Can improving your posture be the secret to finding love?

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Some time ago I had a new patient come in to see me for help with her posture and neck pain. She had recently moved to the city to start fresh and hopefully meet her soulmate. I don’t know if she knew that both goals of improving her posture and falling in love were so closely linked. After the treatment, I recommended that she see me in a weeks time to follow up and assess how she responded to treatment. Unfortunately with my busy schedule it was 5 weeks until I saw her again. I asked her how she had responded to the first visit and she commented that she was sore for 2 days but then hasn’t had any pain at all since. Her posture was noticeably improved and she seemed happy. I inquired about her dating life and her eyes lit up. She told me that ‘things are so different here. I have so many guys interested in me. I’ve never had this kind of reaction before.” She then told me about her experience at a upscale downtown club and how a very attractive man approached her in a sea of beautiful women and asked if she was single. He took her number and proceeded to ask her out and they found a connection. She told me that she felt like she got her mojo back and she was really enjoying herself and this new found self-confidence.

While there are so many factors to account for this new found sense of self, improved posture certainly played a part in the magnetic attraction she was exuding. Not only do men find women [and vice versa] with better posture more attractive, when you have improved posture you genuinely feel more confident. This is because your body produces more testosterone - which is the hormone associated with confidence - when you are in a more upright open posture. It also sends out the right body language indicating that you are open to opportunity.  Opportunity to attract the love of your life or even great  work and life opportunities.

And honestly when you improve your posture you just look better too. Since we tend to be quite a superficial society, looks do matter. Improving your posture won’t make you look like a different person, it will just make you look like the best version of yourself. Which is great because why would you want to look like anyone else.

Home & Family | Easy Head To Toe Exercises to Improve Your Posture

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I joined Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family to share the effect that poor posture can have on your health and 4 easy exercises you can do to improve your posture. Watch the segment below for a head to toe fix that will not only leave you feeling better but looking better!

p.s. I’m wearing the dr. Liza pump

Balance Your Way To Better Posture

Better balance can not only help strengthen your core and prevent injury, it can also improve your posture from the foot up. When you are balancing on one foot [bare foot or in your dr. Liza shoes] you’re actually strengthening the muscles in your foot. This will lift you up and make you stand up taller. It will also mean less foot, knee, hip and back pain and better posture. Strengthening your core with these balancing poses can also help correct the dreaded hunched forward posture that can be caused by too much sitting.

WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE

5 Easy Exercises To Improve Your Posture At Any Age

Here are five easy exercises you can do to improve your posture at any age:

 

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1) Pectoral stretch: Interlock your hands behind your back, keeping your arms straight while pulling your hands down towards to ground. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold for five seconds while keeping your body in an upright position. You should feel a comfortable stretch through your chest. Do this several times each day.

What it does: By releasing tight pectoral muscles, the shoulders will visibly drop and move backward, combatting the rounded hunch effect that can happen with poor posture. With this exercise you are not only stretching your chest muscles that can pull you in, you are strengthening your back muscles that will help hold you in a more upright position.

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2)  Thoracic extension:  Stand or sit in a chair and clasp both hands behind your head. Gently arch backward, squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold for five seconds. You should feel a comfortable stretch through your chest. Do this several times each day.

What it does: This reduces hunching in the middle back and opens up the chest. This can help to alleviate neck and upper back pain and will help correct a slouched forward posture.

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3) Pelvis tilt: Lie down with your back on the floor, knees bent and feet planted on the ground. Put one hand behind the small of your back. Tilt your pelvis so that you squish your hand into the floor. Hold this for five seconds to complete a pelvic tilt. After practicing this movement while lying on the ground, try doing it standing.

What it does: Often a result of too much sitting, tight hip flexor muscles cause your pelvis to tilt forward and cause you to bend forward. When you have tight hip flexors you will find it hard to straighten up and will likely suffer from back pain. This little exercise helps to bring your pelvis (and stomach!) back into alignment and also reduces back pain by engaging your core and pelvic muscles.

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4) Back bends: Stand with your feet planted firmly on the ground and your hands behind your hips for support. Look up to the ceiling and take a deep breath in. As you exhale, slowly and gently bend backwards to the point where you can maintain your balance. Take a few breaths while you’re in the back bend, then slowly come back up to standing. As you feel more comfortable with this exercise you can bring your arms overhead while you bend.

What it does: This is an ideal exercise to do every time you get up from a seated position. It takes pressure off your spine, which reduces lower back pain, while also improving a hunched appearance. Looking up to the ceiling corrects misaligned forward head posture too, making you look longer and leaner and relieving neck pain.

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5) Hamstring stretch: While standing, place one leg on a chair directly in front of you. The standing leg and the leg on the chair should both be straight and your hips should point forward. Slowly bend forward until you feel a stretch at the back of your leg. Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

What it does: Tight hamstrings are one of the main culprits of slouching because they cause your pelvis to tilt backward. By elongating the hamstrings you will instantly look and feel taller.

Extra tip: In addition to these five posture fixes, try to get up from a seated position at least every 45 minutes for a stretch or quick walk.

 

5 Easy Exercises to Improve Your Kids Posture

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It's a 21st-century reality that kids as young as 4 and 5 are developing poor posture due to too much time using tech. I visited CTV Morning Live Calgary with my sweethear to share some tips and tricks for getting your little ones to create good posture habits from the start.

Cosmetic Myofascial Release: A Case Study

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This beautiful patient came in with a history of back pain that had altered her posture. These postural alterations resulted in changes to her physical appearance that she was not happy with. After 3 treatments combining the tummy tuck and anti-gravity proprietary protocols she looks 5-10 lbs slimmer, an inch taller and several years younger than when she first came in. Her back pain is also significantly reduced and for the first time in years  she has been able to sleep through the night.

Flatten your stomach | the tummy tuck

When your pelvis is tilted forward due to tight hip flexors, this can make your stomach stick out giving you the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Normalizing your pelvic tilt will cause your stomach to be flatter and look more toned. This treatment can also help to reduce bloating and appearance of abdominal fat rolls.

Look taller and younger | the anti-gravity

Firstly, when you slouch you appear significantly shorter and older than your actual height and age. By improving your posture with a tailored treatment protocol you can look taller and younger, achieving up to an extra 2 inches in height.

The University of Louisville conducted a research study, where 60 people were asked to rate the appearance of two women in a series of pictures - in some they were slumping, in others they were standing up straight. Study participants consistently rated the women who were standing up straight to be younger and more attractive.

So not only will you look better with Cosmetic Myofascial release but your body will also feel and function better.