Edvard Sundby (2016 – 2017)

: Flat back posture induced by the competitive personality representing the core value of the system formed in the capitalist order

One’s chin highly raised up symbolizes the flat back posture; this characteristic pose appears to express one’s confidence, competitiveness, power, and authority. Police officers are good examples unconsciously exhibiting the flat back posture.

1)The physical characteristics of the flat back posture

Like any other habitual postures, one’s way of breathing performs a decisive role in shaping a flat back posture, which presents one’s extreme dependency on inhalation. During inhalation, the body absorbs oxygen from the air to generate energy and becomes stretched and tensed to conserve energy. In the natural state, the body entirely erects itself as its lungs inflate to its maximum capacity, and this moment of being fully erected and tensed lasts for less than one second. Thereby, one’s intention to take more energy than one’s maximum capacity stretches one’s body abnormally backward and eventually induces a flat back posture. In fact, the body is not capable of holding energy in the position of being unnaturally pulled backward; and above all, this position disrupts energy circulation in interacting with nature. Thereby, the body with a flat back posture must release energy frequently to stay in balance. In general, the body sustains itself autonomously by balancing of inputs and outputs, which means that the body always releases the energy as much as generated by its breathing movements. And during exhalation, the body releases energy from itself and becomes relaxed and bent forward to open itself. Therefore, as long as the body stays in the swayback position, the body is not capable of reaching the natural state of being balanced by breathing movements due to the distorted energy release. Flat back posture heightens tensions in the spine and back, whereas the abdominal muscle groups associated with the respiratory system becomes weakened due to the physical state of being permanently stretched backward, which deprives them of the chances of contracting forward.

2)The society oriented to an infinite competition as a primary factor to dictate the way humans move

The critical issue induced by a flat back posture lies in releasing the confined energy, which likely defines one’s dominant but distracted character; one’s body cannot avoid from being tensed to sustain itself, and one cannot focus on other things, but oneself while being tensed. Furthermore, one’s body with a flat back posture continually is in need of releasing the pent-up energy, which frequently drives irrelevant expressions and actions; and simultaneously, one’s body always needs to be filled up due to a lack of space to conserve energy caused by the physical state of being pulled backward. Hence, these physical characteristics explain one’s competitive character. However, a slight flat back posture is commonly regarded as a confident posture and promoted; and this is the trend necessarily formed in the course of establishing the system oriented to the infinitive competition.  

3)How to alleviate the tensions in one’s body and mind

In the flat back posture, the dependency on heels for human locomotion is excessive as the body with a flat back posture artificially shifts the center of gravity backward; and, this tendency impedes the natural foot movements pushing forward, through a heel, forefoot, and all toes. Thus, the muscle volume of feet becomes decreased and weakened; moreover, the shoes, designed to lift heels to compensate a lack of strength of forefeet and toes, exacerbates the excessive dependency on heels. Accordingly, the process to alleviate the tensions caused by the flat back posture should focus on two points;

  1. restoring the natural breathing flow to improve the abdominal movements, to shift the center of gravity forward
  2. reviving the innate connectivity and strength of feet by walking barefoot and four limbs in the dog position

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