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    Quote Originally Posted by adiemus View Post
    Weight gain is about fat not muscle strength, so women are more inclined to lay fat deposits down on belly, hips and thighs. Don't forget too that working a muscle will give it more bulk even though we don't gain huge muscle bulk like men do. You can't spot or target areas to lose weight either, you lose all over the areas that you lay down fat rather than just belly! Which is why you end up losing boob size as well as hip size when you lose weight. Darn it!
    I know...it still drives me nuts all the ads out there that claim to help you target certain zones. But I SWEAR I'm the exception when it comes to losing weight. For every 10 lbs. I lose, I've lost a bra cup size. And no more.

    Quote Originally Posted by adiemus View Post
    Weight gain is about fat not muscle strength, so women are more inclined to lay fat deposits down on belly, hips and thighs. Don't forget too that working a muscle will give it more bulk even though we don't gain huge muscle bulk like men do. You can't spot or target areas to lose weight either, you lose all over the areas that you lay down fat rather than just belly! Which is why you end up losing boob size as well as hip size when you lose weight. Darn it!
    I know...it's so annoying to me that so many companies still advertise targeted tonight and fat loss for their programs/products...and worse - people buy it!

    I SWEAR I'm the exception, however, when it comes to targeted loss. For every 10 lbs. I lose, with it goes one bra cup size. And nothing else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yame View Post
    That's a great guide, and very thorough. Thanks for sharing.

    You're welcome. I actually just added a bunch more to the article making it better. I think it's really important that people realize it's more about gaining balanced muscle strength and flexibilty than anything else. You can tell someone to think this or that, tilt this or that, but when you begin moving your body will fall into it's usual alignment based on imbalances in strength and flexibilty. So, you really have to tackle all these postural issues from that perspective. Good dance posture is the same as good posture.

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    I have to tuck my pelvis to dance safely, as my normal posture is "duck butted" and that is not a safe way to dance. I injured myself dancing (pre-BD) because of this posture which i naturally relax into.

    so as many people have mentioned, a "tuck" is needed for some people regardless due to incorrect daily posture habits.

    My "tucked" is some's "normal". A defined tuck is super tucked- for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taslin View Post
    I have to tuck my pelvis to dance safely, as my normal posture is "duck butted" and that is not a safe way to dance. I injured myself dancing (pre-BD) because of this posture which i naturally relax into.

    so as many people have mentioned, a "tuck" is needed for some people regardless due to incorrect daily posture habits.

    My "tucked" is some's "normal". A defined tuck is super tucked- for me.
    I hear you. A lot of people have to do this. I agree, and I think you need to strengthen your abs and hamstrings with strength training and stretch out your quads and hip flexors regularly. The temporary solution and minimal solution is trying to think and move into the neutral pelvis but the permanant and more safe solution is to find the cause and correct it (stretch the muscles that are too short and strengthen the muscles that are too weak to correct the imbalance.) I realize that some people have spinal diseases and other conditions that are permanant which they have to deal with, too.

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    Mellilah , i actually have a mild curvature of the spine as well which i didnt mention,lol. You hit the nail on the head. So there are a few factors i keep in consideration, thank you for the suggestions for strengthening/stretching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taslin View Post
    My "tucked" is some's "normal". A defined tuck is super tucked- for me.
    Is this looking at your outer layers (muscle & fat) or bones? I prefer to look at bone alignment for neutral pelvis. If you naturally have a large bottom this doesn't mean you need to tuck. Also, spinal curve and pelvic alignment, although often related, are separtate issues.

    The two red flags for me would be that a dropped pelvis puts the lower back at risk and indicates over stretched and hence weak lower abs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taslin View Post

    My "tucked" is some's "normal". A defined tuck is super tucked- for me.
    Same here! At least from what i can see externally...I am not quite sure what my bones look like on the inside and how to get those into correct alignment. But I've read something about aligning the front of you pubic bone with your hip bones
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    having the posterior iliac spine below the anterior iliac spine (somebody correct me if I am wrong)

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    I was really worried about my posture and back, for the first week of practise, Id wake up in the morning so stiff, right up and down my back.. totally put me off because the all the women in my family on my mothers side have that condition, like wear and tear of the bones, but at an early age.. so im mega paranoid about my back.

    Do you think it can be bad for your back?

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    Think 'neutral', not 'tucked'. You want the posture that gives you the maximum amount of movement in any direction - central or neutral is the phrase that will give you that posture easily. If you think tucked you may end up too far forward.

    I explain in my classes the issue brought up above about how it looks different on everyone and that you need to find the position that lets you move the most in all directions. Coincidentally, this is also the most healthy posture for us to dance with (and by that I mean bellydancing - other dance forms have different posture because they use the body differently)
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    Default To tuck or not to tuck -reloaded

    I don't know if this will be of help to anybody here , but I just stood in front of the mirror and observed my posture. Obviously I have been over-tucking....
    EVEN THOUGH I am swaybacked it looks like I should not be putting so much effort into tucking under. I am so grateful to all the amazing ladies and geniuses here who have suggested checking bone alignment instead of the appearance of the back curve. Don't force yourself to make your back look flat! In my case when I did this my pubic bone was actually in front of my hip bones (INCORRECT posture!) and my anterior iliac spine was not below my superior posterior spine anymore (I am attaching another picture for those who are not certain about the location of these parts. The boney part of your hip has a curved ridge you can follow with your fingers (kind of like a flat mountain). the base of that "triangle" has a bump both in the front and back of your pelvis.You can feel these parts sticking out on either side)
    I hope this wasn't too confusing - i am no profesional and probably not the best to explain this.
    What I am wondering now is...should I tuck at all. I wish there was someone really knowledgable around me. Even in a class designed especially to alleviate back pain nobody ver told me that all this pulling in could actually be wong....[IMG][/IMG]
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