- the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based
- a model or first form
- an action, or a situation that seems to represent universal patterns of human nature.
Archetypal postures are primal human postures that are biologically embedded within you including all of your joints and muscles. Much like walking is an inherent human function, so is squatting, kneeling, and simply being able to sit on the ground comfortably.
Unfortunately, in today's modern society, many of us have lost the ability to do so. This has negative health implications related to not only to your overall movement capacity but other systems in your body such your digestion, respiration, and lymphatic flow. Learning how to move in positions like your primal ancestors allows your limbs to receive the stretch and compression shown to maintain optimal joint and muscle tissue viability and functioning.
We have learned directly from Dr. Phillip Beach, an expert in this field and whose model investigates human shape, posture, and movement in the context of evolution, embryology, childhood development, physiology, and neural function.
More information about Archetypal Positioning can be found in Dr. Phillip Beach's book, Muscles & Meridians: The manipulation of shape.