tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye
the last article we introduced you to a quote by Roger Sperry, the medical
Nobel Prize winner in 1981 for his work on brain research. For those who
missed it here it is again.
than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating
the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted
a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing."
applies when a person has perfect posture, more technically known as the
Physiologically Efficient Posture. When the posture is less than perfect
even more than the 90% output is used for keeping you upright. That means
there is less for everything else.
What is the Physiologically
is a shorthand way for describing a body in which all of its many parts
are in the correct relationship to gravity and to all of its other parts.
It is in this position that the body works most efficiently. That is,
it uses the least amount of resources at its disposal to maintain itself
as it should do.
But what does it
if you stood a person in front of a plumb line it would bisect them evenly
in two, left to right, and their shoulders and hips would be level and
parallel. Side on, the plumb line would fall through the middle of their
ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle, and the body would show smooth and
regular curves; much like in the diagram below.
If we look again at the quote from Roger Sperry we can see that just under
10% (let's call it 10% from here on in) of the total output of the brain
is used for thinking, metabolism and healing.
Just think about that for a minute. 90% of the total output of the central
nervous system is used for keeping our bodies upright in the gravitational
field and only 10% for everything else.
Only 10% of the output of our central nervous system is available for
digesting our food, making new body parts, composing symphonies, being
good at sums, restoring, renewing and repairing ourselves, loving our
families and friends, being creative, reading this page, and in fact any
other activity you can possibly think about!
Obviously we need to keep that 10% working so that we can reach our full
potential in life.
What happens if we are not in the Physiologically Efficient Posture? I'm
sure you're ahead of me already. The body will recruit as much of the
remaining 10% it needs to offset the increased drain on the system that
is incurred when the body needs more resources to stand upright.
That means even less of the remaining 10% is available for everything
else, or, as Roger Sperry says in the opening quote,
more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for
thinking, metabolism and healing."
for optimum thinking, metabolism and healing we need to keep the body
in its Physiologically Efficient Posture.
to regain good posture.
If you want to help yourself to get back to a better posture you can use
a technique called the supra-sternal lift. The supra-sternal notch is
the little hollow between your collar bones. If you lift that hollow upwards
then the rest of the body will magically fall into the Physiologically
If you find you can't maintain the supra-sternal lift of if your body
has been distorted for a long time you may need professional help in the
first instance. If you do, contact us at the Ishta Centre about having
some Spinal Touch, a gentle technique which will correct your posture.