Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
Posture Help
May, 2002
The military at ease position gives quick, effortless alignment, shifting your center of gravity back so that you are standing more fully on your feet.

1) Stand with feet hip width apart and pointing straight ahead. Notice how you feel.

2) Clasp your hands softly behind your back and breathe well for a minute. Notice any changes in your head, neck shoulders, back, legs and feet as you stand “at ease.”

3) Release your hands and allow your arms to hang naturally. Notice how your body memory keeps you standing tall and balanced. A little reminder goes a long way.

Whitney Lowe, orthopedic massage instructor, suggests the following types of movement and exercise courses for postural help: Pilates, Alexander Technique, Aston Patterning, Feldenkrais, and Hellerwork.

Also worthy of consideration are:

1) Structural integration programs, such as Rolfing, generally held in 10 sessions with a practitioner who has been specially trained and certified

2) Yoga with an experienced instructor who understands alignment

3) Exercise programs designed by an experienced trainer who understands what needs to be strengthened and what needs to be stretched for good alignment

4) Exercise plans outlined in a book on alignment, such as Pain Free by Pete Egoscue.
© 2004, Dee Hiatt
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