What really is the correct spinal posture? I've gotten this question many times from my students and clients alike. The answer hinges on what you're going to use it for. In day to day movements, martial art practice, and I would argue for the same in massage practice, it is to lift from the crown sink from the sacrum. Straightening out the spine and expanding it in order to grant space in the vertebrae and take pressure off of any one point on the spine, as illustrated below.
Why train in the martial arts? We all have our reasons. Some of us enjoy various aspects of our practice, self-defense, health benefits, or possibly something more... character, confidence, psychological poise. Relaxation... the list can go on and on. The reason I train in martial arts is because to me the martial arts are metaphors for life! A way to shift personal perception, to push past and grow beyond our hardships.
We all have hardships in life, I'm going through some hard times right now with my grandmother being ill. My grandmother, who I call Mame, is my mom. My godparents and Mame have raised me into adulthood. They've given me a very solid foundation in many things, and as I got older I've used these skills and created myself into who I am today.
As we grow we pick and choose what we want in our life... Like Mame always said,
Daniel R. Hyde
Licensed Massage Therapist
OIF, OEF Veteran
U.S. Marine Corps
Kwan Ying Do Kung Fu
Tai Chi Chuan
Tui Na, Chinese Massage
Shiatsu, Japanese Massage