And here’s a video with all the steps on making an Origami Rainbow!
We all know posture is important to overall and long term health. The spine supports the body to stand upright, enables complex movement and protects the spinal cord. And though we are all born with perfect posture – just watch a 1 year old walking – there are many factors that inhibit its functioning, such as physical accidents, emotional trauma, family habits, nutrition, furniture, sedentary activities, long hours of sitting during growth spurts, etc. As a result, slumping is prevalent and killing off innate vitality. When stooped or slouched, muscles and ligaments struggle to keep balanced – which can lead to fatigue, back pain, headaches and other problems. Current statistics indicate that poor posture is a serious problem.
- 80% of back and neck pain is a result of bad posture.
- 56% of teenage spines are out of alignment or deformed due to chronic slumping.
- Children entering preschool are less developed in physical coordination, and, as a result, cognitive coordination
- Childhood anxiety has been found to be correlated to inability to balance
The truth is that spinal health is the basis of balance and stability not just in our bodies, but in our minds and feelings, too. When you stand up straight and walk tall, you actually think and feel better. Having correct posture actually helps you to be calmer, more relaxed, and more physically and mentally stable. Our posture not only lays a
foundation for future health or problems, it also says a lot about who we are. How we perceive and are perceived by others is directly related to the non-verbal message given by posture.
So, as parents and teachers, how can we be effective watchdogs and cheerleaders for good posture?
1) Have your child checked out by a pediatric chiropractor or osteopath.
2) Notice how your child moves and relates to the world physically? Are they open
and receptive, competent and curious, or withdrawn and worried, closed and
careful? Understand that however they are is a mind-body-emotional state, not
just physical. Support them in activities that help them feel strong and capable in
their bodies to help them be more confident in the world.
3) Model good posture. Discuss good posture and why it’s important. Notice other people’s posture and invite your kids to mimic them to play with how different postures feel and make them feel.
4) Check out the ACA’s Tips for Good Posture
5) Check out the article by David Newbound of the Children’s Seating Centre: for his tips on how to preserve natural body usage to maintain healthy muscles and bones.
6) Be a Rainbow – the best way I know from years of teaching experience of actually getting kids to sustain good posture and a positive attitude.
7) Teach children that, like rainbows, when they sit and stand tall, their “colors” shine out, Being a “rainbow” feels good and makes others feel good, too.
So, use this poem to reinforce rainbow power and posture:
Red – I’m strong and grounded
Orange – I’m happy and helpful
Yellow – I know I can
Green – I’m kind and caring
Blue – I’m clear and truthful
Indigo – I’m smart and thoughtful
Violet – I’m an amazing miracle with many colored parts