evaluation of body mechanics
"The person with poor posture is ungainly, awkward and unesthetic. . . ."25 "Erect posture enhances the feeling of well-being. There is in the ability to consciously stand well the same joy which comes with any skill. To know that you know how to stand well, that you can and are standing well, gives a feeling of self-confidence and poise. . . ."12
No one can deny the validity of the above statements. Yet, how many of us had the privilege of good postural training in our formative years? Do you stand and move gracefully? Are you proud of your carriage?
Look around at your elders and select someone whom you would like to emulate in terms of physical appearance. In most cases your choice from individuals in your immediate environment limits the selection to a few. On the other hand, if you were to make this choice from a group of people who recognize that their success depends to a large extent upon their physical appearance, your problem would be simplified. For example, movie actors and actresses, dancers, and most theatrical people realize the necessity for maintaining grace and poise of stature and movement. They understand the values of such skills, and work hard to accomplish excellence in basic movement. In addition, schools of charm spend considerable time in teaching their students how to move. It goes without saying that the key to good appearance lies in a well-trained body. Then too, age seems to be kind to those who practice and perfect the fundamentals of movement.
How disheartening it is to see a girl dressed in a pretty party dress,