Posture and Health
Mitzvah Technique
Bringing Flexibility to Everyday Movement
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Slouching and twisting Sitting in soft furniture Prolonged and improper sitting at computers ...Full Story

About Posture and Your Health
98% of the population has bad posture!

The consequences of bad posture
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sore muscles and joints after you do unfamiliar work (for example, suddenly gardening after six months of sitting)
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Aches and pains
  • Holding onto everyday stress and not knowing how to let go
  • Difficulty moving
  • Constant pain that increases over time
How do you know if you have bad posture?

Get someone to take a full body picture of you from the side. Then look for these signs:
  • Is your head in front of your shoulder?
  • Are your shoulders rounded and pushed forward or upward?
  • Is your pelvis tucked forward or backward?
  • Are your legs locked and tight?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your posture could be better.

Not sure about the answers? Mail your picture with a self-addressed envelope to me at the following address, and include a cheque for $10.00 CDN. I'll be delighted to write you a detailed analysis of your posture.
    Danella Hesler
    56 Morrison Road
    RR 1
    Eldorado, ON K0K 1Y0
    Canada
Habits that can lead to bad posture include:
  • Slouching
  • Keeping your muscles and joints tight
  • Crossing your legs or ankles
  • Crossing your arms
  • Sitting on your legs
  • Reading in bed
  • Carrying a heavy purse, parcel or backpack
  • Clenching your jaw
  • Doing anything for too long (15 minutes or more)
  • Folding your thumbs to make a tight fist
How you can have good posture:

According to Nehemia Cohen, who developed The Mitzvah Technique, good posture will happen when you activate what he calls the Mitzvah mechanism. This is a natural movement that aligns and lengthens the spine, allowing your head to balance on top of your spine.

Through the Mitzvah exercises, you learn how to create this lengthening and realignment.

When your head is properly balanced on your spine, your head is relaxed, and small movements flow from your sacrum to your head all day. A flow of energy is always moving through your body. This helps to release tension and stress before it starts to build up.

That's what good posture is all about. And when you have good posture, you are upright, your chest is open and your shoulders are centered. Your body moves flexibly and fluidly whatever you do, any time of the day.