Good Posture in our society has unfortunately lost its importance and is at the root of a lot of physical ailments.
We no longer live in closely knit communities since the industrial revolution, when children were taken care of by parents and grandparents, and taught how to hold their posture and follow their elders' example, and the fashion industry and modern designs of furniture have all played a big part in compromising good healthy posture.
In Africa and other indigenous societies who still live in close connection to nature, children grow up acquiring natural good posture by observing their elders, going about their daily activities.
As a child, adolescent and young adult, I had the good fortune to live in Kenya and Zambia where I was surrounded by great role models! Although I did not adopt their excellent posture at the time, their example and memory stayed deeply engrained in my every cell.
When I finally started my own recovery process from the first hip replacement in 2005, I learned to "live and breathe" good posture.
I learned to alleviate pain by correcting the way I walked, bending down, sitting and lying in bed. This proved to be the most powerful natural osteopath in the world, as gradually my body became straighter and taller.
Good posture is crucial in good health and will "readdress the root cause of pain and reduce or even eliminate muscle or joint pain and also prevent further degeneration"(Esther Gokhale, author of "Eight steps to a pain-free back").
Good posture is the primary aspect one learns in Qi Gong, as it helps to improve our energy levels, and blood circulation, and by learning to stand and sit tall, we decompress our spine, so our breathing improves, we increase in height, and create a natural feeling of well-being and self-confidence.