Linea alba means "white line" in Latin.
The linea alba is tough connective tissue, a strip on the body's midline from pelvis to chest at the front of the abdomen.
The navel (belly button) lies on the linea alba.
As the left and right lateral abdominal muscles wrap around the abdomen they turn into sheets of tough connective tissue (known as aponeuroses) towards the front.
The linea alba is created by these connective tissue layers merging midline at the front of the abdominal wall.
Before these aponeuroses meet midline they form a sheath (a tunnel between the layers) on either side. Within these sheaths lie the rectus abdominis muscles (like ribbons in a tunnel).
The rectus abdominis muscles are the closest muscles to the linea alba, lying either side the full length of the linea alba.
The linea alba should be fully flexable and extendable, free to bend and rotate in all directions. This comes with a full range of natural movement and an unrestricted body.
The Base-Line muscles are key to feeling the positioning of the linea alba.
The pelvic floor muscles at the Base of the linea alba and the rectus abdominis muscles either side of our central Line.
Find your Base-Line.
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