The Seniors Posture Test is designed to help understand the parts of your body that may be out of alignment. It's a good idea to get someone to help you with this.
In fact, analyze each other! Joseph Pilates said that, as we age, our trunk disappears into our pelvis. I would like to add, our neck disappears into our shoulders!
Ask a friend to help you. Stand barefooted in your natural stance. It helps to have horizontal and vertical indicators behind you (eg window or bookshelves) for comparison with measurements. You'll find links to each stretch below.
Back View Check-up: (Links to Solutions in blue)
Side-on Check-up: (Links to Solutions in blue)
Often, but not always, it is tight muscles that have the ability to "pull" bones out of alignment, particularly hip and knee joints. Is this why we have so many hip and knee replacements now.
In my experience, there is one thing you can do, if you do nothing else. And that is to stand well.
1. feet parallel with each other and hip width apart.
2. knees not locked, but a little "soft".
3. shoulders relaxed, and shoulder blades sliding down towards your waist
4. imagine holding a nice soft peach under your chin (this will bring you neck and head into alignment.
And VOILA! The perfect you!
Check out our collection of DVDs or Download for phone or computer - you're sure to find one that is just right for you. There are 4: Core Strength Exercises, Stability Ball Exercises, Resistance Band Exercises & Stretching Exercises.