DON'T SLOUCH! BREATHE!
How Posture and Breathing Improves Health and Test Performance
Erik Peper, PhD
Inspired or full of hot air? Feeling overwhelmed and collapsed or feeling tall? We are usually totally unaware how our posture and breathing patterns affect others and ourselves. The workshop overviews how breathing and posture communicates to others and affects ourselves. The workshop includes somatic practices by which participants experience the effect of posture changes on physical strength and emotional memory recall as well as breathing changes to affect math performance. Using respiration and posture feedback from a wearable biofeedback device with a cell phone app, UpRight, participants experience immediate feedback each time they slouch at work and at home and learns to identify situations which cause slouching (e.g., fatigue, negative/hopeless thinking or stress. The posture feedback is combined with breathing, SEMG and HRV training with cognitive restructuring to enhance health and performance. Discussed are detailed protocols how to use breathing and posture and pattern to reduce depression, anxiety, test performance, headaches, back and shoulder discomfort.
About Dr. Erik Peper