Postural Alignment Session
A Paradigm Shift: The Postural Alignment method is based in the following principles:
- You don’t move enough
- The site of the pain is not the source of the pain
- The human body has the ability to heal itself
with ideal Posture
Movement for Life...
Postural Alignment Is needed for a Pain-free life:
The body is designed that the 8 load bearing joints (the two ankles, knees, hips and shoulders) be stacked in both vertical and horizontal alignment. When the body deviates from this symmetrical loading (right to left or front to back), bodies typically are painful and have physical limitations.
It is important to note that postural mis-alignments or deviations are the result of:
- lack of movement (this is the greatest contributor)
- one-sided or repetitive movements (these are mostly problematic when coupled with lack of movement)
- and previous injuries and or surgeries.
As babies, we develop our nervous systems and our posture through movement and milestones… (Rolling, crawling, squatting and walking). Over time, and often due to lack of movement, we “forget” how to move properly and we develop dysfunctions in our bodies. Dysfunctions are parts of our body that don’t move the way they should and limit movement. Over time the body learns to compensate for these dysfunctions. This dysfunction-compensation relationship leads to layers of compensation that build over time as we go through life.
Improving posture goes far beyond eliminating pain. Your body’s organ function and immune system, as well as pelvic floor function are intimately related to your posture as well. By improving your posture, you will access your body’s inherent ability to not only heal itself from chronic pain, but to also heal itself from disease and sickness.
Sedentary lifestyle with limited range of motion leads to painful but avoidable consequences….
These can be reversed with the proper stimulation ….
What makes this Program Different than Exercise Class?
- Learn how to do the work yourself
- No specialized equipment required
- Keep up with your own program at home
- Exercises that meet you where you are
- Exercises that don’t cause pain or excessive stretching
- Continue to maintain your results for the rest of your life
- An approach where you are heard and your feedback matters
- An approach unlike anything you’ve ever seen or done before
- An approach that deals with the root cause of the problem, not just the site of the pain
Therapy appointments are conducted in-person at my office in Nantucket, Ma. The initial appointment lasts for 1.5 hours and begins with a review of your health history and goals.
A full posture assessment is conducted at the first visit using posture photos with a plumb line inserted into the front, left, back, and right side views of the photos. The posture assessment is a collaborative process where your own observations of your body matter just as much as mine.
Once the assessment is completed, you will be assigned a customized sequence of stretches and exercises called a daily menu. Most clients will need to do their menu once per day, and some will need to do their menu twice per day for best results. Your menu will take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on what you need and what you are realistically able to do.
Follow up sessions last for one hour and are scheduled several times a week to every several weeks. In your second appointment, you will be instructed in detail on the correct form of your exercises. Learning how to do the exercises correctly, and learning how to feel the changes in your body is a process that takes time, and multiple sessions for most people.
In subsequent sessions your exercise routine will be reviewed with you to ensure you are staying on track, posture will be re-assessed, and your exercises will be adjusted on an as-needed basis in order to promote progress.
The Postural Alignment Session is done in a series.
The Initial session includes a health history, a movement assessment, a E-Pete computer generated exercise menu that is adjusted to the client’s time allowance and goals… it is 1.5 hours and $150.00.
Subsequent sessions are 1 hour and cost $100.00 (or a series of 4 are $200- Winter 2018/2019 special only) as we further adjust the exercise menu to the changes the client has accomplished…
The time frequency depends on the client, but generally the sessions would be several weeks apart, with the client working on their menu daily for 15-45 min…
Preparing yourself for your Initial Appointment:
The more prepared you are going into your appointment, and the more you do your menu and communicate with your therapist, the better your results will be….
- Fill out the Client Forms and bring with you. Don’t forget this!
- Wear layers, but please come dressed with clothing that lets us see your body. For example, bike shorts and a sports bra top or camisole.
- Consider reading the Pete Egoscue books ,Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain and The Egoscue Method of Health through Motion
- Feel Free to contact Rachel with questions prior to your session…
Where did you get your training? I am a certified Postural Alignment Specialist through Egoscue University. I also have had training and education through Aligned and Well, The EBFA (exercise barefoot academy), Functional Movement Therapy, and more….
Why did you study posture and functional exercise? This was the piece that was missing in correcting chronic pain through massage. The postural work complements massage really well in that massage releases or changes tissue tension, but sometimes people need to “build up” or stimulate/stabilize their muscles. I’ve had more people with issues lately with uneven or weak muscles in their hips/pelvis especially- they have a pelvis shifted way forward. Often times with an anterior pelvis, externally rotated hips, and everted feet. Postural alignment sessions takes people through a series of e-sizes (they stretch or stimulate, and sometimes simultaneously) to reduce rotation in pelvis or hips, neutralize pelvis (getting both sides to work together), engage the deep stabilizers, and tie it all together globally.
How do you get to know a client’s postural deficits/needs? I generally start by an initial massage since my hands have twenty years of touch education and I instinctively “feel” what is going on in the body. For example: in a massage I feel where there is uneven tension between the ligaments and muscles in the sacrum (a place that should be equal right to left), I feel rotations in the shoulders, I feel when the ribs (which should be slightly mobile) are rigid, I feel when one calf is tight on the same side as a low tone glute and a foot bunion…. Then I look at the body. The body should be equal right to left, front to back, and top to bottom. The main points (ankles, knees, shoulders, and head) should be pointing forward. When they aren’t, it means there are differences in how the body is being used. When we use our parts differently we overuse some parts and lack properly stimulating others, a necessary nutrient to a healthy body….
For questions- please email Rachel at email@example.com