Awareness & Action

When fixing a problem, the first step is to become aware that a problem exists. Although many people claim to know themselves better than anyone else, a lot of the time we are still unaware of certain behaviors that we exhibit, whether it’s physical, mental, social etc. An example of this is when I was casually explaining what an anterior pelvic tilt is to someone and my friend overheard the conversation and said “Oh wow, I have an anterior pelvic tilt, I always wondered why I walk so weird and my butt sticks out so much”. I think these kinds of realizations are pivotal because knowing exactly what the problem is and why it occurs allows you to understand the direction to take in terms of fixing it.

However, the problem with many people is that they remain stagnant at this step. Being aware of a problem doesn’t necessarily solve it, action does. That’s step two, constantly taking action towards resolving the problem. In the case of an anterior pelvic tilt, it would be religiously doing myofascial release and focusing on keeping a neutral spine. Some problems might not have a clear cut solution yet, but constantly experimenting might lead you to stumble upon an effective result. An example of this is my battle with scoliosis. Since my hips overly shoot out in one direction due to the curvature of my spine, I use a pulley machine called the Keiser to pull myself in the same direction that my hips shoot out. This reverse psychology makes my hips want to shoot out in the opposite direction, thus straightening me out while I’m hooked to the machine. This is obviously something I am just experimenting with, but at least I am working towards a possible explanation to my problem.

I think that both of these steps are important and interrelated when solving a problem; you can’t have one without the other. Once you become aware of postural problems (externally rotated feet, rounded thoracic, lumbar extension), you’ll not only notice them in yourself but in others as well. One of my friends jokingly said he feels like his posture has to be perfect around me because I’ll be like “OH MY GOD BECKY LOOK AT HER THORACIC…It’s so rounded” (That is a reference to a very popular 90s song if you missed it). However, it’s important to note that posture doesn’t become perfect overnight, it’s a long process that involves hard work, patience, problem solving and intuition with your own body. I am aware of my postural deficiencies, and have been working towards fixing them but I am nowhere near perfect yet. That’s why I figured I’d end this post with snapshots of my postural deficiencies. Pictures and mirrors are great because they are objective tools that make you aware of your problems. You just have to take the initiative to fix them 🙂

This candid picture demonstrates my rounded throacic and internally rotated shoulders

This candid picture demonstrates my rounded throacic and internally rotated shoulders

Although this isn't a candid, it demonstrates my excessive lumbar extension.

Although this isn’t a candid, it demonstrates my excessive lumbar extension.