Base-Line Healing


Our Midline Anatomy:

Markers for Body Alignment.

To work towards body aligment you need to get in touch with your body. Being aware of you position/posture allows you to start correcting it.

The more misaligned, crumpled and tense you are, the longer it will take to recify so the soon you start the sooner you start to heal.

the anatomy of alignment. human figure from the front with a line through the middle, top to bottom. This is the median plane splitting the body into equal left and right halves. The body's midline. When the body's midline anatomy can align on the median plane that is when the body is truly balanced and aligned.

Find your markers to help you feel how you are positioned:

1. Pubic symphysis.


Where the front bones of the pelvis meet in the middle.  Where the pubic ligaments are situated.

The pubic symphysis is intimately close to the clitoris / where the suspensory ligament of the penis attaches.

The central point between 'Base' and 'Line' muscles. The bottom of the linea alba.

2. Navel.

The navel, or belly button. Think of it as your middle point.

Part of the linea alba.

The human body seen from the front showing the the navel, or belly button lies. Midline. In the middle of the body.  Part of the linea alba (white line) a strip of connective tissue from pubic symphysis of the pelvis to xiphoid process of the sternum. The navel should align with the sternum and pubic symphysis where the linea alba is a straight line.

3. Xiphoid process.

xiphoid process of the sternum, where the bottom ribs meet at the front of the chest

The xiphoid (zif-oi-d) process is at the bottom the breastbone (sternum).

Feel at the front where your bottom ribs meet in an inverted "V".

The top of the linea alba.

4. Jugular notch of sternum.

showing the chest and face, throat, top of rib-cage when the jugular notch of the sternum is located on the midline. A V shape in the bone at the base of the neck.

Bottom of your neck at the front. the "V" of bone at the top of your breastbone.

5. External occipital protuberance.

The bony bump at the base of the skull, midline at the back of the head.

Think of this bump as the top of your midline.

Where the nuchal ligament attaches to the skull.

The occipital protuberance, the bump on the back of the skull on the median plane/midline
side view of the body showing the median plane in 2D. the linea alba up the front of the abdomen from pubic symphysis between the legs to the xiphoid process of the sternum/breastbone.  On the back of the body the supraspinous and nuchal ligaments form a continuous structure from head to tail - occipital process on the back of the skull to the lumbar/sacral region of the lower back.

The eventual aim is to feel your full alignment, the thread from pubic symphysis to external occipital protuberance. The linea alba and nuchal and supraspinous ligaments are part of this thread.

Sensory Information.

Many parts of the body provide sensory information to help you feel your midline:


Feel the air flow as you breath in and up through your nostrils.


Breathe out through your mouth and feel the air flow through your lips.

A drawing of cross-section of a head showing placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth in various positions. Feel your midline from between front incisor teeth to curling your tongue up onto the hard palette.


Many disiplines mention tongue position.  From placing the tip of your tongue behind your central incisors (front teeth), to rolling your tongue up and backwards so the under-surface contacts along the hard palette (roof of mouth).

Use your tongue and hard palette to provide sensory feedback about the relative positions of your skull and jaw.

Experiment, see what helps to feel the position in relation to your Base-Line.

body alignment and balance the median plane Focus on your Base-Line muscles and start to feel what true body alignment is.

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