Our head is heavy – about 5kg worth. Yes 5kg.
For every 2.5cm of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 4.5kg. This not only leads to loss of height and energy but also to back pain, neck pain, disc bulges and herniations, arthritis and pinched nerves.
We go through a sequence of movements that will help you say hello to your body again,and will help to strengthen, and lengthen your muscles.
Ultimately the reason we pay attention on the mat is to support the functionality of our body in our off the mat life
…but let’s face it, a one hour class a week is not a lot of time to build a healthy habit…we have to try at other times too.
So these weekly messages from me to you are like those little taps on the shoulder to remind you how you can help yourself function better on a day to day basis .
It really is important to be aware of where and how your head is placed.
Stop and notice NOW what you are doing with your head – are you jutting your chin forward, hollowing the front of your chest, rounding your shoulders?
Take a moment to follow the spine from the tailbone, through the whole back body. Allow the neck to be long at the back, and feel your head ‘float’ on the top of your spine.
Gently draw the shoulders away from the ears. Rather than collapsing our neck muscles we start to engage all ancillary muscles in the neck, shoulders, chest…even core, in an appropriate and supportive way.
There’s no amount of fancy ergonomic chairs that will do what a little bit of awareness and
practice will do. So as you go about your day, take a moment, not only to
breathe, but to check in with what you are doing with your head and neck, In doing so,
you will be saving yourself a big pain in the neck.