Posture is very important, as it relates to how you walk, stand and sit and how you use your body in daily activities. Postural habits tend to be learned from an early age. Posture also has a structural and functional aspect to it.
The term structural relates to your connective tissue or fascia. Connective tissue can become ‘moulded’ and stuck in certain ways over time and this explains why we may find it hard to sit up straight after a lifetime of slouching. Over time, this can become painful, as your muscles and fascia have to work harder to keep this new position.
There term functional describes the way in which you use your body during daily activities. The ways in which we move can become habit and this can become ‘moulded’ into our tissues and nervous systems.
Good and bad postural habits are sustained by both structural and functional aspects and for these to be changed a combination of hands on tissue release and movement education are needed.
When you see a Rolf Practitioner, they will not be looking for perfect posture, but will look to see where strain patterns exist within your body and will work with you to ease these strain patterns, so that you will feel more relaxed by the end of a session. A practitioner is not looking for ‘perfect posture’, but is seeking ease of movement in the tissues that will work in a functional way for the client.