Curiosities about the squatting position
Most people would not believe that “sitting” could pose a health hazard. If you read properly, sit down! It’s such a common and comfortable situation that it’s pretty hard to imagine that there could be anything wrong with it. In the West, one tends to do practically everything sitting, eating, working, reading and even going to the bathroom.
Therefore, we go from a brief explanation of how the body responds to prolonged periods of being “seated”.
You’re on your way 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 slows down subtly. Most of the muscles you need to stand, walk, jump and fill most of your actions every day start to relax. Your buttocks are deactivated. When you are sitting comfortably in your chair, your abdominals – which act as the primary stabilizers – begin to soften.
Most of your body weight is now held by your buttocks. Centuries ago 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. However, today when we sit bones tend to be weaker.
Sitting each and every day at ninety degrees causes the hip flexor muscles to shorten. In addition to this, it forces the spinal column to adopt a curvature that is not natural. It is considered healthy to be sitting in short periods of time. But when it is for longer periods, the lower back muscles are involved to assist in holding such a special posture. The lower column is forced to compress, which was not developed to resist 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 at all times hear about how conformable the body is, right? Shouldn’t the anatomy of the body adjust? A body of scholars asserts that this is not the case.
Dr. James Levine, Director of the Mayo Clinic – ASU Obesity Solutions, is renowned for his recent statement: “Sitting 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 sitting over long periods of time and certain illnesses. Like type two diabetes, heart disease and even multiple genders of cancer.
It seems time to reconsider this supposedly natural position and look for a better alternative option.
Squatting is a posture that caught the attention of those seeking to prevent or reverse illnesses related to sitting. This is nothing new, indeed many ethnic groups have used the squatting situation for centuries. Although in the West this is not the case, it is better late than never!
Without further ado, let’s take a look at what it’s like to squat.
The Benefits of Squatting
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. The body weight is distributed more evenly in this situation, preventing the accumulation of burdens at certain points.
Joints and muscles no longer undergo gradual hardening. Letting the body remain balanced The final results? The increase in mobility, so you should regard this as an investment in your future.
The posture also gives abundant benefits if you practice it while going to the bathroom. Squatting 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 if you adopt a squatting position when going 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 impede the flow of “chi” or “life force” throughout the body. And by removing this tension, the flow of “chi” can be released and the body can be assisted to return to an unbeatable state of health.
It is also thought that the squatting situation may assist you in being more connected to the earth. 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 sit squatting you can prosper this transfer of energy. And what is the result? A myriad of energy to be used by the body for healing and restoration.
The technique for the squatting situation
Here are a few steps to follow that will help you squat and get the most out of it!
- Step 1: The first step starts in your wardrobe. This may sound strange, but you’ll be able to relate to it quickly. Make sure you have shorts or loose-fitting 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 from the width of your hips. At first it is very possible that the situation is more comfortable with a more extensive posture. Over time you may be able to limit your posture so that your feet can practically find each other. 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 descend to the squatting situation. The idea is to hold your feet flat on the ground until you get the whole situation. If you don’t reach the ground with your heels, simply put a folded towel on your heels. Remove the thighs and knees by placing them on the sides of the log.
- Step 5: You should make this experience part of your daily routine, just two minutes a day. Certain may even feel inspired to squat at some point while working. It is also a great opportunity to meditate and focus on your body.
There is not only satisfying to devote time to your health, well-being and personal development.