Posture, Body Reading, and Myofascial Release
An excerpt from Techniques For Movement (TFM) Manual I:
The TFM manuals are used within the TFM Learning workshop series that focuses on Posture Assessment, and the practical application of Myofascial Release for the manual therapist.
“Posture is holding your structure as well as you can. When the structure is properly balanced, good posture is natural. A man slouches not because he has a bad habit but because his structure doesn’t make it easy for him not to slouch.”
Ida P. Rolf
What exactly do we mean when we assess ‘Posture’?
To stand before a mirror, or a therapist, is to capture a moment in time; one possible postural event that draws with it all the limitations and possibilities that we possess. Posture can be considered finite – it is a statement stamped as a moment, a single possibility, reflecting the thoughts, emotions, and physical capacity available in that moment in time. To truly explore and unfold the potential in another, it is important to focus on what is possible (Structural Integration), not just what has come (dis-ease).
Structural Integrity is our underlying level of organization. Our structure and the degree to which we maintain structural integration allows for the various possibilities of movement that we have at our disposal. Structure precedes movement/function, and informs the composition and shape of our posture. By improving our underlying structure we are improving our movement potential, and consequently improving our Posture.