The amount of pain we feel is affected by our emotional state. It has long been known that if we are depressed or anxious, pain levels escalate. Posture can also affect pain levels. Slumped, round shouldered, submissive postures can make us feel insecure and vulnerable and this raises pain awareness. Strong, confident posture helps us feel in control of our selves and more in control of our physical sensations, reducing pain.
The happier we are, the less pain we feel. We sometimes see changes in posture in people we know. When they feel down, they are down, slumped, carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. When their mood lifts, so do they. When we are up, not slouched, round shouldered and heavy, we feel happier and more confident. Pretending to be happy, can actually make us feel happier. Using your Alexander Technique skills to manifest your best posture, smiling and finding something to laugh about can improve the mood of the day, and reduce pain.