Yesterday I shared with you about my Nordic walking. I told you that I try to walk with my back straight.
I learned it from Mr.Kosuke Hirai, an acupuncturist who specializes in adjusting people’s postures. He comes to our house from Fukuoka once every two months to give sessions.
Mr. Hirai is a master of an ancient Japanese martial art, which was passed down from generation to generation in his family, and keeping the right posture in your daily life is the most critical element in his martial art. Ancient Japanese martial arts existed before modern martial arts such as Karate, Judo, and Aikido.
What he is doing in the photo is that he is tying my legs to be straight. He made sure that my legs are closed with the knees up. He left me in this posture for 30 minutes or so.
He told me that I can do it myself every night while I am sleeping, even for the first 30 minutes or so. That conditions my legs to be straight. I can also put a pillow or cushion under my back to extend my back. It feels like doing a back extension exercise. I can do it for about 30 minutes and it conditions my back to be straight.
So combining Nordic walking and this posture adjusting exercise, you begin feeling what the correct posture is for you. They help you pay attention to your posture all the time. You will start checking your posture when you sit on a chair or when you stand, and when you walk. After going Nordic walking many times, I began walking with my back straight even without the poles.
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