The Paradigm of Posture
Chad Garner

The paradigm of posture has been turned on it’s head, finally!  

And that’s a good thing. From the mid-18th century until the late 1960’s, posture was generally a sign of discipline at the dinner table and school desk. Today, we see posture influences health and methods have emerged to help people live with ease. 

Fascia is the scientifically documented organ responsible for posture.  Fascia is the most abundant tissue in the body. It is a continuous 3D web of connective tissue which infuses, supports and surrounds all organs and tissues. Fascia is our shock absorber. Due to the connective nature of fascia, one restriction may lead to another, pulling the body out of alignment and creating compensatory patterns. 

As a result, this may cause postural disturbances, pain, repetitive strain injuries, and other pathology.  Balancing the fascia can improve lymphatic and cardio-vascular flow to enhance overall well-being.

For most people dealing with chronic body pain and stiffness, there is an alternative to successive insurance billing.  People can stand on their two feet and feel good without heroic methods. And here’s the under-pinning of the research: Bones do not move us and bones do not align us.  The action of the bones are not to hold us up. Holistic postural alignment is a result of soft tissue alignment in which the fascia takes the lead.  The soft moves the hard.

Rapid bony adjustments create a shock response that feels like a reprieve from pain at first, only to have the imbalance return.  On the other hand, Structural Integration works with the fascia to hydrate and soften the tissues for change.  Re-balancing the body’s whole living matrix of soft tissue can create the conditions for sustainable change and peaceful re-integration of bone alignment.  Correcting posture in a holistic way positively affects digestion, height, and core integrity. 

Chad Garner has been a Practitioner of Structural Integration for 18 years, helping children and adults stand taller and move with ease and balance.  He moved to Highlands in 2002 with his wife and business partner.  They offer private sessions, mentorship and retreats for both clients and therapists wanting to achieve their greatest potential.  For more info, contact Chad at rolfmethodsi.com.