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Do You Know the Secret to Boosting You Immune System? (Part 1)

Posture is the key

When we talk about “immune boosters,” an important one usually gets left out: good posture.  Having good structure and healthy connective tissue helps keep you well. How efficiently your body is organized and in alignment with gravity directly impacts your health and immune system.

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Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating thephysical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing [the immune system].
Dr. Roger Sperry, 1980 Nobel Prize for Brain Research

You may not realize how much effort you are exerting to “hold yourself up” and move. You gradually accumulate more stress and tension and it builds so slowly that you don’t consciously experience its full impact. Plus, everyone around us is doing the same thing, so your experience of “getting old” seems normal. But the resources that go to standing and walking incorrectly can deplete immune resources.

Fascia is the organ of stress and aging

The father of stress research and the author of Stress of Life, Hans Selye, MD, stated “the beginning of the disease process starts with posture distortion.” He went on to say that fascia, the connective tissue that holds our muscles, organs, and essentially the entire body together, is the organ system that becomes the organ of stress.

As stress and trauma accumulate in your body and in your life, your posture is inevitably affected by the tightness that stress and trauma cause. It’s as if your “fascial suit” shrinks, causing your skeleton and posture to distort. A body that felt young and moved with grace becomes one that feels old and moves with limitations. Inside that body your organs’ functions are diminishing because of the structural restrictions.

More than 20 years ago, I took one of the first classes the French physician Jean-Pierre Barral taught to Rolfers, physical therapists and physicians. His patients and the subsequent research proved that an organ that has a structural or fascial restriction will not perform at its highest level. Just like a scar on skin reduces its elasticity, facial tightness constricts an organ’s function.

Next week, Owen will discuss the good news about what you can do to prevent fascial restriction challenging your posture and your health and how you can recover from it once it begins.

Owen Marcus, MA Certified Advance Rolfer, 30 yrs experience, www.align.org, call if you have questions – 265.8440. This article and many more health and wellness articles are at the blog: www.sandpointwellnesscouncil.com. Go to the blog to ask questions or add your comments on any article.

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