Posture Matters!

Posture Matters!

How many times have I written the words posture matters!  About a million I'm sure!

Good posture is positively correlated to confidence in a person's thought life.  Both professionally and personally, I know this to be true!  Excellent posture is well known to give a person confidence and self-esteem, makes you look leaner and gives off a sense of authority to others.  

According to researchers from Ohio State University, our posture not only affects how we look, but how we feel. In a recent study it was found that a confident, upright posture gave study participants more confidence in their own thought.  Those who were slumpled were less convinced by their own thoughts.  

I get to see it in action every day as my clients move from despair and hopelessness, to a new found confidence in their bodies (see our Testimonials page). 

You posture affect how you see the world and how the world sees you!  Just think about how we make immediate judgements/assessments on people when we first meet them.  It may be unintentional, but admit it, it's our human nature.

 

When we see a particular posture, 

we start to judge others and make assumptions about people.   

 

Not only does poor posture have a negative effect on your overall health (chronic muscle and joint pain, nerve and blood constriction, bone spurs, tension headaches, herniated discs, etc), it affects how people perceive you and your ability to sucessfully navigate the world.  Take a look at the photo to your left.  

 

What's your initial impression of this person?  The first words that came to my mind were sad, depressed and low self-esteem.  But, here's the thing.  None of that may be true.  The photo is simply ment to demonstrate that how ones posutre can powerfully affect people's perceptions of us and ultimately how they interact with us.  

 

Aside from the many positive health benefits you will receive by regularly engaging in a postural therapy practice, it's really  important to know that posture is something you can PRACTICE and get better at.  

 

As it turns out, great posture can also gives an impression of confidence and strength to others (even if your own emotions don't match the position)!  

 

Amy Cuddy , a Social Psychologist and Associate professor at Harvard Business School gave an amazing TED talk presentation discussing her research on how nonverbal body language affects how we perceive ourselves.  She found that our posture (even if we don't feel a corresponding emotion) can affect other people's perceptions of us, AND our body chemistry for the better.  Two major point stand out:

  • Specifically, when you stand in a posture of confidence—making yourself bigger with things like opening your shoulders, standing up straight, and putting your hands on your hips—your hormones respond accordingly.
  • Study participants who spent two minutes in these postures had a 20% increase in testosterone levels and a 25% decrease in cortisol levels.


  

 

 "Don't fake it till you make it.  Fake it till you become it".  ~ Amy Cuddy

 

The experts do agree.  Good posture really does make you think better thoughts.  Make a decision today to affect how the world sees you!  Your posture matters!  And remember, if you don't know where or how to start, give us a call!  

 

At Pain Free Posture MN, my goal is to help you to learn how to achieve good posture and change how both you see yourself and how the world sees you!  If you want to learn how, sign up for my Posture Fix Class (runs 2x/year) or for a private Posture Assessment to get yourself started on the path to feeling better inside AND out!  We're in this together.  I'm here to help.

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Head Photo Credit:  Melissa Thome Photography

Author:  Deb Preachuk is a Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, and the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.   

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