It seems that most people strive for perfection and unfortunately become discouraged during the process. We treasure our physical bodies and look to enhance it in order to fulfill a need of significance and belonging in our society..
In regards to function, most people wish to maintain full range of motion and pain free movement. As we all know, everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way. In spite of this, seeking a false sense of structure or form to the body will most likely lead to further disappointments.
Each body will have much different proportions of "building materials" within their connective tissue which ultimately leads to various body types. In addition to our genetic coding, the environment plays a significant role in our development and the story we create for ourselves. Our biography truly becomes our biology.
I would like to conclude by sharing a brief excerpt about this topic from the book Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers.
"It is very important to note here that there is no virtue involved in having a symmetrical, balanced structure. Everyone has a story, and good stories always involve some imbalance. Without doubt the most interesting and accomplished people with whom we have had the pleasure and challenge to work have had strongly asymmetrical structures, and live far from their optimal postures. In contrast, some people with naturally balanced structures face few internal contradictions, and as a result can be bland and less involved. Assisting someone with a strongly challenged structure out of their pattern toward a more balanced pattern does not make them less interesting , though perhaps it will allow them to be more peaceful or less neurotic or to carry less pain. Just, at this juncture, let us be clear that we are not assigning any ultimate moral advantage to being straight and balanced. Each person's story, with so many factors involved, has to unfold and resolve, again and again over the arc of a life. It is our privilege as structural therapists to be present for, and midwives to, the birth of additional meaning within the individual's story."
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