Section: The Back
Leg Tilt
Movement Lesson 9, from The Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement.

1. With your arms and legs long at your side, feel your contact with the floor. Take a guess: of the entire surface of the back of your body, head to heels, what percentage is touching the floor right now? Now imagine you're lying on a balance beam that is along your spine, dividing you into two halves. If you started to fall, to which side do you feel you would roll off the beam? You might find that your pelvis would roll in one direction while your head and chest would roll in the other. If there were an emergency, and you had to roll out of the way as fast as possible, to which side do you imagine you would roll automatically?

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Skeletal Awareness Can Help You Be More Comfortable Throughout the Day
The following experiment will help you experience how the position of your feet can affect the comfort of your back, even while sitting.

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Sitting Comfortably
Many people have the idea that the pelvis should be "vertical" to have proper posture for sitting. This means that the sacrum, or the back of the pelvis, is at roughly a ninety-degree angle to a flat chair seat, with the "bowl" of the pelvis neither tipping forward nor backward. There are ways to use our pelvis more effectively when sitting, so that we can stay comfortable for longer periods of time, and for moving while sitting, in activities such as computing, driving, visiting with friends, reading, writing, and eating, to name just a few. The short lesson in this article will begin with a vertical pelvis, and then explore another alternative. This experiment should take about ten minutes or less. If you start to get tired or sore, of course, stop and rest immediately.

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The Difference that Makes a Difference
Sixty-nine year old Lisa Crandall had back problems for years. Since the late 60's she did yoga off and on. "When I hurt I did it -- busy or not -- and if I felt good, I didn't. When I really got into trouble it was a trip to the chiropractor."

After nothing seemed to work, her doctor sent her to an orthopedic neurosurgeon.

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