Anatomy of Alignment:
Find these 5 midline markers on your body.
Touch them. Feel for where they are in relation to each other to increase your awareness of your physical state of alignment.
Markers 1, 2 and 3 (the pubic symphysis, navel and xiphoid process of the sternum) are connected by the linea alba.
Where the left and right pubic bones meet midline at the front of the pelvis, joined by the pubic ligaments.
The pubic symphysis is where the clitoris / suspensory ligament of the penis is located.
The pubic symphysis is at the bottom of the linea alba and is the central point between the Base-Line muscles: pelvic floor 'Base', rectus abdominis 'Line'.
The navel (belly button) is in the middle of the linea alba.
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 attaches to the xiphoid process.
The jugular notch of the sternum is at the base of your neck at the front.
Feel for the "V" of bone at the top of your sternum (breastbone).
The sternum is a long, flat bone on the body's midline joining the xiphoid process and the jugular notch.
The bony bump at the base of the skull, midline at the back of the head, is known as the external occipital protuberance.
Think of this bump as the top of your midline.
The nuchal ligament attaches to the skull at the external occipital protuberance.
Imagine these 5 midline markers as part of a thread that runs up and down the middle of the body. The thread should be free to fully extend from pubic symphysis to external occipital protuberance, aligning these markers on the median plane, with the body balanced either side.
This alignment is possible when the body has a full range of natural movement.
Begin by focusing on activating your Base-Line muscles - stronger and longer with every in-breath - to align the linea alba and increase your awareness of the relative positions of markers 1, 2 and 3 - the pubic symphysis, navel and xiphoid process.
The body can provide a lot of sensory information about its positioning and state of alignment and balance to help you work towards alignment and feeling how to heal.
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