I love this picture. My parents look thrilled here. What is their body language saying?

I love this picture. My parents look thrilled here. What is their body language saying?

Article by Carrie Tyler

Your issues are in your tissues. 

For instance, we don't actually look like our parents. Our genetic coding is similar but there has been a great deal of research that shows just because our parents had ‘xyz,’ doesn't mean that we will. We may have their bone structure, but our bones constantly remodel and reshape to mimic our use patterns. This is why your skeleton is never more than seven years old.*

Our behaviors, gestures,  stances, movements, how we present ourselves in the world, and to some degree, how we lay down muscle is actually a learned behavior.  Gesture becomes habit, and habit becomes permanence in the body. 

In other words, we often walk like our parents or carry weight in the same way because we mimic them, not because we ‘are’ them. How we move tells a story about our personal culture and lifestyle.

Our emotional body shows up in our structure as well. A proud puffed-out chest with a big belly (or what I call the Monopoly Banker body) is often indicative of someone with an overblown ego. This body shape often accompanies twig legs that offer a lack of support. A sunken chest and rounded shoulders  can indicate someone who has had to endure too much, or a heavy heart. 

It's important to develop that eye as movement teachers for body language and emotional language. Some of you will be able to read emotional body language easier than physical body language, or vice versa. No matter which you are better at, it will guide you towards the other. A good teacher has the ability to read both equally. Taking the time to develop a strong lens will offer you key knowledge in how to most effectively communicate with the client in front of you through your own language, touch, and sensory input.

The body is poetry, you just have to know how to read it.


*Btw, the bone thing is really just a rough estimate. Sadly you don't wake up like a snake and slither out of an old skin. Your bones turn over constantly through your life, with heavier, denser, bones turning over at a faster rate then light bones. For instance ribs take 3 - 4years to turn over whereas your the bones around your brain can take up to 20years.