human blueprint for a moment. Because our methods of training and living have drifted so far from the human blueprint, we are reaching in the dark looking for ways to overcome the current health crisis born of such darkness.
The human blueprint refers to the environment experienced by our ancestors. Think of them as genetic expectations. Our bodies crave the nourishment of real food, good sleep and rhythmic, reciprocal movements..
The gait cycle, walking and running was always the essence of human beings through hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. We could say throwing as well. These movements kept us fed and provided for through the course of hundreds of millions of years.
In our training we have disregarded connective tissue and isolated muscle into their shortest possible units. Movement occurs over connected chains of muscle and so in isolating muscle groups we make a grave error. Still the “compound” exercises preached lack the detailed coordination of proper gait, the contra-lateral reciprocation and rotations.
Remember that the lines of pull we institute will then be fortified into our form. The lines of mechanical stress created by these training methods and our lifestyle are not in good relationship with gravity. The result of this?.. Postural compensations, anxiety, lack of focus, difficulty breathing and many problems otherwise familiar to us..