December 2017: Primal Posture

November 24 2017

Winter is here and most of us will be digging out our hats, scarves, boots and gloves. Clothing insulates our body heat, but warmer hands and feet in particular also need good circulation. Your posture can help here because when you align your body well, your blood can flow unimpeded to the extremities.

Warm hands for winter

 

Winter is here and most of us will be digging out our hats, scarves, boots and gloves. Clothing insulates our body heat, but warmer hands and feet in particular also need good circulation. Your posture can help here because when you align your body well, your blood can flow unimpeded to the extremities. 

Poor standing with the pelvis pushed forward in the ‘tail tucked under’ position can put pressure on the femoral artery and reduce blood flow to the legs and feet. Similarly, shoulders that are slumped or pulled tight in tension can inhibit blood flow through the axillary artery that runs under the upper chest to supply the arm and hand.

Students who suffer with cold hands or  feet often report improvements after their Gokhale Method Foundation Course and learning to adjust their alignment. Better posture can be especially helpful for those prone to circulatory problems such as Reynauds syndrome, but everyone will benefit from the simple but effective techniques such as the Shoulder Roll. Here’s how:

Performing a gentle shoulder roll. One shoulder at a time, elbow in, sweep it a little forward, a little up, a lot back, and then totally relax. This will prevent tension between your shoulder blades or back- arching in an attempt to ‘pull’ the shoulders back. 

To help your shoulders stay rested back, position yourself within comfortable reach of your task – be that items on a kitchen worktop, your keyboard, or the steering wheel of your car. We often have the poor postural habits of rounding forward or displacing the whole shoulder forward to reach things.

For more information on how good posture boosts the circulation and musculoskeletal health go to www.gokhalemethod.com  or go online to book a place on my free workshops. Bristol Workshop dates:


Monday 11th December, 3.30pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd 


Sunday 14th January, 3pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd