In my previous blog "What is Good Posture?" I mentioned that posture is action, not a static position. It constantly changes. Posture is dynamic not only in a physical sense but also in an emotional sense. Just as breathing reflects emotional state of individuals, posture also reflects emotional state of individuals.
It's not that hard to tell whether people are happy, sad, or angry by their appearance without asking them how they are feeling, is it? Our posture changes without any conscious effort from one moment to another moment. Would your posture be the same when you are at a job interview versus when you are chatting with your friend? How about when you are driving along the ocean on a sunny day on your vacation versus when you are driving in terrible traffic on a rainy day on your way to work? Do you think your posture would look the same?
With this point in your mind, what does it mean to "correct" posture? If you were chronically stressed and anxious, how effective "correcting" your posture physically would be? Suppose you "corrected" your posture physically. The moment you encounter a stressful situation your posture reverts back to your usual posture often tied with stress. If your idea about "correct posture" were to sit/stand erect, imagine you were at a job interview for all day, then you would subconsciously try to maintain erect posture all day. Would that "correct posture" feel good??
Moshe Feldenkrais said "Correct posture is a matter of emotional growth and learning. It is not acquired by simple exercising or by repetition of the desired act or attitude."
Thus, posture is very dynamic, and to improve posture requires more than changing physical position of your body. It requires dynamic relationships between emotional state and physical state. Practicing Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons and Aikido is a way to improving such relationships for me. Taking what I learn from Feldenkrais Method and Aikido further and applying to my daily life is my ultimate goal, and this is what I always try to share with my clients.