Balance is an important concept in health. We talk about eating a balanced diet and leading a balanced lifestyle. We know that good health depends on the balance of chemicals and hormones in the body as well as the balance of acid and alkaline.
In Chinese and Japanese health philosophy, there is the concept of balancing yin and yang energies. We even talk about balancing the left and right brains for greater well-being and effectiveness.
But is your body balanced? Try this simple test: Lie down with your eyes closed, in a position that you feel is “straight”. Open your eyes and tilt your head up to look at your feet. Are they directly in front of you? Or slanted towards one side.
Here’s another test: Stand on two separate weighing scales!
I did this recently using a Spinal Analysis Machine (SAM®) which is fitted with two, properly aligned weighing scales. I was shocked to see that my right side was eight kilograms heavier than my left.
“That’s worse than carrying a bowling ball with you wherever you go!” said osteopath Dr David Tio of the Osteopathic Treatment Centre, who brought in the SAM®. “When you have an imbalance, it is only natural to feel tired and develop aches and pain.