Our movement depends on the constant flow of messages between our brain and myofascial system. Our brain remembers patterns of movement, stores them and then performs them habitually. Sometimes our movement can be altered by pain, stress or environmental factors such as chairs etc.
Unfortunately these altered, non-optimal movements can become habitual as our brain doesn’t discriminate between good and bad movement! Although there is definitely no one right posture and no one right way of moving there is some evidence that our posture and the way we move can contribute to both our risk of injury and the perpetuation of an injury.
This is why developing and maintaining body awareness is so important. One way of learning this skill is through practicing one of the movement disciplines such as pilates, tai chi, yoga or Alexander technique. This skill can also be learnt through self practice – during your day take time to check your posture and your movement. Stop before you move and pay more attention to the process, your posture and correct use of your muscles. Enjoy the feeling of moving relaxed and fearlessly!