An upcoming post will discuss different ways in which we can conceptualize the architecture of posture, but before we broach that subject, I would be remiss not to touch on a concept we spend most of our time as moving creatures taking for granted.
Gravity is a force that dictates the physical reality of our everyday. We interpret it as a force that gives objects weight, and brings them down toward earth. It makes apples fall from trees, it causes water to carve canyons and it's how we lose rings down the kitchen sink doing dishes after dinner. Gravity, after all, is what gives us weight.
But this is a narrow field-of-vision. Gravity is force that draws us toward earth, yes, but what we receive as objects of mass from being draw toward earth is the support of that surface we are being drawn to. The uprightness we are able to achieve because of our connection (in)to ground is the very definition of a term we use often in our practice as Rolfers and Structural Integrators: palintonicity, or the sense of reach/length in two opposing directions.