Posture: Inflation Tech (Beta)
It is well established neuroscientifically that the right brain is better at controlling the body due to its greater neural interconnectedness with all regions. The right brain also works better with visualization than with verbal or mechanical commands.
This is a visualization tech I invented for posture, to be done whenever you get up from a sedentary or contracted pose such as sleeping or computer use. I would like you to try it and report back in the comments section.
This uses “sucking air in” breathing for the duration of the tech. Then you revert to “pushing air out” breathing afterwards when you’re going about your business.
- Stand up.
- Imagine that your legs are sausages, including the foot as part of the sausage. Breathe in while imagining they are filling up like sausage balloons.
- Now imagine your ass and pelvis is a single round balloon. Breathe in while imagining it is filling up like a balloon.
- Now imagine your whole torso, including your back, is a single balloon. Breathe in while imagining it is filling up like a balloon.
- Now imagine your arms are sausages, including the hands. Breathe in while imagining they are filling up like sausage balloons.
- Now imagine your neck is a balloon. Breathe in while imagining it filling up like a balloon.
- Now imagine your whole head is a round balloon. Breathe in while imagining it filling up like a balloon.
While breathing in (through mouth or nose, however you feel is right at the time, but usually nose), you should feel your diaphragm pulling right down. This is probably most noticeable during the torso inflation.
In between each inflation, obviously you should breathe out.
I have a feeling this will make even the most contracted hunchback be standing completely upright at the end of the sequence.
The sequence above is arbitrary; I have just listed it in a bottom-to-top order to make it easy to remember. If you find a better sequence for yourself then that is fine.
If you’re anything like me, you might notice huge asymmetries in the body as this progresses, perhaps with thick bands of muscle connecting parts of the body strangely at sweeping angles across it, and causing your head or other body part to pull to one side more than the other. This is myofascial training caused by asymmetrical habits, especially computer use and sleeping poses. Asymmetrical muscle buildup is basically irreversible, but I think these thick bands might be good candidates to work on via yoga, traditional stretching, and body work such as massage, though I don’t have a programme for that in mind currently.
After the sequence (repeated a few times if you feel necessary) you want to switch to Alexander Technique “pushing air out” breathing to go about your business. It is also worth YouTubing Alexander Technique movement principles to move more freely and have the right brain better even out asymmetries via that visualized movement.
Let me know how it goes.