Pic of the Day:
Relaxed? She hardly seems relaxed, with her shoulders raised and drawn in, and her thorax collapsed and pulled down. This way of holding oneself means that the muscles of the neck and back are constantly in a state of excessive tension, shortening the stature and severely compromising the working of the body's innate postural, anti-gravity reflexes.
It might not be so apparent at first glance - so accustomed are we to seeing people using themselves in this way. However, in doing so, not only is this woman spending a much greater effort than is really necessary just to tap on the keyboard, but she is also opening up the door to a whole host of chronic ailments - tragically common nowadays - such as back pain and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). The coffee mug that she is gripping is obviously intended to give us a sense of her state of "relaxation," but the language of her twisted body seems to indicate exactly the opposite!
Meanwhile, by contrast, her children playing in the background seem to be enjoying a much more graceful and well-coordinated way of using themselves. Yet looking closer we realize that there is actually quite a definite difference between the younger child and the older. Head leading, body follows... can you see it?
...which reminds us of just how early-on we tend to develop our habits of interfering with the postural reflexes. What a striking developmental panorama from mother to infant!
And the secret for getting out of this slump? Easy: realize what you're doing and stop doing it! Sounds simple, right?
Well, that's what this technique is all about.
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