Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Carrie Mayes, B.S., M.A., D.C.
Publisher: Life Wise Ventures
“Becoming aware of postural tendencies and then paying attention to the position the body is in during all rest and activity is the key,” Carrie Mayes writes in her book, Good Posture Made Easy: Look and Feel Your Best for Life.
At fifty pages, this paperback targets those seeking ways to have better posture from the suggestions and advice of a chiropractor. After two pages of reviews, a disclaimer, preface, and introduction, eight chapters covers the subject, ending with closing comments, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography. Eight grayed illustrations with one duplication are spread throughout the book.
For the past fourteen years, author Mayes has maintained a private chiropractic office. Concentrating on the human body’s posture, the ergonomics consultant presents programs and workshops on the relationship between posture and health.
Stating that good posture must be symmetrical throughout the body, the first chapter explains why one should correctly stand, sit, and lie down. Offering a checklist of six numbered points, the writer says being aware of one’s asymmetrical tendencies is helpful in correcting bad positioning.
The next several chapters explain how to sit correctly, be it in a chair, when driving, or working on a computer. One should not cross his or her legs, be conscious of feet position when driving, and observe head movement if bi- or tri-focal glasses are worn when viewing a computer monitor.
Following chapters cover standing by avoiding an unleveled pelvis and properly breathing where shoulders do not rise and fall as the lower abdomen moves slightly in and out. Ideal resting should never include sleeping on one’s stomach but supporting head and body weight to achieve the least amount of stress.
The second to the last chapter promotes basic core strengthening exercises such as walking, ball sitting, pelvic tilts, planks, and yoga. Mentioning the author’s favorite “dead bug” exercise, she states it is too complicated to explain in the book but to view it on the internet.
Ending with the recommendation to encourage children to have good posture, the closing comments suggest making a change in habit is what it takes to have better posture.
This small book would be a nice addition for patients in a chiropractor or orthopedic office or for individuals looking for a book reminding one of correct symmetry for heathy posture.
Thanks to Jenkins Group for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.