Thursday, March 11, 2010

More on posture

I read through this post by Mark Sisson, and a reader put up the link to this video:

Esther Gokhale is the author of the book 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, which is recommended by Mr. Sisson and his readers. I'll watch the video when I can; I am going to work on my posture and see if that helps with the back problem.

Esther Gokhale Wellness Center
Esther Gokhale's hunt for perfect posture - SFGate

Mr. Sisson writes in his post:

First, let’s look at how posture has changed over the years in a developed nation like the United States. Before the turn of the 20th century, austere, rigid posture was very much in vogue – or, at least, it was heavily promoted by teachers and authority figures as the right way to sit and stand (corporal punishment, anyone?). Think Victorian. Think stiff and crusty. In the 1920s, though, an entirely new cultural phenomenon emerged. Jazz exploded and “The Great Gatsby” was written. The flappers – independent women who flouted convention, listened to jazz, wore short hair, and drank liquor – became the model for young American women to emulate. The hair, the fashion, and the dancing were all fair game, and rightly so, but so was the signature flapper slouch. Instead of standing prim and proper, the corset-less flapper thrust out her pelvis and slouched backwards, hands on her hips. It looked effortlessly cool enough, but it wasn’t good for back health.

Look familiar? That’s the same pose you see at red carpet events in Hollywood, where every starlet seems to employ that bizarre half-turn followed by a tuck of the pelvis forward when faced with a camera. It’s “slimming,” or something.

I read this and thought immediately of Keira Knightley.

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