Available June, 2017
Healthy Posture for Babies and Children is a manual for parents, teachers, and kids to restore their natural alignment
• Explores the principles of natural alignment in accessible ways to share with children
• Details simple and fun exercises–for kids and adults alike–that “remind” the body of its natural patterns and movements
• Explains how innate movements and natural alignment play an essential role in the development of a fully functioning body and nervous system
Babies and toddlers develop naturally healthy alignment by moving in instinctive ways. Their posture is easy and relaxed, founded on correct pelvic positioning and deep core muscles to hold their bodies upright. Yet, as evidenced by the slouching epidemic seen in school-age children, most kids lose this natural alignment early in life, often due to an overreliance on strollers, baby seats, and bucket-style carriers during infancy and the reluctance to put babies on their bellies because of widespread fear of SIDS.
In this richly illustrated manual for parents, teachers, and kids themselves, movement educator and researcher Kathleen Porter explains how to relearn natural alignment with a simple movement routine that “reminds” the body of its natural patterns. Detailing the principles of natural alignment in accessible ways to share with children, she also explores research on the importance of “tummy time” and how the movement patterns present at birth act as an engine that activates neural pathways to key areas of the brain. In this way, movement plays an essential role in the development of a fully functioning nervous system, coordinated muscle tone, and a strong, internal core that stabilizes the spine and prepares the baby for the soon-to-be-acquired upright position. The author explains how many children who struggle with a growing number of neurodevelopmental challenges, including autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD, also exhibit poor muscle tone, lack of core development, and difficulties with balance and coordination.
With a multitude of easy-to-follow principles and exercises–far more fun and effective than the futile mantra of “sit up straight”–Kathleen Porter provides a detailed road map for parents, teachers, and health professionals to learn how to guide children back to their natural posture by inhabiting their bodies mindfully for a lifetime of easy movement, strength, and energetic vitality–the hallmarks of enduring good health.
Sad Dog, Happy Dog
How Poor Posture Affects Your Child’s Health & What You Can Do About It
by Kathleen Porter
2010; Mekevan Press
John Metcalf, Ph.D., M.D. “Sure to be a classic!”
Peggy O’Mara, Editor and Publisher – Mothering Magazine
“… gives you confidence that the experience of pain is something temporary, something that you can control, you can change.”
The Book Connection, Book Review — “In this amazing and informative book, Porter breaks down the particulars of how poor posture can impact your child’s–and your–health. Restricted breathing, stress on the circulatory system, pressure on nerves that cause pain and numbness, and more can be caused by improper alignment. This is about more than just improving posture. It’s about improving your quality of life!”
This book provides a detailed road map for parents, teachers, health professionals and fitness trainers to guide children—and themselves—back to natural, healthy posture. While specifically addressing the problem facing children, the information and guidelines presented here are also pertinent to teens and adults of any age.
Sad Dog Happy Dog sounds the alarm of the worsening skeletal collapse facing each successive “techno” generation. Structural collapse stands alongside obesity as a serious threat to the long-term health of children growing up today.
Movement educator and researcher Kathleen Porter illustrates how the seeds for structural collapse are often planted in the youngest bodies through the use of certain types of strollers, car seats and other sitting devices that repeatedly place the pelvis in a “sad dog” position. Many hours spent sitting in front of TV and computer screens and in school desk chairs that reinforce “tucking” disrupts a child’s ability to rely on naturally aligned bones for relaxed, easy upright support.
“In this amazing and informative book, Porter breaks down the particulars of how poor posture can impact your child’s–and your–health. Restricted breathing, stress on the circulatory system, pressure on nerves that cause pain and numbness, and more can be caused by improper alignment. This is about more than just improving posture. It’s about improving your quality of life!”