7 Corners of the Back

You have to know the outer boundaries of the back so that you can expand – lengthen and widen fully

Two sitting bones

Two hip joints

Two shoulder joints

One Atkanto-Occipital joint

Everything within this area is the BACK.

How to work at a computer?

During a lesson we practise and have the experience of active sitting – sitting in balance whilst sending directions – without a forward stimulus caused by a computer screen

So to work on yourself – sit looking at your room – be aware notice

Swivel round look at your screen – what happens? 

(You will notice that the screen impacts your balance – one gives up control to a screen!)

This is how awareness/insight into our particular habit patterns accumulates.

The problem is the “doing” caused by an external stimulus – or put another way our reaction to the screen sets in motion a chain of unconscious habitual patterns – together termed our “use”.  Poor use will affect our functioning over time and impact our life experience.

Can you work on your computer as a secondary activity with your primary interest instead being on your Primary Control?

This is what we practise continually during the lesson and a key part of FM’s insight.

This applies to all activity – talking, cooking…..and is what we term “thinking in activity”

It’s a complete change in approach to all of life’s activities.

“Let the neck be free”

This is the first FM direction and the most important.

We should start here and keep coming back here before any further directions are given.

So given it’s importance a clear understanding of each word is required:

Let – As in all the directions it’s a thought only – the volition to allow – a non-doing action – becoming aware that we are not letting but holding and having become aware to stop holding and hence letting.

Neck – This is short hand for the uppermost joint in the neck – the atlanto-occipital joint (AO joint) – this is where the first bone in the neck, the atlas, meets the bone that makes up the base of the skull, the occiput. 

Free – this balancing point is not a thing – it is a no-thing – an infinite space between two bones.  It’s characteristic is freedom.  This freedom is the guiding principle behind the Primary Control – the relationship between the head and back.

Stick Man Drawing – Ankles & Neck

At my CPD yesterday Miriam Wohl (www.miriamwohl.com) drew a stick man drawing which I was struck by and really liked.

I had a go myself to show what we were discussing. The neck and ankles must release together to allow for a new standard of balance – as FM said “one after the other and all together”

Remembering that all the points in between should be allowed to soften with directed knees forward & hips back – the back will then lengthen and widen.

Take a look!



What is “up”?

Up is always an indirect result of directional thinking.

No matter what orientation the body is in “up” is always the same.

Like a bottle of soda – the bubbles always move up away from gravity no matter the bottles orientation.

It is a quality that can be seen and felt if allowed.

Avi Granit CPD Wolverhampton June 2016

Why primary?

More awareness means we start to notice that the head-neck-back relationship isent primary – it’s secondary!

All the senses pull us away from our centre and disturb this relationship if we react to them.

Unconscious or negative thinking has the same effect – a pull (always downwards) as muscles freeze in the moment on a fixed idea or thought.

When we stop reacting to stimulus then naturally our attention builds on our core balance – it is primary – and in so doing everything flows and happens more congruently with what is – right now.

Pushing down doesn’t allow the up

A continuous awareness that the physical/mental effort to stand and to move lessens.  

Any undue effort is in the direction down and so is counterproductive to allowing the natural up. 

This extra effort shortens and tightens the muscles unnecessarily – and so interferes with the Primary Control.

The feeling is that extra effort isent being made because it has become habituated – one continues to do what one has always done.

Only through complete attention on the means whereby in the moment- that one is balancing and not doing something like sitting and standing – and thinking rather than relying on habituated feelings – can a new experience be allowed.

Balance can only be total

FM said “one after the other and all together” when explaining the directions.

We can not free a specific area unless we free up all other areas in a total pattern awareness.

If we do manage to get more freedom in one area without this total integration we must compromise ourselves somewhere else to stay upright!

Awareness from the soles of the feet up the back to the tip of the forehead – keeping the structure length and width in view.

Where is my upper (thoracic) back?

From CPD 30th Jan 2016 – Thanks Di!

Where the upper back touches the ground in semi supine is not the back.

It is the outer side of the spine – the spinous process.Spinous Process

We are interested in the centre – a good bit further in – you are balanced around that point.

Notice how the direction of the Thoracic Vertebra is Downwards – do you have a habit of picking up your spinous process?

The Direction downwards is counterbalanced by the head rotating forward and up on top of the spine.