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Fix Your Posture, Fix Your Pain

It seems that everyone has some sort of chronic pain, that is pain that is there every day.  Often pain comes from the habitual way that we stand, walk or sit in our daily lives.  The way we hold our bodies can be protection mechanisms or stress responses.  I see poor posture much too often while observing people in their daily lives and wish I could help everyone. 

Let's start with three easy posture corrections that you can do now.

  1. Head Position— First off, are you craning your head forward to read this, if so pull your head back.  Try to pull your head back to be more aligned with the rest of your back.  You're in a good position if your ears line up with your shoulders.  Next, level your chin, check yourself in the mirror.  Is your head tipped back or tipped forward.  These two adjustments will take the stress off your neck, and alleviate headaches, neck and shoulder pain.

  2. Shoulder Shrug— Are your shoulders lifted towards your ears?  Give your shoulders a shrug and allow them to relax into a lowered position.  We tend to hold stress in our shoulders, as they tighten and work their way upwards it creates strain in the neck and upper back.  Stress or not, holding your shoulders in this position does not help.

  3. Chest Lift— Is your back rounded to where your chest is sunken?  A rounded or hunched back is not very attractive and not good for your back.  Lift your chest up to a point where your shoulders feel like they are resting comfortably down and back.  Give yourself a chest stretch for those tight pectoral muscles by interlacing your hands behind your back and pulling down and away from your body.  Now take a nice deep breath, doesn't that feel easier?  In a rounded or hunched back position your body isn't able to properly take a full breath.  You should feel more relaxed now.
To break the habit of poor posture, release tension and reduce pain, remember to make these three corrections a few times a day and more often as it feels more comfortable.  It takes strength and flexibility to hold these positions if your body is not used to it.  After a while it will feel more natural and habitual.  As an added bonus you'll look taller and more confident.  Make an appointment with Sheri for a posture assessment and an individualized program to help you sit, stand and move through life in a comfortable pain-free manner.  And looking marvelous!

Here are few reasons to see a nutritionist: improve exercise performance, have healthier skin, nails and hair, improve mental clarity, improve digestion and nutrient absorption, and eat in a way to sustain the planet.  Please consider Sheri for nutrition counseling and/or fitness appointments to help you develop a healthier lifestyle.  


Big Win for GMO Labeling
Five of the largest food companies - Campbell's Soup, ConAgra Foods, Kellogg's, General Mills and Mars, Inc. have announced that they will begin labeling foods that contain genetically modified organism (GMOs). This news follows the defeated DARK Act in the Senate. The DARK Act is known as Deny Americans the Right to Know Act. If this legislation had passed, states would have been prohibited from requiring GMO labeling. These companies have stepped up and listened to what citizens want.  Now you can make informed choices with these companies' products.

Sheri is a Certified Nutritionist with a master's degree in nutrition, with over 14 years of clinical counseling experience, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with advanced certifications in medical exercise and health coaching.  All nutrition consultations include exercise guidance, dietary analysis and meal plans to meet your individual lifestyle, calorie and nutritional needs.

Free introductory 15-minute appointments are also available.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri Mar, email:  or call:  206.789.6440

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