I’ve never interviewed anyone before. This was fun and easy to do, because Patra Conley is someone I already know, and she loves to talk and share her thoughts and ideas, and she has a great sense of humor. Best of all, she is as big a fan of natural alignment as I am, having reaped many benefits from learning how to apply this to her own life.
Patra was living and working on the Big Island of Hawai'i when she had to stop working due to the pain she was experiencing in her neck and shoulders. She subsequently moved to Portland, Oregon, to explore other work opportunities.
In this episode she tells her story about how learning about principles of natural alignment took her from early 'retirement' back to being able to resume here career as a massage therapist.
After Patra learned principles of natural alignment and began to apply them to how she inhabited her body and moved in the course of her daily activities, big...
Sad dogs tuck their tails between their legs, causing their spines to collapse and their backs to round. Happy dogs, on the other hand, wag their tails behind them, from a position that supports a naturally elongated and supple spine.
Dogs and people have very different anatomical designs, but Kathleen found this one analogy came in very handy when working with children, who could readily understand this concept and apply it easily to themselves.
Episode 2 of AlignNOW breaks down some basic details about the role of the pelvis in supporting an aligned, upright spine, and guides listeners through a step-by-step experience of moving from slouched collapse, to the common over-corrected stance (which so often passes for “good” posture in our part of the world, to the relaxed, comfortable and genuinely strong center that is built in to our human design.
Our society’s beliefs about posture are quite different from the natural posture that all healthy, well-developing babies, everywhere in the world, discover on their own when figuring out how to sit up, stand, and walk. More often than not, those people in the world who never lose the natural alignment that defines healthy posture, are likely to be free of pain, while also enjoying solid, bone deep strength and easy flexibility for a whole lifetime.
In this first episode of AlignNOW, Kathleen Porter introduces the alignment concepts that have defined her own life since she first learned this information nearly twenty-five years ago. She guides each listener through an individual exploration of three distinct ways of inhabiting the body—collapsed, over-corrected, and the relaxed comfort and strength at the center of our physical being.