Poor posture and slouching is stiffening!
Do not burden yourself with self-judgment, however
There are many smiling, celebrity-faces with the correct advice and products to separate you from your hard-earned money. You can:
- Work your Core
- Buy the Back Blaster
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- 90 Days to Peak Power
- Wear this Crazy Shoulder-Harness Doo-Dad
- Hard-core Yoga for Rock-hard Abs... or whatever
Surely now we've got it right, right? Not quite, I'm afraid. There are at least two reasons why these or any approaches like these will increase your stiffness rather than liberate the natural balanced expression of your body and movement:
- These are additive approaches, whereas the correct approach subtracts
- These do not help you recognize the influence your thinking has on your posture
Why “Sit up straight” is just another kind of stiffening
Any additive approach will have you do something new in order to bring about the change you seek. But doing something new without addressing the original habits only increases the layers of effort. Your muscles may be stronger, bulkier, impressive-looking, yes - but the old stiffening is still there.
You will white-wash the old habits with new habits that can only conceal or camouflage what is still there. PLUS, it will take a great deal of energy to do so. Honestly, how long could any of us keep up that 30-minutes a day core workout routine before calling it quits?
How long could you “sit up straight” before collapsing back into your habit?
The correct approach will help you subtract the habits that cause you to pull down in the first place. Yes, it is subtle - and the expert guidance of an Alexander Technique teacher may be necessary.
You must unlearn what you have learned
Do not add more layers of misuse to camouflage your unsightly slouch. Learn to direct your thinking. Observe, stop, and direct your thinking.
[Related: The Difference Between Thinking and Doing]
Think 'up' whenever the occasion reminds you. Take a moment right now to observe yourself as you read this sentence, stop reading it for a moment, and direct your thinking. The benefits of this procedure may surprise you.
Do I have better advice for you than “Sit up straight”? ABSOLUTELY
“Don't do your slouch” and “Think 'up'” is better advice. Is this a complete solution? No, but it is a step in the right direction. The Alexander Technique may seem counter-intuitive at first. I implore you to seek the advice of a trained teacher. We are more than happy to help you, enthusiastic in fact.
Learn to use yourself well and then go and do whatever other routine or regimen you wish to do in order to sculpt your physique. The Alexander Technique can help you build soft, firm and responsive muscles - as well as improve your posture.