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The 5 Main Muscles of Movement.

When properly functioning, the 5 main muscles of movement provide the central framework for the body to work as it should - strong, balanced and pain-free with a full range of natural movement and a good posture.

What if I don't use my
main muscles of movement?

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The 5 main muscles of movement are: (links to "in detail" pages)

1. pelvic floor Base (actually a group of muscles)

2. rectus abdominis Line

3. gluteus maximus

4. rectus femoris

5. trapezius

the 5 main muscles of movement on a skeleton, viewed from different angles. The five paired muscles that make up the central muscular framework of the human body. Feel for your muscles, the rectus femoris from shin to pelvis. The rectus abdominis muscles up the front of the abdomen from pubic symphysis to chest, left and right sides two stacks of panels of muscle either side of the midline linea alba. The trapezius muscles a sheet of muscle from midback to the back of the head, shoulder to shoulder, that should be smooth and wrinkle free supporting the head and arms through a full range of movement. The pelvic floor (a group of muscles) at the base of the body, the root of all movement.

How to work with your 5 Main Muscles of Movement.

the 5 main muscles of movement labelled on a skeleton. Viewed from differenct angles. Trapezius of the upper body, the rectus abdominis at the front of the abdomen pelvis to chest, gluteus maximus big ass muscles, pelvic floor a group of muscles that are the base of the body and the rectus femoris of each leg, strong poles down the front of each thigh. The central muscular framework of the body. Key to a good posture and a full range of natural movement with dynamic balance and alignment.

Keep looking at the pictures.

Find the muscles on your body.

Don't get bogged down in the details - you need to know where these muscles are on your body, not what all the bits are called.

anatomy index

Work with your main muscles of movement in 3 (over-lapping) stages:

1. Find your Base-Line.

2. Base-Line to Legs.

3. Base-Line to Upper Body.

3D outline of human figure, attempting to show the five main muscles of movement at once. The trapezius muscles extend from the back of the head down the neck to midback, extending out towards each shoulder. Thin, sculpted muscles that make up the superficial layer of back of the upper body. The rectus femoris muscles of the front of the thigh, pillars of muscle from lower leg to the main body.  The gluteus maximus muscles the power house in the buttocks. The Baseline pelvic floor and rectus abdominis muscles at the core of the body.  The rectus abdominis muscles extending up the front of the body consisting of sections of muscle separated by strips of connective tissue up the front of the abdomen. Like two parallel stacks of blocks supporting the rest of the body.

1. Find a connection to your Base-Line.

Think of your Base-Line muscles at the centre of your body.

Base-Line muscles

The body's core pillar of strength that should support all movement.

human figure from two angles showing the baseline muscles. The pelvic floor muscles, like a basket of muscles, a cresent on midline.  The solid base of the body, like a hook that extends to the rectus abdominis muscles at the front of the abdomen. The rectus abdominis muscles are the body's central line from pelvis to chest. Like two stacks of muscle panels to be activated and elongated in sequence, the core pillar to support movement of the rest of the body.

Breathe with your Base-Line. Longer and stronger with every breath in.

Breathing technique

Use the roll-down action supported by your activated Base-Line muscles.

The roll-down

The Base-Line muscles are the key to starting to feel your anatomy of alignment.

body alignment and balance

2. Connect your Base-Line to your legs.

baseline to legs. gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles of each leg working together.  The rectus femoris attaches to the front of the pelvis and runs down the front of the thigh forming part of the common tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle group which attaches to the kneecap then continues as the patellar ligament attaching to the top of the tibia/shin bone.

The rectus femoris muscles align hip and knee joints.

The gluteus maximus muscles link the legs to Base-Line support.

Base-Line to legs

3. Connect your Base-Line to upper body.

The trapezius muscles connect the head and arms to Base-Line support and are responsible for aligning the upper body.

Base-Line to upper body

trapezius muscles view from the back. from midback to the bump midline on the back of the skull. Extending from shoulder to shoulder like a kite-shaped sheet.  Supporting the head and arms when connected to baseline support.

It takes practice and concentration to activate muscles if you are not used to using them.

  • Use your hands to find where each of the muscles are on your body.
  • Picture the muscles in your mind.
  • Focus on feeling them activating.
  • Build a connection.

The key to healing.

Give your brain time to figure out where to send the messages. It'll make mistakes along the way (activating wrong areas of muscles), or sometimes nothing might seem to be happening - you just have to keep trying.

Relax, try different positions and keep practicing!

At some point, the messages will get through to the right destination. From then on, it becomes easier to find the connection again.

Keep your main muscles of movement in mind throughout the day, feeling for their relative positions and a sense of balance between left and right sides.

skeleton and the 5 main muscles of movement side-front view. Baseline muscles - pelvic floor at the base of the body within the bones of the pelvis. The rectus abdominis muscles running up the front of the body from pelvis to ribcage. The rectus femoris muscles of each leg are like strong poles down the front of each thigh from hip bone to shin aligning the hip and knee joints.

Look at all the pictures.

Find the muscles on your body.

Focus on feeling them work.

Get moving.

skeleton and the 5 main muscles of movement. The gluteus maximus muscles - big ass muscles. The left and right trapezius muscles form the superficial layer from mid-back to the back of the head, extending out towards each shoulder. The muscles of the back of the neck to the shoulders then down and in towards the spine at the level of the lowest ribs.  The trapezius muscles approximate to a kite-shape (think 4 triangles with a cross), a blanket of muscle that curves over the shoulders and up the back of the neck.  The nuchal and supraspinous ligaments on midline where the left and right trapezii meet - think of this as the vertical line in the kite-shape. Movement should start from the lower trapezius, moving upwards and outwards - the lower

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the main muscles of movement. Pelvic floor muscles. Rectus abdominis muscles that start from the pubic ligament and symphysis, the middle of the front of the pelvis and attach to the ribs. Trapezius muscles attach to the base of the skull and down the mid-line of the upper back also extending towards the shoulders.

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Base-Line muscles in a human figure seen from the front, angled upwards. Base pelvic floor muscles are like a basket between your legs, the foundation at the base of the torso. The rectus abdominis muscles either side of the midline linea alba from pelvic symphysis to the chest wall. The rectus abdominis muscles consist of multiple sections of muscle tissue, panels side by side extending up the front of the abdomen. Active your Base-Line, thinking longer and stronger with every in breath starting from base, then section by section of the rectus abdominis.

MOVEMENT SHOULD START FROM YOUR BASE-LINE.

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