Yes, people squat the way I am on the right. When you see it, it helps you feel it.
Our body can move in so many ways. The pelvis and spine should not stay neutral through all of them. It’s able to move, round, arch, twist and we want to maintain all those types of movement. That being said when you exercise it’s important to ensure the back is safe, so if your pelvis is supposed to be neutral, it’s important to learn what that feels like. Starting with standing is helpful. Then consider neutral in other types of movement.
Think of a squat. Often when people do a squat they tuck their tailbone between their legs as they bend their knees, but the pelvis should remain neutral. So even when you are doing a big range, full body motion, it’s beneficial to consider what your pelvis is doing and how it’s moving. Ask, how is this large movement affecting my back?
When you walk if you have a tendency to tuck the tailbone under, you may reduce the range of motion in your leg and how your glutes (or butt) can fire to propel you forward. In the United States, many people have a pelvis that is tucked under and a lower back without it’s natural curve. So when in doubt stick it out.
I’ve read articles that state that fitness professions and physical therapists put too much emphasis on posture and alignment. The reality is everyone’s body is different. I’ve worked with people that don’t feel comfortable in what looks like neutral for their body or don’t find relief in what appear to be neutral positions. That’s why it’s important to tell any practitioner you are working with what you feel. We may be experts in our field, but you are the best expert in your body. And no human is made in perfect symmetry, which certainly throws a wrench in the perfect posture game. That being said, it’s not about perfection. It’s about what feels good and finds you relief. It’s about having some control of how your body moves in space. The more you can experiment with your body, the more comfortable you will be in your body. Your neutral may be different than your neighbor’s neutral. Each day the body is a puzzle we have to figure out and experiment with. Play with yours.
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