The gluteus maximus muscles connect the legs to Base-Line.
The rectus femoris muscles align the hip and knee joints.
Working in tandem, these muscles correctly position the legs to the body and support the them through a full range of natural movement.
Keeping it simple...
The gluteus maximus are the largest skeletal muscles of the body.
The superficial muscle layer of the buttocks, covering a lot of complicated anatomy that is prone to pain and injury.
Hands on buttocks.
Feel these muscles contract and tighten.
Keeping it simple...
Think of your rectus femoris muscles as strong poles down the front of each thigh, from pelvis to shin.
The rectus femoris muscles cross the hip and knee joints, correctly aligning the legs to the torso when they are fully activated.
Locate your rectus femoris muscles.
Below the knee, feel for the bump at the front of your shin bone (tibia).
Run your hands up over your kneecaps and the front of your thighs to the sticking-out bone at the front of your pelvis (hip bone).
This is the full extent of the rectus femoris muscles.
Think of pulling your kneecaps up
and a downward force from your hips.
The whole of both muscles should
be solid and strong.
Keep your primary focus on your Base-Line. Your core pillar of strength. The centre of your body, from where your head and limbs extend.
Move around to find the positions where you can activate your gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles.
Pulling my kneecaps up. Imagining a straight line from shin to hip.
Trying to contract my big ass muscles and not the smaller muscles that lie underneath.
Move about to try to feel for balance between left and right sides of these muscles. This may put you in to some asymmetric positions.
...one leg in front of the other, a foot turning in, a leg sticking out to the side ...
This means you are starting to feel the imbalance and misalignment of your body, the twists and kinks stored on your body according to your individual trauma imprint.
Work from your positions of strength. Find exercises that are easiest for you to do whilst focusing on your main muscles.
If you are not used to using these muscles it will take time and practice to build the connection.
Feeling the clicking in my hips as little by little I released the physical restrictions and gained a little more freedom to move each time.
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