A new Walking Anatomy course taught by Diane Whitacre, Postural Anatomist RT, at The Friendship in Sarasota may be a good first step in that direction. WALKING ANATOMY will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28. Limited to eight participants, the group will meet in the Carter Library at The Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. For more information, call 556.3265.
“Walking every day is preventive care of our most important possession — our body,” Diane says.
A pioneer in the field of postural anatomy, she has studied the anatomy, physics and chemistry of the human body extensively, and taught Postural Anatomy at Stanford University Prevention Research Center. She is writing three books related to this topic. To say she is passionate about it is an understatement.
After a car accident left her with severe injuries, she was desperate to find relief, but traditional approaches didn’t work. She began her own scientific research looking at how the body’s architecture affects nearly every aspect of its ability to function. The answers she found revealed how important the body’s alignment is to optimal function and health.
Postural anatomy is the structural design, development, function and behavior of the human body as it affects pain, systemic health, performance, appearance and postural communication.
While most of us were advised by our parents and grandparents to “stand (or sit) up straight,” we are are oblivious to the effect posture has on our internal organs and overall health. As a result, our bodies go out of alignment, in postural collapse.
“A body in postural collapse suffers abdominal compression, joint pain, imbalance and oxygen desaturation – all can affect our health, performance, appearance and safety,” Whitacre explains.
Many people incorrectly assume their symptoms are related to aging, when improved posture and lifestyle changes could provide relief and restore health.
Walking Anatomy helps correct postural collapse and increases fluid circulation and neural communication to organs, tissues and joints.
“Fuller breathing sends more oxygen to fire cells in our bodies, burns the food fuel we eat and provides our brains with greater mental clarity. Stress levels go down, as we breathe more deeply,” Whitacre says.
“Walking in better body alignment benefits the spine, hip and knee joints, strengthens abdominal muscles and increases hip mobility and balance,” she adds. “You look and feel younger, have greater vitality and more energy – with less chance of injury.