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Madrid, Spain
September 05-07, 2024
ICTM 2019

Annette Booiman

Annette Booiman, Speaker at Ethnomedicine Conferences
Mensendieckmoves, Netherlands
Title : Posture and its effect on muscle tension, health and well-being


Posture nonverbally communicates information about ourselves to others. However, most people are unaware of their posture and how this can affect their life. Looking at a screen is becoming more dominant in people’s lifestyle. The downward looking or the head forward position may significantly contribute to neck and shoulder discomfort, headaches, and upper body stiffness. It is also associated with depressive memory bias, failure-related emotions and lower confidence. An upright posture on the other hand is associated with increased confidence, performance, selfimage and less pain. Changing posture is a simple way to alter the chemistry of the body as a means of improving one’s physical wellbeing. However , the influence of our posture on our physiology as it interact with our breathing amplitude or frequency, heart rate, and muscle tension is not always acknowledged. Changes in the breathing pattern due to a collapsed posture has an impact on the physiological and psychological processes of the client. In this talk the results of our study at the State University of San Francisco about posture, health and the influence on an individual’s well-being will be discussed and demonstrated by case materials of clients in a private practice. The presented examples can be brought into the everyday life of both the participants and their clients.


For over 30 years Annette Booiman has been working as a Mensendieck-Somato Cognitive Therapist in her private clinic in the Netherlands, where she successfully combines Mensendieck and Biofeedback. Her main interest is to encourage people to participate in a healthy lifestyle by changing their posture, movement patterns and stress levels. Exercises, mirrors and biofeedback are her primary tools for helping her clients implement new habits as part of a healthier lifestyle. She has been associated with the CSR Centre as a coach since 2007. She is a teacher at a Dutch Post Graduated Education Institute, co-author of several articles and BCIA certified