Base-Line Healing


Base-Line Theory:

Body Alignment and Balance.

Alignment has many definitions, the two most relevant to Base-Line theory are:


1. Arrangement in a straight line.

2. Arranged in the correct relative positions.

The straight line reference for body alignment is known as the median plane - the line that splits the body into left and right halves.   Our midline.

For the body to be aligned the anatomical structures on the median plane must be able to form a perfect straight line (when viewed from the front or back).   For this to be possible the body must be free from physical restrictions and tensions, allowing these structures to reach their maximal extension and thus form a straight line.

the median plane the line that splits the body into equal left and right halves. Our true midline and the anatomical structures that sit on this line are what need to be arranged in a straight line, when viewed from the front or back, for the body to be aligned and balanced.
The median plane, a 2-dimensional shape when seen from the side. The linea alba, nuchal ligament and supraspinous ligament all lie on the median plane.

When viewed from the side, the median plane is a 2D shape.

The linea alba, nuchal and supraspinous ligaments are the key anatomical structures on the median plane to focus on for body alignment.

Body alignment: "When the anatomical structures on the median plane can be arranged in a perfect straight line." (when viewed from the front or back)

Anatomical markers for body alignment.

The correct relative positions for body alignment refers to the relative positioning of the main muscles of movement.

There should be a balance between the left and right of each of the main muscles, and they should be free to move - to align to Base-Line.

The hip, knee and shoulder joints are positioned correctly when the main muscles of movement are functioning.

body alignment hips and shoulders are aligned when the main muscles of movement are balanced and in the correct relative positions in relation to your baseline. figure showing shoulders and trapezius muscles aligned.  hips between rectus femoris and gluteus maximus muscles of each leg aligned.  rectus abdominis and linea alba on the median plane.

Body alignment: When the main muscles of movement can be arranged in their correct relative positions. When they can be felt to be balanced and correctly positioned.

The median plane, when looking from front to back it is a line straight down the middle of the body splitting the body into left and right halves. The reference for body balance and alignment.

The linea alba and nuchal supraspinous ligaments are like a imaginary ribbon from head to pelvis. A strong flexible band - like a fishing line being cast/ ribbon in the wind / snake!...

By learning to fully use the muscles that lie either side of these structures (the rectus abdominis and trapezius muscles respectively) we can begin to feel their relative positions - our Base-Line for body alignment.

Working towards alignment - regaining your full range of natural movement and maximal extension of your midline.

Working towards alignment means releasing restrictions and regaining full range of movement. smoothing out the kinks and twists so our midline can achieve maximal extensionand our mmm are balanced.

Conscious Proprioception - Balance and Alignment.

Alignment is something you FEEL, using your sense of conscious proprioception.   Focus on your Base-Line muscles being at the core of all movement and the position of the rest of the body being relative to these muscles.

(In my opinion) it is hard for someone else to accurately assess your alignment.   Micro-adjustments in your posture have big effects on your Base-Line alignment, too subtle and too complex to appreciate on clinical exam.

free to move without restrictions.


1. A situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

2. Mental or emotional stability.

3. Harmony of design and proportion.

A balanced body:The body is stable, equilibrium, in harmony balanced around the median plane.

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