There is a reason why Facebook is as popular as it is. There is a reason why quite a few people check their Facebook accounts more often than they do their emails. That reason is the need to connect. In health sciences, we study human beings as individuals yet these individuals long for anything but individuality.
The industrialized world brought about may changes to the human condition. As stated in the brilliant documentary I am, industrialization changed the very nature of human rapports. If it is true that humanity has survived up until recently on the basis of cooperation, sharing wealth and building communities, the modern occidental model has modified the way we live substantially. Again, as stated in I am, pre industrialization paradigms favored sharing resources and viewed accumulating goods beyond what is needed as no less than a mental illness.
The very notion of asking for and receiving help is almost taboo. Take breastfeeding for example. If some live by the quote: it takes a village to raise a child, when one mother cannot successfully breastfeed, another one does. This very notion is sadly not so much of our times and the development of the child suffers inevitably.
If we won’t connect physically, we will virtually. We might get too busy to see friends but we add them on Facebook at an impressive rate. Somehow, someway, we connect.
How about our brains? Our brains, very much like society are made up of individual units called neurons. These cells are remarkably interesting solely yet serve no purpose if they are not connected to other cells of the same type.
Neuron + neuron = activity
So how does this work? For one neuron to connect with another neuron, there needs to be movement. The electrical discharge that is responsible for this activity is movement.
Actually, everything is movement.
What is an emotion if it does not involve movement?
You feel fear = your muscles stiffen up
You are happy = you smile
You are excited = you breathe faster
You live = you move
Emotion is motion with a specific flavor, a certain taste, or a distinguished sound.
Emotions are therefore actually possible because of our senses. How can the scent of a rose bring back the memory of your first date with your wife if you actually cannot smell?
The key to life and connection is then the relationship between the senses, the brain and movement.
Can this relationship be measured? Are we able to objectively assess an individual’s potential at… living?
We are. In the context of Posturology, we assess and treat the capacity of the body to stand upright… and move!
In order to move, we must first and foremost manage the force of gravity. An efficient strategy allows movement to unfold naturally. An efficient strategy is based on two factors:
– Proper and equilibrated stance via the feet on the ground;
– A leveled gaze via eye movement on the horizon.
To stabilize our bodies so it can move, these senses – skin of the foot on the ground and guided vision via eye movement – actually build our representation of the world.
There is one world, and if we all see it so differently, it could be because we, humans, present with an incalculable possibility of dysfunctions in how these two senses function.
Our feet and eyes inform our brains on how to move. The very wiring of our brains is dependent on these entry points.
If you can’t see straight, there is a very high likelihood that you actually can’t see straight!
Connectivity, humans and life… it’s all the same. In striving for more, Posturology can help.