Your posture, the way you hold your body, can represent a lot of things about you, as well creating or preventing tension in the muscles that support it.

A good posture displays confidence and strength in the way you hold yourself. Good posture requires the deeper muscles of your body to support you, while the superficial muscles undertake your required tasks. Unfortunately many of us only use the superficial muscles, having let our 'support (postural) muscles' become weak. This, with added factors such as stress, lead to tightness, stiffness and ultimately pain in our bodies.

Good posture has our head sitting up straight on top of our neck and spine, eyes looking towards the level of the horizen (not down) and shoulders should be held back and down. Arms should hang loosely, your spine should be straight and upright and your weight should be evenly distributed between both legs, without locking your knees.

Your posture will alter as soon as you change position. Being body aware and aware of how you should be holding yourself will allow you to adapt to these changes and thus reduce the stress on your body. Have a read of the other options in this section on posture during different activities. 

Our postural muscles, such as the core, need consistent use and strengthening to become strong and get a point when that are activated on a less conscious level. As well as attending our core stability class on a Monday night, our Alexander technique teacher, Dee, can advise you on how to obtain effective and efficient posture.