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Correct one of the 6 Common Walking Problems that limit the benefits of exercise walking. Avoid creating repetitive stress injuries that rob you of time, money and fun. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.
5. From Upper Body Back to Lifted & Aligned
The Problem: When we carry a heavy package to our chest, like a laundry basket or a baby, we naturally shift our upper body backward to balance the combined weight. All too frequently this posture becomes a habit. Perhaps you’ve seen yourself in a photo from the side, or in a mirrored store window as you walked past, and noticed that your upper body is back. To stay balanced, the head often shifts forward also. Over time, as we slump, our upper body weight drops onto our low back causing vertebral and disc compression.
Warning Signs: You may have your Upper Body Back if you notice a slower walk, poor posture, head, neck and shoulder tension, collapsed chest or backache.
Somatic Benefits: The psychological shift to Lifted & Aligned often feels like greater confidence, no longer ‘holding back’ or being as concerned with other’s approval.
The Solution: To correct Upper Body Back you’ll lift and slide your rib cage forward and reposition your neck and head. Photographs help connect our kinesthetic and visual images. Have someone take photos from the side before and after you do the following exercises.
Exercises: Rib Cage Slide with Belly Button toward Back Bone
In time you’ll notice deeper breathing, less head, neck and shoulder tension and more.
Want personal attention to prevent and heal injuries from poor biomechanics? Book a private consultation, come to our weekly classes or twice per year group training.