Misalignment causes many of your muscular tensions and pains within our body during static postures like standing and sitting.
Misalignment and muscular imbalances also contribute to lower performance, make results harder to get and increase your chances of injury.
The relationship between misalignment and pain exists in spiritual, mental, emotional and physical aspects of life, which we’ll discuss in other courses.
Personal awareness and understanding of a neutral position is necessary for you to recognize misalignment and muscular imbalances.
The video lesson at the end of this post helps you see how neutral position, misalignment, and muscular imbalances are part of the same puzzle. Watch it for more clarity.
Your body has an intrinsic neutral position in both static postures like standing and sitting as well as dynamic motions.
Within that neutral position, your body is efficient, which means you spend the least amount of energy to get the most results without so much tension, pain and injury.
When your body moves away from its intrinsic neutral position, it begins to draw more of your energy to compensate for misalignment, and it spends additional energy to return to its neutral position.
Energy begins to leak through misalignment and cause damage that you first feel in the form of tension, and then pain followed by injury and disease.
I use a rod as a training tool in this video lesson that has an intrinsic neutral position of vertical and straight. Your body is not like that. Your body in its neutral position has curves and contours you need to retain through balancing tensions.
The rod I use for demonstration has a spring attached at the bottom that allows it to move in all directions. In the neutral position, that spring spends the least amount of energy to keep the rod in its aligned vertical position.
The first elastic bands I use shows one directional tension.
Increasing the tension in that band pulls the rod in my direction. The rod moves toward me only when the tension in the band becomes greater than the tension of the spring at the bottom.
This is what we do in life when we base all our actions on stress and tension. We allow the greater tensions to move us without ever enjoying the benefits of relaxation and balance.
In the misaligned position created, the elastic band spends energy fighting against the spring at the bottom to keep the rod away from its neutral position. The spring at the bottom fights back to bring the rod to its intrinsic neutral position.
When you relax the tension in the band, the rod returns to its natural neutral position and the spring at the bottom and the elastic band no longer spend unproductive energy.
Your ability to relax tension allows your body to return to its intrinsic neutral position. Inability to recognize, understand and relax tension wastes your energy.
Your body has more than two tension lines.
In the video, Maryam also has an elastic band that has higher tension that the one I am holding.
When we pull simultaneously, the rod moves toward Maryam and away from its neutral position. In the new misaligned position created, there is excessive tension on Maryam’s side, on my side and the spring at the bottom of the rod.
All the energy you spend holding these tensions only keep the rod from its intrinsically neutral position. This is an example of a lot of struggles just to retain an out of balance and harmful positions that are not even natural for us.
When you (Soul), your mind, your emotions or your physical body are in misaligned position, you get exhausted faster, you feel tightness, pain, and your performance drops. Not to mention the increased susceptibility to injury and disease.
In this case, it wouldn’t matter what I do at my side, the rod is going to remain off center because the tension in the band Maryam is holding is the strongest force in this misalignment.
If I started pulling at my end without releasing the tension in Maryam side, I stress both areas and cause injury. In many cases, the injury is not completely treated, and your body heals in a misaligned position that leads to additional injuries.
In functional training and holistic corrective exercises the first steps to healing are increasing self-awareness followed by increasing neuromuscular control. Strengthening the sense of proprioception to know how our body is located in space in reference to its intrinsic neutral position is next.
During this process, you begin releasing tensions that keep you, your mind, your emotions and your body away from a neutral position. The highest priority goes to the area that creates the most misalignment in reference to your goal.
In the example in this video, the band Maryam is holding creates the most tension and needs to be released first. Then you move to the other areas that create tension, which, in this case, is the band I am holding.
Your main objective is to reach your intrinsically neutral position and move from there without additional unnecessary tensions.
This is one way to describe freedom of motion without stress or pain.
After you release unnecessary and unproductive tensions, that keep you away from your intrinsic neutral position you focus on increasing strengths in the areas you need. All these steps are in relation to your goals.
To summarize, the steps in this lesson were.
First, increase your awareness to recognize your intrinsic neutral position.
Second, release the tensions that keep you away from your natural neutral position beginning with the ones with the highest impact and continue until all the tension lines are balanced.
Third, increase your strength in areas that help you hold your neutral position in static postures and dynamic motions related to your goals.
Watch the video below for more clarity.