Why posture is important – a little bit of history

Humans evolved over MILLIONS of years…and so did our upright posture.

100,000 years ago homo sapiens become the only human species.  For most of that time we lived in hunter gatherer groups.  That is how our bodies and minds evolved. We lived in nature and were dependent on our ability to walk, run and move. There are 7 natural movement patterns key for survival – gait, bending, squatting, lunging, pulling, pushing and twisting. Our bodies evolved to do them in the most efficient way, with minimal wear and tear. Posture is the starting point for all movement, natural posture, efficient movement.

We would not have survived if 4 out of   7 days a week we had a back twinge, runners knee or woke up with frozen shoulder!

9000 years ago saw the start of farming which started to change our lifestyle and how we moved.  It was only about 250 years ago that the industrial revolution happened and our lives began to change completely. So fast forward to today…..

Modern life is a bit like a zoo of our own making…

We have taken ourselves out of our natural habitat and put ourselves in this fake one.  It’s shortening our lives and making us sick.  We no longer live in rhythm with the sun, we sleep less, move less, slouch in chairs, hunch over phones, slump at computers, and eat fake and processed foods.

Our movement has become structured around repetitive actions at work or in fixed hour slots at play.  Our posture has moved away from the biological norm and our movement patterns have become faulty.

Not that progress is bad –  we have achieved amazing things and our lives are better in many ways.  But to stay healthy we cannot turn our back on BIOLOGY.  We need to match the best of progress with the best of living naturally, from our history.

Improving posture is key to freeing our bodies.  Learning efficient, primal patterns for movement, in with our BIOLOGICAL norms will reduce our pain, injury and ailments.  So we can feel physically better even as we get older.

It is not necessary to accept limitations as we age!

Living more naturally is not limited to MOVEMENT. But can be applied to other areas of our lives – eating, drinking, sleeping, resting, even breathing.

All our services have this philosophy at their heart….if you want to learn more about how MOVING NATURALLY can help you get out of pain and do more of what you LOVE call today for a chat and a brew.  We would love to hear from you.

Interested more in a historical perspective?…

Read Daniel Lieberman’s book…. The Story of the human body

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