A couple of weeks ago, the Divine though Blogless Elizabeth and I were working on making her next sweater fit HER. Exactly HER. She had gone to this amazing class, and wanted to put what she learned to good use. She knew that I knew how to do a lot of the things she'd learned about, so she wrangled me in to be her step by step guru as we applied the lovely stuff from her class.
The first thing I did to help her solidify what she'd learned was to have her teach me. (Yes, I know, I did already know a lot of what she was teaching me, but the goal here was less to have me learn and more to have her know that she knows what she'd learned, and to identify where she was still a bit fuzzy).
Step one was to take my picture to see what my body shape really is.
The first thing I noticed that my body is TWISTED!
One should be able to draw a set of parallel lines from the shoulders down and find that one's hips are both either at the line, inside the line or outside the line. Mine didn't work this way. As you can see, one hip is notably outside the line, and the other is....inside the line. That's not the way it's supposed to be.
We tried the photography thing again.... and I consciously tried to square my body.
The result was the same.
We went on with our project anyway, since, unlike this post, it wasn't about my body; it was about making her sweater fit her body.
However, two days later I had the opportunity to go in for a Zero Balancing Treatment. Zero Balancing is an interesting blend of body work and energy work in which the practitioner affects your body's alignment by gently inviting the bones to shift to the place they want to be. In contrast, a chiropractor moves your bones to be closer to their best place. Zero Balancing is soothing, relaxing, subtle, and amazingly effective.
Alas, I wasn't able to get a good picture until a week after my treatment, and my body has shifted a bit back towards the twisted place it was, but even a week later, I can still see a significant difference in the twistedness.
Note, for example, that my shoulders are square here (they were not in the picture above). Also, both hips are outside the lines -- admittedly, the left is still a bit farther, but it's much better.
Zero balancing. One treatment. Awesome.
I'm saving these pictures so we can look again after the next one (there WILL be more).