When I complete an assessment prior to training, the focus is on alignment and posture. I try to identify what’s shortened, what’s lengthened, what’s twisted and what’s straight. I take pictures to show it to clients, and the response is usually “I had no idea”, followed by “What can I do about it?”
At that point, I talk about the different levels of competence:
Unconsciously incompetent: that is the stage when somebody is not even aware that something is amiss.
Consciously incompetent: here the client is made aware of deficiencies, and they rise to the levels of consciousness about the problem.
Consciously competent: we are working on corrective measures, and the client has success in seeing how the strategies bring the client to improved posture. However, the client has to make a conscious effort to maintain it.
Unconsciously competent: now things have become second nature, and no effort is required to maintain good posture. I often tell clients that they will know that “they have arrived” when slouching starts feeling uncomfortable.