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Sitting Better

by Kayleigh Miller

I thought I would initially write a detailed anatomical post about the finer points of sitting.  Frankly, this video demonstrates everything I would want to say, and more.

 

Katy Bowman, a fabulous and interesting lady in the realm of biomechanics, PFD (look it up.  I'm not explaining it.), and general foot well being has made this hilarious video.  The pelvis next to the human illuminates the fundamental basics of sitting-pelvic tilt.  She's demonstrating how posterior pelvic tilt affects upper body alignment, specifically by enhancing rounding in the upper body.

This image from www.clinical-corner.com basically just reinforces this idea.  Wow!  That looks uncomfortable...but we all do it sometimes.  It is also possible to be anterior tilting the pelvic too much, though that's more difficult to do while playing an instrument.

This image from www.clinical-corner.com basically just reinforces this idea.  Wow!  That looks uncomfortable...but we all do it sometimes.  It is also possible to be anterior tilting the pelvic too much, though that's more difficult to do while playing an instrument.

Next time you sit-maybe even now, play around with your pelvic tilt and see how the relationship affects your spine, head, and how you hold your instrument (or play piano or sing or conduct).