Sunday, July 17, 2011

Book Review: Sad Dog, Happy Dog by Kathleen Porter

Are your kids slouch potatoes? Are you concerned how poor posture could be affecting your child's health? Do you want to lead by example, but don't know how?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should get your hands on a copy of Sad Dog, Happy Dog: How Poor Posture Affects Your Child's Health and What You Can Do About It by Kathleen Porter.

In this amazing and informative book, Porter breaks down the particulars of how poor posture can impact your child's--and your--health. Restricted breathing, stress on the circulatory system, pressure on nerves that cause pain and numbness, and more can be caused by improper alignment. This is about more than just improving posture. It's about improving your quality of life!

I have to admit I requested to review this book for selfish reasons. I know my posture is horrible, which causes lower back pain. I also see my kids slouched into all kinds of positions during the day. I wanted to read more about this topic to see what I could do.

Porter's book is separated into two parts. The first one talks about what babies teach us about good posture; why natural alignment matters for our bodies, and the importance of establishing good habits for your children early on. The second part of the book is a step-by-step guide to teach you and your children to naturally align your body. It also offers exercises and helpful tips.

The most surprising thing I learned is that many of the stretching exercises I perform are not that great for me because they cause my body to be out of natural alignment. I like that the author included a page at the back of the book with names and contact information for teachers of natural alignment in case I need help.

Correcting poor posture has just been made easier. Sad Dog, Happy Dog by Kathleen Porter shows you how.

Title:  Sad Dog, Happy Dog
Author: Kathleen Porter
Publisher: Mekevan Press
ISBN-10: 0615378536

ISBN-13: 978-0615378534
SRP:  $24.95

I received a copy of this book from the author's publicist in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.

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