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Movement is an Expression


repost from Original Strength 06 Mar 2017 04:00 AM PST

You were made to move. That is now a given. But movement is not just a physical action; it’s not just moving your limbs or moving from one place to the other. Movement is expression. How you move is an expression of how you are.

Your movements paint a picture of you – on the inside. And pictures are worth a thousand words.  When you move you are communicating to others who you are or how you are. Yes, we often use words to tell stories, communicate ideas, to reveal secrets or to hide identities. But when you move you may be telling a different story than your words reveal. When you move, you may be communicating the authentic you.  Fatigue-BODYWISEBodywork

For example, have you ever noticed someone was angry, not by the words they spoke, but by the movements they made? Have you ever noticed someone was sad by how they walked? Have you ever had a friend tell you, “I’m fine,” yet their body was telling you, “I’m upset”? Movements can give a clue to one’s emotions. But they can also give you clues to one’s mental status.

Picture in your mind someone who walks rigidly, with excessive swaying in their spine, and labored breathing; not out of breath, but audible and visually up high in their chest. What mindset do you imagine that person to have? Do you imagine they are generally a positive person or a pessimist? Do you think they have more thoughts of joy or thoughts of gloom? Do you think they are able to mentally dissect and solve problems quickly or do you think issues overwhelm them?

Now, picture in your mind someone who walks gracefully. Their head is held up, they move smoothly, yet with strength. They have “swagger.” What mindset do you imagine this person to have? Do you think them to be a confident person or a fearful person? Do you imagine they celebrate challenges by conquering them or do you imagine they shrink from a fight?

Or, A child who skips and smiles. A child who cannot skip and therefore does not smile. Which child will run after life? Which child will shrink from life?

How you move can reveal who you are, but how you move can also help you become who you were meant to be. Are confident, strong people confident and strong because they choose to be or because they move well? Yes. Do your thoughts and emotions affect how you move or do your movements affect your thoughts and emotions? Yes.

Your mental health will greatly affect your body, but your physical health will greatly affect your soul. They are so intertwined it could be quite difficult to know which one comes first, the chicken or the egg? The body or the mind? Yes.

The point is, your mental health – your MENTAL STRENGTH – is tied to how you move. You were made to move WELL. And, you were made to be happy, confident, of sound mind, passionate, joyful, and expectant. You were made for a successful life.

Just as none of us were created to be physically weak, frail or fragile, none of us were made to be sad, depressed, fearful, apathetic, and hopeless. And because your mind and body are so well connected, restoring your body’s ability to optimally move can and will help restore your mind’s ability to become all you were meant to be and have.

Truly happy and confident people move well. And people who move well are truly more confident and happier than those who don’t move well.

Pressing RESET is more than physical restoration, it is also affects mental restoration, it helps one become.  It helps one express who they are, or who they were meant to be.

So, what is your body telling the world about you? What do you want it to tell the world? Write your story, express yourself. Move well, be well. Be well, move well. Yes.

The *New* Sit

Mom has been wrong all these years, telling us to sit up straight!  Articles published recently claim that sitting up straight places too much pressure on the spine.  MRI scanning of 3 seated positions, forward, upright, and leaning back, shows that a reclined seated position results in less intervertebral pressure and a decrease in compression on the spinal discs of the low back.

Check out this illustration:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6187080.stm

Let’s think about this for just a moment.  Reducing the amount of total weight on the spine (by leaning back), will of course, decrease the amount of compression the bones and discs bear.  By this recommendation, a healthier suggestion intimates that people ought to lie entirely flat – that removes ALL pressure on the spine.  Actually, because gravity exists on this planet, it won’t remove all the pressure, so let’s ship everyone into space… that definitely removes most weighted pressure on the spine.

Given that this references only the weight the spine must bear, let’s have a go at this idea:  Remember what happens to astronaut bones?  NASA reports those tempting fate in space lose bone density and muscle mass along with many other side effects.  http://tinyurl.com/m798jwd  

According to WEBMD.com, bones are living tissue and continue to grow throughout our lives.  Bones cells are replaced about every 10 years or so, and what keeps them strong?  National Institute of Health declares the more work bones do, the stronger they get.

That’s saying something.  In space, bones don’t get much work because there is little gravity for the muscles and bones to work against.  Makes sense.  In a reclined chair, bones aren’t getting much work through pressure or pull of muscles on them to hold them in an upright position.  Will people who lean back and recline while seated for long periods of time, change their bone density as well?  Probably!

And to add to your ideas about bones and lowered density, health.harvard.edu declares that “Everybody’s bones get weaker as they get older.”  This is only true if everybody stops moving as they get older… (which is often the case).

Bones don’t move on their own or choose a density based on age.  Bones require muscles to move them and when a muscle acts strongly on bone, the bone cells know to increase density to withstand the forces applied.  Put pressure on your spine – actually try sitting up for a change!

Why do aging women tend toward osteoporosis?  Men typically have more muscle mass to begin with so they enter the aging years with more dense bones.  Weight bearing exercise is typically recommended for women post-menopausal to keep bone density up.

Too often women facing a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis are told they must take medications.  Why is this?   For people who have weak bones they obviously reduced their movement habits over a long enough time that the bones don’t ‘require’ density.  Are they able to transform their daily lives and begin to exercise?   It may be easier to ensure patient compliance by prescribing a pill than prescribing exercise.

Take a second look at each of the above profiles – the head is forward of the shoulder.   Researchers obviously didn’t notice the strain on the neck and the potential deformity of the neck bones when they recommended the reclined position as best.

What research will you follow?   Here is an article,  Science of Posture, that states standing (or sitting) tall, has a positive effect on your thoughts, moods, habits, AND hormones.  Ultimately, the choice is yours in how you hold your body.  Research seems to support both slouching and sitting up straight.

I support staying optimistic, thinking creatively, feeling empowered and keeping my posture upright.  To do all this, just move well and more often!!   And the added benefits include maintaining bone density in the low back, as well.

If you’re having trouble moving easily, sitting straight, or keeping your balance, contact BODYWISE for your consultation today – remember Good Moves make for a Great Life!

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