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Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 6, No. 2 - March/April 2014

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You Are Your Body

By Michelle Lee

Have you ever wondered why we can read so much from someone's body shape, posture and movements? How is it that we can almost know a person before we meet or talk to them, just by seeing them from a distance?

Scientists have been studying body language, physical genetic patterning and kinesiology for centuries, and the experts can now read your physical body and even your facial features with a high degree of accuracy.

Alan Stevens, a specialist on the Art of Reading Faces, predicts with 95% accuracy the personality traits of a person by reading and measuring their facial and body features.

The physical body is inextricably linked to the mental and emotional states, so if positive changes can be made to the physical body, these are accompanied by mental and emotional shifts.

Here are 7 great ways you can train children to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, and empower them to increase confidence, self-esteem and motivation:

  1. Breathe deeply, slowly & consciously to your abdomen
    Your breath is your most natural and most important part of your being. Use it to refocus, oxygenate and to bring your awareness back to the present.

  2. Sit & stand up tall
    This opens up your chest and lungs allowing you to breathe deeply. It also gives you a feeling of confidence and strength. After all, your spine is your stabiliser - use it in the way nature intended.

  3. Tuck your chin in
    Instead of poking your chin out, try drawing it back. You will feel more aligned and centred, and feel less strain on your neck and shoulders.

  4. Push your chest out
    Many children who have significant growth spurts, may end up slouching and feeling self-conscious. A sloppy posture not only leads to a lack of self-confidence, it may also result in long term mid back tightness and pain.

  5. Shake hands with conviction
    Have you ever shaken hands with a dead fish? Show you are sure of yourself, demonstrate a desire to make a meaningful connection and shake hands with a firm grip

  6. Make eye contact
    Wandering eyes or lack of eye contact can cause others to distrust you. The eyes hold a lot of power, and show each person's truth. Let others share in your authentic self.

  7. Smile
    You have heard the adage "smile and the world smiles with you". Smiling is the most effective and easiest way to break the ice, and make genuine contact. It's also linked to producing feel good chemicals in our body, so smile even when you are feeling down.

About Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee, Physiotherapist and Career & Life Coach has been using body kinetics for many years to ascertain and help correct her clients physical imbalances. In recent years, she has been trained in the Art of Reading Faces by Newcastle's Alan Stevens and now offers an enhanced component of her coaching to determine her clients' skills, strengths and weaknesses. These combined with self-development and motivational tools, have been successful in propelling her clients to more inspirational life and career choices.

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