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A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT FROM THE BIG TOE TO THE HEEL
Centers the weight of the body at the ankle joint, reduces the tendency to collapse onto the inner arch of the foot, and shortens the inside length of the foot. Clark mentions this line brings deeper flexion at the front of your ankle and "signals the achilles tendon to lengthen and drop the heel," so that we can "regain sensory awareness of action at the center of the foot . . . [and] relate the toes to the ankle."
A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT FROM THE CENTER OF THE KNEE TO THE CENTER OF THE HIP JOINT
balances the muscles around the thigh bone (femur), especially by releasing tension in muscles of the outer hip, properly aligns the hinge-like knee joint, and promotes primary control of the leg close to the pelvis
A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT TO WIDEN ACROSS THE BACK OF THE PELVIS
releases tension in muscles of the buttocks and outer hips, increasing flexibility of the hips, and balances the pelvis on the heads of the femurs. This widening action can be continued all the way up the back of the torso to the base of the skull.
A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT TO NARROW ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE PELVIS
activates muscles of the inner thigh, especially the ilio-psoas pair, and like its companion line-of-movement above, balances the pelvis on the heads of the femurs. The narrowing, which also buttresses the lines-of-movement 5, 8 and 9 below, can be continued up the mid-front of the abdomen to the lower tip of the sternum.
5. A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT TO SHORTEN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE MID FRONT OF THE PELVIS (AT THE PUBIS) AND THE LOWEST OR TWELFTH THORACIC VERTEBRA (T12)
lifts the front of the pelvis, releases the often tense muscles that parallel the spine, and contributes to more efficient weight support of the torso and head. Sweigard notes that this line, of all the nine, is the "most difficult to achieve, yet it is the most important for balance of the central skeletal structures and for freedom of movement of the lower extremities."
6. A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT FROM THE TOP OF THE STERNUM (BREAST BONE) TO THE TOP OF THE SPINE (IN THE CENTER OF THE HEAD)
balances the head on the top of the spine, releasing tension in the muscles of the shoulders and neck, and lengthens the spine, increasing the overall height of the body.
A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT TO NARROW THE RIB CASE
releases tension in the muscles of the rib case and shoulder girdle, and so helps improve breathing.
A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT TO LENGTHEN THE (BACK) SPINE DOWNWARD
releases tension in the back muscles, especially those in the lower back (lumbar).
A LINE-OF-MOVEMENT TO LENGTHEN THE CENTRAL AXIS OF THE TORSO (i.e. FRONT SPINE) UPWARD
encourages a variety of changes in the torso, especially in the alignment of the spine and the position of the head. It also helps, says Sweigard, the "concept of centered control of both the balance and the movement of the body as a whole." Clark reminds us that this lengthening of the spine should be "combined with everything you do in movement walking, sitting down, or going up and down the stairs. . . .Down into the roots--up into the sunlight, is the law for all axial bodies. It is the pattern for breath, communication and movement."
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