You know those moments that come around every now and then and they change your life and the way you view things completely? This was one of those moments for me in regards to my health and my body.
A couple of weeks ago I took off a few days from my “real job” to do some blog work, website development, and run around on some personal appointments. One of those appointments was a private session with Trichelle Moxley, owner of Pilates Fitness Club here in Virginia Beach. I have been attending Pilates session there 1-2 times per week. I mentioned a few weeks ago in a post about the results I was having and how Pilates was benefitting my running and overall fitness ( see post here ). I figured since the Pilates sessions were working so well, I couldn’t wait to see what the Postural Assessment unveiled. I booked 90 minutes for the appointment. I wore yoga pants, a sports bra, and a t shirt to the appointment. This is important, because Trichelle needs access to all points of the body as she moves from head to toe. The postural assessment/analysis is focused on more than just your posture. I did not share any issues or concerns with my body prior to the analysis as I wanted it to be as unbiased as possible.
A postural analysis should be performed by a qualified practitioner. Trichelle’s list of credentials makes her highly qualified ( ***see credentials below). According to a medical dictionary, a postural analysis is an evaluation performed on a patient’s body/limbs to observe any physical abnormalities. I laid down on the bed level mat and she began her work. Trichelle started at my head. She felt around under hair and neck. Trichelle noticed some tightness and tension from there to my shoulders. This made sense to me as I hold everything in that area. She did some release work on these tight areas. By applying pressure the muscles eased up and began to relax. She then moved down through the abdomen and hip area. This was the most Earth shattering part to me. She immediately noticed my tight hip flexor. When she brought it to my attention, I confessed that my hip flexor was my first ever running injury and seemed to be the root of all my other evils. She had me stand and face myself in the mirror. I could visibly see that one of my hips was an inch or two higher than the other, mind-blowing!!! I laid back down and she began to work her magic on the release work. Trichelle mentioned this may have been one of the highest hip flexors she had ever dealt with. After some deep intense pressure, the muscle began to relax. It was a sensation of “it hurts so good”. I could immediately tell the difference, it was like my body was so grateful. Trichelle then moved down through the legs and feet. She spent a little time their on some minor things and did some more release work. She educated me during the entire process as to what she was doing and why. We finished the appointment with her setting my posture at neutral spine against the wall in a standing position. I held it in place for a few moments so I would the remember feeling. This is how I would need to sit and stand from now on. I left the appointment feeling stretched and completely comfortable, almost as the same sensation after a good massage. Due to the heavy amount of work Trichelle performed, there was a risk of feeling sick from the releasing of all the toxins, but I felt great.
I went back a couple days later for a thorough review of what had been accomplished. Trichelle provided me with tips and tools to do the release work at home. She also provided a detailed account from head to toe on paper of my customized results. This would come in handy for any massage therapists or chiropractors I may visit in the future.
The past two weeks I have been standing better, sitting at my desk better, running better and engaging all my muscles better. This is a MUST for anyone at any age. The information and take aways from this have been life changing. I was able to implement the changes right away. Don’t be in pain anymore, learn why your body functions the way it does and what you can do to combat it.
I highly recommend EVERYONE having a postural analysis performed on them. You will feel better and chances are, you will look better because you will carry yourself completely different.
***BS Psychology with concentrated studies in Exercise Science . Virginia Tech
Certified Personal Trainer . NASM
Postural Assessment Continuing Education Units (over 100hours) . through Mark LaPonte, Medical Exercise Specialist
Certified Childbirth Educator . CEA San Diego
Certified Yoga Teacher . YogaWell with Kathy Lee Kappmeier
Certified Pilates Teacher . Pure Energy Health & Wellness with Christopher Moxley
Nutritional Studies for over 14 years . Dr. Cliff Oliver