Mind Body Green
I've Had Bad Posture My Entire Life. Here's What Finally Helped Me Stand Up Straight
Massages help even more. One thing I hadn't spent enough time thinking about was how much the persistent knots in my neck and shoulders were holding me back from good posture. But when my colleague Lindsay (who has excellent posture, I might add) pointed out that massage could be worth a try, I started getting regular massages from the in-home massage service Zeel and wracked every massage therapist's brain for tips on opening up my back and shoulders. "Massage helps bring increased circulation to the muscles that support the spine and assists to relax and lengthen muscles," explained Jenn Grigg, community manager for massage therapists at Zeel. "Relaxed muscles can also reduce pressure on sensitive nerves caused by misalignment, thus alleviating tension and pain caused by structural imbalances. Regular massage encourages balance in your body and helps create the space to move in a more natural, healthy, and free-flowing way." I found that massages seemed to make everything just a little easier: My backbends in yoga class were suddenly happening more easily, and I found it much easier to stand up and sit up straight in everyday life. In fact, just a month into regular massages, I found I was standing up straight without putting any thought into it at all. That was a first for me! Out of all the things I did for my posture, getting regular massages from people who really knew what they were doing was by far the most transformative.