Ageless Spine, Lasting Health: The Open Secret to Pain-Free Living and Comfortable Aging

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Ageless Spine, Lasting Health clearly illustrates just how the body is designed to really work and what true fitness and graceful aging can look like when you simply sit, stand, bend, walk, lift, reach and even sleep in a natural way. Genuine, natural strength is not about "developed" muscles, as almost all of us have come to believe, but is a natural interplay between elastic muscles and aligned bones. It's more about "working in" rather than "working out," and this book will ...
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Overview


Ageless Spine, Lasting Health clearly illustrates just how the body is designed to really work and what true fitness and graceful aging can look like when you simply sit, stand, bend, walk, lift, reach and even sleep in a natural way. Genuine, natural strength is not about "developed" muscles, as almost all of us have come to believe, but is a natural interplay between elastic muscles and aligned bones. It's more about "working in" rather than "working out," and this book will show you how.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933538402
  • Publisher: Synergy Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Kathleen Porter is a movement educator who offers classes and workshops in how to align one's bones. Many of the photographs for this book were taken during her travels in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Portugal. She lives in Hilo, Hawaii.
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Table of Contents

Part I – A Body of Knowledge

Chapter One – The Shape We’re In
Chapter Two – Design for Life
Chapter Three – Amazing Grace
Chapter Four – Architecture in Flesh and Bone
Chapter Five – Three Wheels of Alignment
Chapter Six – Breathing Life into Structure
Chapter Seven – Meet Your Feet
Chapter Eight – Pregnant with Possibilities
Chapter Nine – Our Children in Peril
Chapter Ten – Working Out or Working in?
Chapter Eleven – Implications for Health
Chapter Twelve – Beyond the Physical

Part II – A Self-Guided Tour

Putting Alignment Into Practice
Exploration #1 Locating the Pelvic Landmarks
Exploration #2 Ringing the Pelvic Bell
Exploration #3 Standing Exploration
Exploration #4 Establishing Your Solid Seat
Exploration #5 Relaxing The Belly
Exploration #6 Connecting the Dots
Ringing the Rib Cage Bell
Exploration #7 Home Base for the Rib Cage
Exploration #8 Finding Length thru the Spine
Exploration #9 Shoulder Rolls
Exploration #10 A Good Head on Those Shoulders
Goose Neck
Open Your Eyes
Exploration #11 Standing Solidly on Two Feet
Foot Scoops
Exploration #12 Breathing Free
Let Go to Breathe

Part III – Putting It All Together

Down to Basics
How to Sit
How to Stand
How to Walk
How to Bend
Bending to Sit
Getting Up From a Chair
Sitting to Meditate
How to Sit for Meditation
Sleeping and Resting On Your Back
Lying on Your Side

A Few Parting Thoughts

List of Illustrations

Endnotes

Appendix

Index

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    You will be glad you read this book

    This book shows how the human body is designed to work, and how real fitness can come from standing, sitting and walking in a more natural way. The answer will not be found in developed muscles, but in muscles and properly aligned bones working together the "right" way.

    Everyone has seen pictures of women in Africa and Asia carrying improbably large bundles on their heads, with seemingly no trouble at all. How do they do it? Having developed muscles is not the answer. They can do it because their spines, and the rest of their bodies, are in natural and proper alignment. Any structure, whether it is an arch, a building or a human skeleton, can carry a lot more weight when it is properly aligned than when it is not properly aligned. The book includes plenty of photos of aligned, and mis-aligned, skeletons.

    The Western conception of fitness (the more developed muscles, the better) is actually bad for the body. For instance, strong rectus abdominis muscles, or "abs," are supposedly necessary to support the back, and they must be firm in order to be considered attractive. Cultural standards, to which all must conform, frequently have little to do with what is healthy or natural. Actually, relaxed "abs" allow the bones of the spine, sacrum and pelvis to naturally align to each other, and let the deeper transversus abdominis, or "corset" muscle, provide the required support.

    The book also includes exercises, with pictures, showing how to sit, stand and walk so that your body's alignment will start to return to normal (didn't know you were doing it wrong, did you?). Realigning your body, and getting rid of your bad habits, will not be quick or easy, but it will help, even if you don't have any acute pain.

    If the medical profession can only suggest a long and expensive course of treatment, you owe it to yourself to read this book, and try the exercises first. You will be glad that you did.

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