Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
Spring, 2001
Try this:

 Sit in a chair with your knees close together.

 Now reach your right arm and hand way to the front of you and then to each side as though reaching for a book.

 Notice what tightens in your legs, hips and low back.

 Repeat with your left arm.

 Change the way you are sitting by opening your knees about hip-width or a little wider. Make sure your legs are relaxed and your feet are directly under your knees.

 Now do the reaching again, first with one arm and then the other, noticing any tightness in your legs, hips and low back as you reach.

 Cross your legs and try the reaching again, noticing any tightness.

 Return to the open knee position and experiment again with the reaching.

Do you notice how much less strain there is on your low back, hips and legs when you have your knees relaxed apart and your feet well placed on the floor? Your base of support for trunk and arm movement is much wider and more stable.

Sit with ease and let your posture support you. You donít need extra wear and tear to work effectively. You know thatís true just as you know that tightly gripping your carís steering wheel and clenching your jaw does not make your car go faster.
© 2004, Dee Hiatt
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