Muscles go OVER at least one joint

It’s easy to wrongly think about your muscles like your bones – you can see the start and end of bones more easily – it’s at the point of the joint.

But the muscles are like leverage pulleys and so they must go over joints or attach to points either side of a joint – this gives the structure stability.  Look in an anatomy book to find the beginning and end of muscles.

Often muscles of the leg go over 2 joints like the ankle and knee.

The muscles of the inner thigh go from the femur to the pubic bone keeping the hip joint in place.

Which muscles are over tightened? And so causing undue pressure on a joint?

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.

Drop the weight straight to the ground

…..Not through the legs – Alison Harper during CPD Training @ AT Studio. July 16.

I have realised that the “weight” which I thought was my weight that somehow had to be supported by the ground and my legs was not real weight at all – it was faulty sensory appreciation due to excess tension.

We all hold ourselves up rather than being taken up by gravity.

In the holding comes the feeling of heaviness which we associate with.

By letting go we can finally rebalance be supported and regain our natural lightness.

Fold upwards

When moving down in space all the joints should be free to move.

The habitual reaction is to over tighten by pushing down which causees excess tension in the feet as well as the legs (and back).

Be aware of the soles of the feet and keep undoing/preventing any gripping/tightening working with the head going forwards with the lower legs to counterbalance the back going back – achieving a deep stretch.

The back of the arms

We must increase the awareness of the upper back and back of the arms to ensure they are used correctly and are not pulling down the front – the habit is always to pull down the front towards the stimulus.

This should leave an expansive opening across the rib cage – the non load bearing part of the torso.

The rib cage acts like a wave moving up and down – any undue tension will affect the quality and depth of breathing.

Space between bones and skin

We are a skeletal system sitting in a perfect anti-gravity suit.

For that suit to work it needs to act in totality and the muscles need to float over the bones in opposite directions.

Any time a muscle is stuck the relationship to the bone is static – the relationship needs to be continually dynamic.

Always drop the skeleton inside the muscles – this can be done by realising there is a great space between the outer extremities and the bones.  Even in areas (like the head) where it appears the skull is close to the outer edge – challenge that concept – small differences in thinking can make profound changes in use.

The Hyoid Bone

This bone that lies level with the chin in front and C3 vertebrae behind has no joints and is attached to the rest of the torso via ligaments or muscles.  As the pivotal point of the skull is in line with the back of the ear it provides an attachment and a structure to everything lying in front – specifically the tongue and lower jaw muscles and throat – hence it’s use affecting the function of breathing, swallowing and speaking.  

So up there in importance!

So are we pulling the hyoid down? We might not think we are but that could be our default position with no feeling attached.

A good awareness exercise is to pull up the zip on a coat – so that the coat is cradling the whole neck – as one walks and moves it becomes easier to tell if pulling down at the front is a habit.

Letting go of the pull down at the front allows the head to sit back onto the spine where it is properly supported.