Common Sense Posture
For uncommon results.
If you are able & as you are able, experiment for yourself, on yourself, using your own circle of senses. Notice what effect your five senses have on your posture. It might be handy to have a mint, or such, before starting this activity.
SKILL SET: Circle of Senses by Julie Pauls, PhD, PT
Working from 11 o’clock (eye) around the circle to 9 o’clock (nose) to boost activity in your sense of sight, sound, taste, touch & smell using the following prompts:
Eyes Have It. Lower your sight down towards the ground without moving your head. Let eye lids close for a good bit. Open your eyes & let sight widen out, peripherally, as you raise your gaze to the level of the horizon. Again, mostly just moving your eyes, without moving head, if possible. Then let it go.
Ear, Ear. Keeping your gaze forward, and thinking about either your right or left ear, use one ear to be the lead as you slowly pivot your head towards a sound. Try with opposite ear.
Taste Test. Notice the minty (or what works for you) taste in your mouth. Gently take the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth & make a clicking noise. Like the noise you might make to try to get the attention of a horse.
Touchy Feely. Take a fingertip to the little “divot” behind your ear. Nod gently & notice how high up your head rests on the top of your spine.
Nose Knows. After a typical breath in, on your exhale, see if you can sense the passage of air out your nostrils &/or mouth. If the exhale is a bit longer, but not too long, see if, on your next natural inhale, you sense any movement in your rib cage.
Notice what you notice & go on about your day. Proprioception, your lesser known “6th” sense, is also in play.
See Blog, Living Hand to Mouth, for more information.
Julie Pauls 4 ATLAS Posture®