Curiosities about the squatting position
Most people would not consider that”sitting” can pose a health hazard. If you read properly, sit down! It’s such a common and comfortable situation that it’s hard enough to imagine that there might be something wrong with it. In the West, there is a tendency to do almost everything sitting down, eating, working, reading and even going to the bathroom.
Therefore, we go from a brief explanation of how the body responds to long periods of”sitting”.
You head to the office to start another day of work. You sit in your ergonomic chair to start your routine. Immediately your blood pressure drops and your metabolism subtly slows down. Most of the muscles needed to stand, walk, jump, and fill most of your daily actions begin to relax. Your buttocks are deactivated. When you sit comfortably in your chair, your abs – which act as the primary stabilizers – begin to soften.
Most of your body weight is now supported by your buttocks. Centuries ago the bones were continually challenged and forced. This was due to the repeated application of force through the actions of walking, running and standing. Causing the conduction of nutrients in the bone fibers, making them stronger. Today, however, when we sit down, our bones tend to be weaker.
Sitting each and every day at 90 degrees causes the hip flexor muscles to shorten. In addition to this, it forces the spine to adopt an unnatural curvature. It is considered healthy to be sitting for short periods of time. But when it is for longer periods of time, the lower back muscles are involved to assist in supporting the very special posture. The lower column is forced to compress, which was not developed to withstand this situation.
Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. There are many other subtle changes that are generated when sitting over long periods of time. But what’s the downside? We always and always hear about how accommodating the body is, right? Shouldn’t the body’s anatomy be adjusted? A number of scholars claim that this is not the case.
Dr. James Levine, Director of the Mayo Clinic – ASU Obesity Solutions, is renowned for his recent statement:”Sitting down is worse than smoking. And it turns out he’s not the only one who thinks this. Many scholars have found the direct relationship between prolonged sitting and certain illnesses. Like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even multiple types of cancer.
It seems time to reconsider this supposedly natural position and look for a better alternative option.
Squatting’ is a position that caught the attention of those who seek to prevent or reverse diseases related to’sitting’. This is nothing new, in fact many ethnic groups have been using squatting for centuries. Although in the West this is not the case, better late than never!
Without further ado, let’s take a look at what it’s like to squat.
The benefits of sitting on a squatting position
Regular squatting is the best way to prevent or even reverse the damage described above.
Anatomically, the situation causes the lower back to stretch, decompressing the spine and releasing the hips. Body weight is distributed more evenly in this situation, preventing the accumulation of stress at certain points.
Joints and muscles no longer undergo gradual hardening. Letting the body remain balanced The final results? Increased mobility, so you should consider this an investment in your future.
The posture also gives plenty of benefits if you practice it while going to the bathroom. The squatting situation fundamentally suppresses the dislocations in the colon that usually occur when the usual toilet is used. This allows the colon to evacuate absolutely and with much less care.
Diseases such as hemorrhoids, diverticula, or even colon cancer are only certain diseases that can be prevented by squatting when you go to the bathroom.
Depending on your spiritual perception you can also try a number of benefits. In Chinese medicine, tension in the muscles and ligaments is thought to prevent the flow of”chi” or”life force” from the entire body. And by suppressing this tension, the flow of chi can be released and the body can be assisted to return to perfect health.
It is also thought that the squatting situation can help you to be more grounded. Those who are familiar with the body’s chakra system will know that the body’s first energy center is at the base of the spine near the perineum. Known for his ability to connect us to the Earth’s energy field. It is thought that if you squat down you can progress this transfer of energy. And what is the result? An endless amount of energy to be used by the body for healing and restoration.
The technique for the squatting situation
Here are a few steps to take, which will help you squat down and get the most out of it!
- Step 1: The first step starts in your wardrobe. This may sound strange but you can relate to it quickly. Make sure you have short or baggy pants. On the squatting planet there are few things more frustrating than feeling limited. This is essential if you plan to squat for a long period of time.
- Step 2: Place your feet subtly apart at the width of your hips. At first it is quite possible that the situation will be more comfortable with a more extensive posture. Over time you may be able to limit your posture so that your feet can practically be found. This is going to take time, so be patient.
- Step 3: Make sure you have someone or something you can keep if you fall at first.
- Step 4: Slowly get down to the squatting situation. The idea is to keep your feet firmly on the ground until you get the whole situation. If you can’t reach the ground with your heels, simply put a folded towel on your heels. Move your thighs and knees to the sides of the log.
- Step 5: You should make this experience part of your daily routine, just two minutes a day. Some may even feel inspired to squat down at some point while working. It is also a great opportunity to meditate and focus on your body.
There is not only satisfaction to be gained by spending time on your health, well-being and personal development.