Monthly Archives: February 2012

Shoulder Girdle Mobility and Stability


Did you know that without the collarbone your shoulder would have no bony attachments to the body?  Just like a chicken wing, it would just be attached through muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  The same is true for the your dog, … Continue reading

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Questions to Help You Reveal Your Torso Twist and Other Alignment Problems


  Are you right or left handed? Which way do you habitually throw the contents of a shovel or pitchfork – to the right or to the left? This will give you a hint of which way you are twisted … Continue reading

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Ahh, Breathing


At last, I’m getting around to breathing.  Most of us don’t really breathe very well.  We’re rather stuck in stress breathing – hunched over, shoulders up and forward, back slumped, head forward, and tense. Stand or sit up tall and … Continue reading

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Head and Neck Placement


So, now, on to Head and Neck Placement. The head should be directly over the shoulders, shoulders directly over the ribcage, ribcage directly over the hips, hips directly over the knees, and knees directly over the feet. 

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Ribcage Placement


On to the ribcage placement.  Once you have found pelvis neutral while lying down and knees up, try to keep your 12th rib on the mat.  This may be difficult for people who want to live in imprint (flat back).

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Finding and Activating the Pelvic Floor


  The pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles going in lots of directions at the lower end of the pelvis.  Getting ahold of the pelvic floor is necessary for efficient and effective movement; it aids in … Continue reading

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Neutral Pelvis


  The ideal alignment/placement of the pelvis is in the “neutral” position. Neutral pelvis is when the plane made by the pubic bone and what we call the points of hip are parallel to the floor when lying down or … Continue reading

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