Base-Line Healing


3. Connect Your Base-Line

To Your Legs.

the gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles on a skeleton. Working together to support each leg and align the legs to torso.

It should be possible to move each leg through a full range of movement in a smooth and controlled manner, without effort or strain.

This is possible when the gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles of each leg are working together, linking to Base-Line.

They are solid support muscles that correctly position the legs to the body, aligning the hip and knee joints.

Aim for balanced contraction of both muscles, left and right sides.

In all positions.

Keeping it simple...

your gluteus maximus muscles.

glu-tEE-us  maxi-mus

the gluteus maximus muscles, your big ass muscles covering the pelvis when seen from behind, with the sarcum lying inbetween the left and right muscles. Female rounder shape. Male more rhomboid

The superficial muscle layer of the buttocks - covering a lot of complicated anatomy prone to pain and injury.

The gluteus maximus muscles are the largest skeletal muscles of the body.

"Buns of steel" - solid rocks that should anchor your legs to your Base-Line.

Hands on buttocks. Feel these muscles contract and tighten.

gluteus maximus muscles your big ass muscles

gluteus maximus in detail

Keeping it simple...

your rectus femoris muscles

rek-tus  fem-OR-is

A strong pole down the front of each thigh, the rectus femoris muscles span the hip and knee joints.

the rectus femoris and rectus abdominis muscles seen on a skeleton.  From pelvis to shin, the rectus femoris muscles are like a solid pole down the front of the thigh, crossing the hip and knee joints. The rectus femoris turns into solid connective tissue (ligament/tendon) as it approaches the knee. The kneecap is a sesamoid bone within the connective tissue of the rectus femoris.

Below the knee, feel for the lump at the front of your shin bone (tibia). Run your hands up over your kneecaps and front of your thighs to just below the sticking-out bone at the front of your pelvis (hip bone). This is the full extent of the rectus femoris muscle.

Aim for the whole muscle to be solid and strong.

Pulling your kneecaps up and a downward force from hips.

rectus femoris in detail

Technique Tips.

The gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles connecting the base-line muscles to the legs

Move around and find positions where you can feel some connection to your gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles.

Try shifting from leg to leg, feeling for balance in the activation of left and right sides of these muscles. Use your Base-Line as your central reference.

This may put you in to some asymmetric positions. A leg sticking out, an ankle turned.... You are starting to feel the twists and kinks on your body when considering the rest of your body's position in relation to your Base-Line.

individual trauma imprints.

Work from your positions of strength, find the exercises that are easiest for you. If you are not used to using these muscles, it will take time and practice.

Walking like I'm on stilts (something I never 'got' before).  Releasing my hips, little by little and gaining a bit more freedom to move each time.

gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles connecting the Base-Line muscles to the legs

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