Base-Line Healing


Body Alignment and Balance

"Body alignment" and "a balanced body" are common phrases in many disciplines.

But what do "body alignment" and "a balanced body" actually mean?

Three (of the many) definitions for balanced:

1. Different parts of something that exist in equal or correct amounts.

2. A state of equilibrium, being in harmonious arrangement.

3. Mental or emotional stability.

Alignment has many definitions, including:

1. Arrangement in a straight line.

2. Arranged in the correct relative positions.

The straight line for body alignment is created when our midline anatomy can be arranged on the median plane.

the median plane

Left and right sides of the body are balanced either side of this line.

body alignment and balance what do they mean? Alignment and balance need a reference line. Our midline anatomy and the median plane are what we should think about when talking about body alignment and balance. Image of a human figure viewed from the front. Showing a line straight down the middle. splitting the body into left and right halves from head to pelvis i.e. left and right sides of the body are balanced either side of midline.  The midline anatomy is at full extension, in alignment, creating the median plane.

When the body is balanced and aligned it is free of physical tensions and associated pain.

Our midline anatomy that should align on the median plane includes:

Side view of midline slice of a human figure - the median plane, a 2 dimensional shape when seen from the side. Showing the cup shaped pelvic floor at the base of the bodoy. The linea alba at the front of the body from the pubic symphysis of the pelvis to the xiphoid process at the front of the rib cage on the body's midline. The nuchal ligament and supraspinous ligament are a continuous structure at the back of the body. From the midline bump on back of skull known as the external occipital protuberance, extending down to the lower lumbar area of the back. The nuchal ligament and supraspinous ligaments are curved down neck to mid back and then another curve to the lower spine. Our linear midline anatomy that should be fully extendable and flexible through a full range of natural movement for the body to be dynamically balanced and in alignment.

linea albanuchal & supraspinous ligamentsmidline markers

Body alignment and balance:

When our midline anatomy can align on the median plane.

The body is balanced either side of midline.

For our midline anatomy to align on the median plane it needs to be free to fully extend. This is possible when the body has a full range of natural movement.

full range of natural movement

Body Alignment and the 5 Main Muscles for a Full Range of Natural Movement.

The 5 (paired) main muscles of movement are responsible for aligning our midline anatomy (linea alba, nuchal and supraspinous ligaments) and correctly positioning the head, shoulders, hips and knees.

5 main muscles of movement

skeleton and main muscles of movement seen from the front. Highlighting the positioning of the hip shoulder and knee joints when the body is balanced. Good posture comes with midline alignment. When the main muscles of movement are fully utilised the rest of the body falls into line, correctly positioned.

The linea alba is closely associated with the Base-Line muscles. Located between the rectus abdominis muscles up the front of the abdomen, with the pelvic floor at its base.

Base-Line muscles

The nuchal and supraspinous ligaments lie between the trapezius muscles.

The rectus femoris muscles align the hip and knee joints and work in tandem with the gluteus maximus muscles to support the legs through a full range of natural movement.

These are the 5 main muscles that are crucial to aligning and balancing the body - to having a good posture and enjoying pain-free movement.

good posture

Awareness of your state of alignment and balance.

Your state of alignment and balance are something you can learn to judge for yourself by consciously focusing on the relevant anatomy. This will increase your awareness of your sense of proprioception (your sense of position, motion and balance).

conscious proprioception

Working with the 5 main muscles of movement, starting from your Base-Line muscles, will build this connection between body and mind.

Conscious proprioception allows you to sense the relative positioning of your body and develops your instincts of how to move in order to improve your posture and reduce the pain.

Learn to use your main muscles of movement to balance and align your body.

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

Every night, lying in bed trying to position my hips and shoulders and 'align my spine'. Trying to ease the pain. But I had no inner reference to guide me. No connection to my Base-Line.

I learned to feel how to heal.

Releasing the pain and regaining a full range of natural movement.

Everything starts from Base-Line.

skeleton and outline of human figure seen from the front. Midline is marked with a thick line from head to pelvis. Showing the rectus abdominis and pelvic floor muscles. Our body's baseline and key to feeling out midline and true alignment and balance.

Think of the linea alba and nuchal supraspinous ligaments as an imaginary thread from pubic symphysis of the pelvis to the back of the head. A strong and flexible band from head to tail that should be fully extendable, smooth through a full range of movement without tension or restriction. Like a fishing line being cast/ a ribbon in the wind / a powerful snake, extending and twisting, supporting the rest of the body.

human figure seen from front showing the body in alignment, where the midline anatomy lies on the median plane. The shoulders, hips, knees and the rest of the body in the correct relative positions, balanced either side of midline. We have a good posture. The Base-Line muscles, pelvic floor at the base of the body and the rectus abdominis muscles our central line are the key to feeling the relative positioning of the body by providing sensory feedback about the positioning of our midline linea alba between the rectus abdominis muscles and associated midline markers, the pubic symphysis of the pelvis, the navel /belly button and the xiphoid process of the breastbone. Feeling your baseline develops your sense of conscious proprioception.

The Body - Balanced and Aligned.

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