Most of us take the acts of sitting, standing, and walking for granted, but for those suffering from back, muscle, and joint pain, even these seemingly simple actions can be extremely uncomfortable. Poor body alignment or habitual movement patterns that crop up when we compensate for a bad back or painful neck can only further exacerbate existing issues—and create new problems.
In this accessible workbook, Craig Williamson demonstrates how by just doing these three basic actions with optimal body alignment and attention, you can help free yourself from existing pain and prevent further injury. The protocol is simple but extremely effective, and step-by-step photos guide you through every exercise. Williamson’s approach has been praised by physicians, physical therapists, coaches and sports trainers, yoga instructors, and patients.
Informative and easy to comprehend, the exercises included are simple to do. There are step-by-step photos, which I find them helpful.
I like that Williamson shares a little about how our mind and psyche are not separate from our body. Body pain may sometimes carry messages about some of the thoughts and/ or feelings that we have repressed and until we become aware of what’s really going on and choose to do something about it, the pain may never completely go away.
After going through the book, I’m now paying a lot more attention to the way I sit. I have come to recognize some of the unhealthy habitual patterns that I have – I tend to carry my head far too forward while I’m reading and typing on my keyboard – no wonder my neck hurts and my back feels strained. Through doing some of the exercises, I relearn how to carry my head and stop slouching too much when I hold a heavy book while reading. Since I’ve gained some good insights and benefits from the book, I thought I’d share it here even though this is not the type of books that I usually talk about on the blog.
If you have to sit or stand a lot during waking hours, this book may help you learn to carry your body in a way that helps you regain your kinesthetic awareness. You may find it a lot easier to go through your day when your body feels naturally relaxed and pain-free.