Posture “Mind” Method — Feedback Wanted

I’m toying with the idea of creating a complete posture method video series. Muscles/posture is one of my only long-term projects I’m close to being completely happy with. I have a few “mechanical” methods (“move this like that; now do this” etc.) that will hopefully fix a lot of problems for people very quickly, e.g. within 1 or 2 days of practice. I believe this field is currently poorly understood and the methods out there are, frankly, shit. That includes professional medical physiotherapy, of which I have been a victim in years past. I believe I can potentially redefine this field, boiling it all down to the simplest and easiest to teach principles and exercises which anybody can understand and use to build their own programme.

The mechanical methods are all good — it’s the “mind” methods I’m worried about. Are they teachable? That’s where I would like your testing and feedback, please. Here is the first one I would like you to try:

  1. Stand up straight, with shoulders back, in what you consider good upright posture. Don’t worry about any aspect of how “good” it is. Just move on to the next step.
  2. Become aware of your body. While continuing to look forward with your eyes, I want you to imagine you are looking inside your body with your mind.
    1. Notice that some muscles stand out as being tight (perhaps because you are needing to keep them tight to maintain this upright posture, or whatever).
      1. Imagine that, in your view of the body, those tight muscles are “lit up” (because you are easily aware of them). So your body is a kind of 3D map and these muscles you are easily aware of are appearing as bands of bright light.
      2. Now, in your mind, “stare” at those muscles for a long period. Does anything happen?
    2. Notice that many muscles are not in your awareness. These fall between the muscles that are “lit up”. They are kind of “off the map”.
      1. Imagine that they are “dark spots” in your 3D map of the body, in between the “lit up” areas.
      2. Now, in your mind, “stare” at those muscles for a long period. Does anything happen?

So, basically, you are “staring” at muscles in your mind and seeing if anything happens. Then you are “staring” at the dark spots in between the muscles you are already aware of (which puts them back on the map) and seeing if anything happens. You only “stare” in your mind; your eyes will be looking straight ahead the whole time.

Those are the only instructions I am planning to give you. I am looking for feedback such as muscles starting to move by themselves and helping the good posture form itself with stability. However, I will accept any feedback.

Please try it for a good 20 minutes. I’m not interested in you trying it for 10 seconds then immediately giving up. I know we live in the Facebook generation, where if something doesn’t happen immediately then it’s probably not worth paying attention to, but try and put that scatter-brain to one side for a while.

Also, there isn’t anything to really “do” other than this imaginary staring. It’s not like there’s real effort involved, other than a bit of visualization. Just watch and see if anything happens. That’s what I’m looking for feedback on. 🙂

Thanks!

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10 Responses

  1. James says:

    Well, I tried it.

    When I try to correct my posture normally I just “feel” the area, the sensations.

    This time, I did what you recommend in this post, and visualized.

    I just entered a trance state, busted out some yoga moves, and my body relieved itself of said tension.

    I think there was a benefit in visualizing as apposed to feeling, the yoga movements felt more precise and the point of contention (my left hip/lower back) seemed hyper focus on.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Cool cool 🙂

      Yeah, well I actually get a combined visual and feeling mode. This is the standard right brain mode, it seems. So the visual comes from the feeling, and it’s a combined modality. It’s great to be able to perceive it in two representations. One will help the other.

  2. Nick says:

    I followed your instructions, and expected to struggle as I’m not the best at visualising.
    I suffer from the common postural problems that most of us are prone to who work at a computer..
    Practicing the above exercise, gave a more targeted response to my focus. There was a subtle shift in my lower back, a light tingling which was quiet pleasant. I will practise this some more. My feeling sense is quiet well developed, I’m intrigued to see what persistence in this practice will bring.

  3. William says:

    Well I tried it a few times a week since you posted this, didn’t want to rush with the conclusions so I am only writing right now

    As it did on the first day it still does the same thing to me – some sorts of minimal adjustions of my posture, such as bending the knee a little, moving hand more infront and etc.

    After that I get lots of tremors, and just lay in the bed shaking.

    But I’m probably not a good person to understand how this exercise would work for majority of population, because even if I meditate/relax too much/whatever I get lots of tremors. Should really spend more time doing TRE, because it is already fourth year I do TRE sometimes, and I still get tremors anytime I relax too much, so I actually have to always be a little tense because of that.

    Do I feel as if my posture is better after this exercise? Sure but I feel that way after TRE anyway. Of course if I would get those small adjustments for whole 20 minutes as you suggested, not just tremors, it would be whole different game probably.

    Take care,
    William (Inchoate on the forum)

    • Illuminatus says:

      Thanks a lot for the feedback William. Tremors are a tough one to pin down — I have had many theories about them over the years. My current one, which I am a lot more sure about than previous ones, is that they are to do with internal fascia which has adapted to the “sitting” position and formed these kinds of loops over the years. Shaking is when either 1) Left brain is overwhelmed or subdued (e.g. via meditation, yoga, something else) and can no longer maintain its suppression of the right brain (which is better connected to the body) and shaking is then the body’s way of trying to correct these loops (unsuccessful due to their severity, might I add) or 2) Exercise, TRE etc. stimulates those fasciae and they begin to pulse.

      You can quite easily “unloop” the stomach area fasciae (which come in from all over the place — including upper legs) by doing slow, light hip gyrations in the UP/DOWN plane (not left/right) — so stand up and imagine your dick coming up towards your head, then moving backwards, down, forwards, then up again. You will feel these circular motions undoing some of the stomach area loops caused by constant sitting.

      Fixing fascia, muscles etc. in things like arms is far, far more difficult. I have methods, but it’s a real long haul. You won’t realize how much time I’ve ploughed into this until you see the inevitable product that will result.

      The sad thing is that tremors when instigated via TREs or meditation or whatever will NOT unfold fascia. The fascia is too corrupted, in too many “layers”, to unfold via this shaking. I’m really hoping to get some guide or product out there which ACTUALLY fixes these layers. However, the tremors do release opioids to overwhelm nerves which have been excited. This is why you start to feel good. So, in short, keep doing it if you feel benefit. Something similar is if you sit in jhana for so long that you use “waves” to numb out the body. Deep jhana, e.g. formless realms, seems to involve shorting out all the “feeling” neurons in the body, and it numbs out the body so much it’s like being on ketamine.

      I’m close to a theory uniting all these strange, seemingly disparate concepts.

      Edd

      • William says:

        I think you are right when you say that TRE can’t correct those loops due to their severity, and that I feel good after shaking because it releases opioids. It was something I also suspected, but did not want to believe that, because it puts me in an uncomfortable position, in which I simply don’t know what to do (lost one of my my magic bullets).

        It is a wide topic, to say the least and even thou I support your theory I also think that TRE can be useful in some cases – maybe it does not ‘unloop’ the fasciae, but it sends pulses over it and “awakens” it. It results in being more “intune” with your body, gives you understanding of the underlying problems – both mental and physical (ofc as you say in your post of non-duality, it is the same thing). Futhermore TRE can be used as a stimulant for vivid dreams, that is almost always a plus 🙂 of course it happens because of the opioid release, but it is way cheaper than drugs, and arguably – healthier.

        I am not completely sure why do you say, that you can’t fix posture via meditation? I always viewed meditation as “the magic bullet” if you will, because (pseudo-pseudo-science alert) in my theory it is possible to rewire your brain via it. And it + your gut is pretty much the “spine” of your being, so it should fix fasciae indirectly.

        Probably (and it is more directed to myself, not you) meditation and TRE should be veiwed as some of activities that help to fix the posture and fasciae. Fuse it with yoga, correct diet, thought-journaling and deeper understanding of what it means to be human (both primal, spiritual and conscious nature (symbols etc)) and we might be getting to something. I’m more inclined to believe that there is no “secret method” that would solve all our problems, but search for it brings us closer to our goal, doesn’t it?. Thanks a lot for your blog, and your theories. 🙂

        Thanks for the thoughtful reply,
        William

        • Illuminatus says:

          Meditation as it is often taught now (e.g. “noting”) will generally get you further away from good posture due to the left-brain, mind-orientation of it. That goes hand in hand with the “left-brain shift” which also incurs sitting, reading, and using technology for long periods — it’s all part of the same package. Mind techniques certainly cannot fix literal muscle fibre displacement!

          There are magic bullets. You’ve lost one here but you are about to gain a real one — I am literally writing a really nice guide right now, partly inspired by this chat. It will be up tonight. It will actually help to start putting things right.

          • Illuminatus says:

            The guide is half written. It’s longer than I thought. It can potentially fix all the problems, though. I’m pretty surprised by how well it worked. Keep an eye on the blog.

  4. James says:

    Lookin’ forward to it ed 😀

  5. William says:

    can’t wait 🙂

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