Posture at the Movies

See a World of Posture at the Movies

Today in the States, it’s nearly impossible to find, tall yet relaxed posture. So, let’s go to the movies and explore the everyday posture that informs what we teach. Remember that we went rogue, taking insights from large populations of people who don’t have pain and exploring what they do right. Then we pass on that knowledge to you in private, customized posture classes.

“Queen of Katwe” Filmed in Uganda

In first viewing the trailer, you first may think that there is not a large different in posture from what you see in Uganda versus what you see in the States. Look closer. Look several times. The people are tall and regal without lifting their chests or arching their backs. Their shoulders are wide. Backs are narrow and elongated. Necks are a true extension of the spine. Walking is a breeze, even with heavy items in the arms or balanced on heads.

Farmer’s Rest in Uganda

unnamedThis extra on the set of “Queen of Katwe” is in a posture called farmer’s rest. His butt is far behind him and his back is long and straight. His spine is not arched in a backbend, nor is it curved like a cashew. The spine moves as one with the sacrum (the bone that acts like a fulcrum just above the butt) allowing the vertebrae to stack, creating space for the discs and allowing the muscles to relax. He can stay like this for hours, working with his hand and arms as needed.

Farmer’s Rest in the States

Farmer's postureThis man is also in farmer’s rest. Yet, his butt is tucked under, causing the sacrum and low spine to also tuck under and be compressed. The mid-back, upper-back and neck now lack a natural and clear direction of where to go. In order for the head to come forward, the spine must curve over like a cashew. The muscles work hard to move his spine in this direction, causing overuse, weakening and tension all at the same time. The back becomes very broad, while the front body and shoulders become closed and tight. In this position, he can’t easily work all day with his arms and hands due to fatigue and/or discomfort. When he stands up, the shape of his back will basically remain the same.

Farmer’s Rest Comparison

unnamed-1These movie extras in Uganda show the evolution of posture as we know it today in the modern, interconnected world. With media and images available all over the globe, many non-Western populations are now copying our painful posture. Here, we see some kids in a safe, long-spined farmer’s rest (straight white lines). Others (curved white lines) have a tucked under seat and a cashew spine so if they leaned forward, their backs would remain curved.

Which kids look strong? Which look weak? Kids mimic the posture of those around them. Let’s make sure our children emulate safe, strong posture. Learn the truths about posture and be their posture role model. 

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