Perfecting Your Posture

I’m learning a lot about how my body works while I am recovering from my injury. I will share more later, but one really important thing I am working on is my posture – not necessarily while I am dancing, but while I am relaxing. Of course, you’d think that a ballerina would have fabulous posture, but for me, it is the exact opposite. My shoulders are always slumped, and my neck is always craned forward.

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Accounting for my use of phones and computers, it makes sense that my neck is an issue. A goal I am working on right now is thinking hard about keeping my head “tucked in.” To do this, I picture a straight line running from the back of my head down my spine, without my neck curving forward like it normally does. Another way to picture this is envisioning a finger poking your nose back into that line. At first, this felt really funny, like my chin was tucked downwards, but it feels a lot more natural now. The main idea is to lengthen your neck, and as a result, your spine. After applying this correction, my chest feels a lot more open and my shoulders don’t slump!

Since I am a dancer, having good posture is essential in the way I present myself, displaying both grace and confidence.

To see more pictures of what this issue is with my posture, simply Google “forward head posture.”

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