I received a copy of “Healthy Posture for Babies and Children” ($18.95 value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
Babies and toddlers develop naturally healthy alignment by moving in instinctive ways. Their posture is easy and relaxed, founded on correct pelvic positioning and deep core muscles to hold their bodies upright. Yet, as evidenced by the slouching epidemic seen in school-age children, most kids lose this natural alignment early in life, often due to an over reliance on strollers, baby seats, and bucket-style carriers during infancy and the reluctance to put babies on their bellies because of widespread fear of SIDS.
In this richly illustrated manual for parents, teachers, and kids themselves, movement educator and researcher Kathleen Porter explains how to relearn natural alignment with a simple movement routine that “reminds” the body of its natural patterns. Detailing the principles of natural alignment in accessible ways to share with children, she also explores research on the importance of “tummy time” and how the movement patterns present at birth act as an engine that activates neural pathways to key areas of the brain. In this way, movement plays an essential role in the development of a fully functioning nervous system, coordinated muscle tone, and a strong, internal core that stabilizes the spine and prepares the baby for the soon-to-be-acquired upright position. The author explains how many children who struggle with a growing number of neurodevelopmental challenges, including autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD, also exhibit poor muscle tone, lack of core development, and difficulties with balance and coordination.
With a multitude of easy-to-follow principles and exercises—far more fun and effective than the futile mantra of “sit up straight”—Kathleen Porter provides a detailed road map for parents, teachers, and health professionals to learn how to guide children back to their natural posture by inhabiting their bodies mindfully for a lifetime of easy movement, strength, and energetic vitality—the hallmarks of enduring good health.
This book was an eye opener regarding how life evolves and changes and how most parents don’t realize how healthy posture is the potential for many childhood problems…including myself. What really got me off the bat was how the author showed class photos from the 1950s and 1960s and class photos today. Amazing back in the day…everyone sat in chairs and sat proper or stood up straight of what might seem stiff in today’s standards, but their bodies were supported by aligned bones. Today’s photos show kids sitting on the ground or floor and slumped over with misaligned bones that are incapable of providing structural support for a healthy body. Truthfully, this is something we really even think about until someone brings it up in front of us.
Porter does a great job informing her readers that maybe all this technology to helping our little ones become more advance in sitting, walking, ready, understanding, etc really in the long run maybe not helping them at all. All in all, great read for all parents!
Healthy Posture for Babies and Children can be purchased at Amazon.
More About the Author
Kathleen Porter is the director of the Center for Natural Alignment in Portland, Oregon. She offers programs for people with posture-related pain and for children and teachers in classrooms. Featured on the popular health website Mercola.com, she has taught principles of natural alignment at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. The author of Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living, she lives in Portland, Oregon. http://www.naturalposturesolutions.com/