What does your spine say about you?
“Good posture reflects on your self-esteem,” says Lishchyna. “You appear more confident, and it allows you to make a better first impression.” Bad posture, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect. “We wear a posture of depression,” says Gokhale. “When we slouch, our spine takes on a C-shape, which communicates depression and submission.”
However, our attempts to “stand up straight” and correct slouching may also be damaging, says Gokhale. “When you try to correct that C-spine, you can end up over-compensating and creating an S-spine, which can cause muscle tension and pain,” she says. “It conveys a message of false confidence, of trying to please.” “The J-spine is the natural shape for our species,” says Gokhale. “It conveys a quiet authority, natural grace and dignity.”