Pilates and Posture
Posture is the internal balance of all body systems, expressed in the structure of the human body.
We come to this light soft, elastic, very sensitive and responsive to any impact of both the external environment and the internal state. Mothers give us food, care, love and the possibility of survival in this world, not adapted for defenseless open creatures. A world where, from birth, we face the challenges of the environment and society. In a world where we are gradually growing up and growing in obligations and responsibilities. Where it is necessary to survive, take care of your safety, feed yourself and your family, meet the expectations of the society you belong to, and fulfill your duty. Where often it is necessary to show rigidity of character, to be able to defend our interests and those of those who are dear to us.
Over time, we acquire degrees of rigidity both physically and mentally. In childhood, the body is soft, filled with elastin and collagen. In a newborn baby, in the first days of life, bone structures prevail only in the diaphysis of the tubular bones of the limbs, can you imagine? And the rest of the structures are tissues and cartilage. Developing and growing, our bones become denser, stronger, richer salts of calcium and phosphorus. Muscles are actively developing. We grow and increase the range of our abilities, learn new things and gradually adapt to the increasing load. By the age of 20-25 years, our musculoskeletal system is fully shaping itself. What happens next? And what does it all depend on? Genes? Ecology? Nutrition? Stress? Is it possible to change something if everything is already formed?
We will try to answer these questions.
Thomas Myers in his book “Anatomical Trains” writes that if we represent our entire body as a unity of systems, we can distinguish three integral systems in our body:
Fluid (circulatory) network;
Fiber (fascial) network.
“And where are the bones and muscles?” – you ask.
Bones and muscles are located within the ubiquitous Fiber Fascial Network and are part of it. They are regulated by the neural network, powered and updated by the liquid network.
Myers writes: “The bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments are filled with thick fluid fiber, and the areas around each joint are especially well represented. Each muscle, each cell and each group of cells inside it is surrounded by fiber “cotton candy” of these fibers. Although this network is organized in complex layers, we want to emphasize that not a single part of this network is distinct or separate from the network as a whole. Each of these bags, strings, planes and dense inner nets is connected with everything else from head to toe. The center of this network can be our mechanical center of gravity, located in the middle of the lower abdomen with vertical posture. A truly bold statement is that, like the neural and vascular networks, the fascial web braids the entire body so much that it is part of the immediate environment of each cell. Without her support, the brain would look like a liquid custard, the liver would spread through the abdominal cavity, and we ourselves would turn into a puddle at our own feet. The binding, strengthening, uniting and separating fascia is absent only in the open lumens of the respiratory and digestive tracts.
We could not single out a single cubic centimeter, not a single gram of flesh, without stumbling upon this network of collagen. With any, even the lightest, touch, we come into contact with this web, noticing it, consciously or unconsciously, and acting on it, even without wanting it. ”
Based on this, it can be assumed that the Fiber Network is the very ubiquitous magic thread that permeates our entire body, binds all the diversity of cells and their families into a single whole, and supports the structure, like a living web in the body. This network is formed even during the period of embryonic development, gradually and constantly degenerates throughout life, adapts, creating the optimal form of the entire structure for the most commonly used positions and movements in everyday life. We are constantly affected by gravity and the reaction force of the support. And our body, in order to save energy on the principle of ergonomics and balance, adjusts structurally to the influence of these forces.