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Using Postural Bias to heal Bookmark

In the internal arts one of the main focus’ of training is to obtain a type of equilibrium.  Indeed, in previous posts I have discussed the utilization of opposites in the body to ensure that, even during motion, this equilibrium and balance is maintained. But in this post I would like to look at a specific method that falls outside of the equilibrium idea. It is the idea of using postures with a bias in a certain direction, or a seemingly un-even position in order to heal or ‘equalize’ a practitioner. I call this process, utilizing postural bias.


We have seen in previous posts how the use of equal and opposite action within the body can be used in the process I call ‘pairing’. But why then, even in my own system, do we sometimes see postures where there is a clear bias in a certain direction and what does the term ‘Postural Bias’ actually mean?

A biased posture does not retain its equilibrium. It is a position where we have deliberately broken down the equilibrium for a specific purpose. There are several uses for the biased action in a martial sense, most notably in some types of throwing, but here I would like to explore how a biased posture can be used to heal or normalize problem areas in the body or reduce emotional stress.

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