For anyone, it is not that hard to spot dancers. In fact, they are the ones who have elegant postures, beautiful long necks, straight spines, well-positioned heads, and more importantly, they seem to radiate poise and confidence. They appear as though they have a slightly elevated position among the rest of the mortals. If truth to be told, dancers not only look good, but their unique, elegant posture makes them healthier, stronger, confident, and more comfortable and efficient.
If you have a poor alignment posture, you will eventually get you into various troubles. Not only will you look very unconfident, but even your clothes won't hang properly and you will start to feel lousy. If you do not have a strong stomach and back muscle areas like your back, neck, and shoulders are more likely to take strain over time. Sooner or later, your knees ankles, and feet may be added to this equation.
It is true that Alignment and Posture habits that are formed in early life are pretty difficult to correct. However, there are some ways to work on it. One should aim for neutral alignment and it is the best position for your spine to be placed. Just stand straight in front of a mirror and take a good look at the formation of your body. If you have a proper posture, you can notice the following.
- The shoulders and hips of the body are perfectly leveled.
- The head is centered and the ears are leveled too.
- The arms are hung evenly.
- Both the knees are level and your knee caps face forwards
- Both the ankles are centered and none of them roll awkwardly.
Now, you should view yourself from the side as well. Now, your spine should represent a very subtle “S” shape. In this case, you will need the assistance of a friend to observe your physique.
- The lower back of the body should form a gentle forward curve.
- The lower back forms a gentle forward curve
- The knees are naturally straight, but not locked
- The tummy is lifted and not poking outwards
- Shoulders should be in line with your ears
- The head should extend up from the spine naturally without poking forwards (or pulling backward).
Now, you should try to stand against a wall so the back of your head and your buttocks touching the wall. Then, take your heels about three inches away from the bottom of that wall. Make sure to use one hand so you feel the distance between your neck and the wall. After that, the same should be applied to your lower back and the wall. In fact, there should be no more than two or three inches between the neck and the wall. Moreover, the same should be done with your lower back in order to have the correct alignment of the spine.
You should know that alignment and posture are exceptionally important even when you are seated. Be sure that your feet are on the floor in front of you. Also, the chair that you are sitting in should be straight-backed. You can even consider placing a small rolled-up towel placed between the curve of your lower back and the back of the chair to gain proper alignment. Also, when you are sitting, strive for the same elongated position you have when you are standing.
In addition to that, you can wear a good posture corrector to support the proper alignment of the body.