About Natural Alignment

Natural Alignment How it Works

(Left ) Aligned Skeleton / (Middle)Overcorrected / (Right ) Collapsed Skeleton

 

Milo.side.standing.cutoutNatural Alignment is what all healthy babies and toddlers discover when teaching themselves how to sit up, stand and walk. It is the natural design of our species that provides for all healthy humans to be naturally pain-free, easily flexible, authentically strong, and to enjoy enduring vitality for a lifetime. This alignment is the reason it is possible for small woman in m any places in the world to carry heavy loads on their heads with great ease.

Jay.side.spine.pgOur mission is to shine a light on the importance of the body’s natural, easy, relaxed posture because remarkable things happen when a naturally aligned skeleton provides the underlying framework of support that supports the healthy functioning of all the body’s systems. There are many reasons why so many of us in the modern, industrialized world lose this alignment at an early age, but overall health often improves when someone learns how to re-inhabit the body the way they once did as a toddler. Back and joint pain is relieved. Many injuries are healed. Easy flexibility, authentic strength and enduring vitality are restored, and old age is experienced with greater ease.

Students in classrooms become more calm, more focused and more attentive when they know how to sit up straight, not through effort and struggle, but with the support of an aligned pelvis that serves as the foundation for a supple, elongated spine that rests above it.

While we’ve understood that posture is important, we’ve misunderstood what “good posture” really is. In an effort to counteract our modern-day tendencies toward slouching, we’ve overcorrected and gone too far the other way. Who among us hasn’t been guided by the command to “tuck your butt, suck in your belly, lift up your chest and pull your shoulders back.” Unfortunately, this modern stance distorts the spine and is the cause of much of the tension and pain experienced by millions of people today. This misunderstanding about what “good posture” actually is, even among most health professionals and exercise enthusiasts, has given rise to a misconception about fitness and exercise that can exacerbate many of our problems. Exercise has tremendous benefits, but only when it is done in a way that works with the body’s natural design, not against it. Working against the body embeds unhelpful patterns of movement that come with a high cost down the road.serves as the foundation for the spine that rises above it. Breathing and circulation are enhanced, allowing for oxygenated blood to flow more readily to the brain. Digestive and eliminative processes function more efficiently. The nervous system is no longer put under assault by a collapsed and distorted spinal cord, and instead, serves as an open channel for messages to be relayed between body and brain.

Humans, like every other species, have a particular mechanical design that is the same for all healthy humans. This design is governed by the same laws of nature that apply to physics, engineering and architecture. Very young children, when learning how to sit and  stand upright, discover the vertical axis of gravity within themselves, without actually knowing, of course, that this is what they are doing! Once they figure out how to align their bones along this axis, they are able to balance a bowling ball-like head on top of the spine, an accomplishment that is not unlike learning to ride a bicycle or balance a broomstick on the tip of one’s finger.

Aligned bones can be compared to the wall studs of a house that provide an underlying framework of structural support. Muscles that attach to aligned bones are elastic and free of unnecessary tension; they are thus able to perform their primary function, which is to move the bones, not “hold” the body up or keep it together. When bones are not aligned, muscles have to compensate and “pick up the slack”, working overtime and becoming storehouses of tension. Muscles that are attached to aligned bones are elastic and free of tension, not tight and overdeveloped. Toddlers, it turns out, are the gurus for how to live in natural, relaxed and comfortable bodies that have flexible joints, elongated spines and are free from stored-up tension and pain.

Adults who maintain this natural alignment throughout their lives continue to enjoy these same benefits and are far less likely to injure themselves in the course of daily activities. Such people tend to enjoy better overall health and to age with greater ease.  Those people in the world who inhabit their bodies in a naturally-aligned way are not only able to be pain-free, they are able to function at a high level of physical activity throughout an entire lifetime.

The current epidemic of pain—back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain—is not the natural condition of a healthy human. The billions of dollars paid to doctors, insurance and pharmaceutical companies for surgeries and pain medication would be saved if the medical profession and our society as a whole had a clear picture of what a naturally-healthy human actually is. For this to happen, we must begin to look to the toddlers of the world, as well as those people who are able to carry heavy loads on their heads with ease and who age into their 70s, 80s and beyond with flexible joints, elongated spines and enduring vitality. Medical research MUST turn its focus from studying the dis-order or the dis-ease to using the baseline of good health, for herein lies the secret to how to live pain-free and enjoy greatly improved health.


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