I had a good idea to become a therapist and my world became a lot bigger or ‘deeper’, haha…, as some would say. When I say my world is deeper I mean the body isn’t just its muscles, stressors and skin texture, but also its structure. That structure is what gives ‘ground’ to the muscles and the stressors. And when that ground can be aligned to its highest potential, then the muscles will naturally follow suit. But a certain negative holding pattern may shift and a certain hindering physical tendency may go away.
And so balance it means that like a pendulum, when balanced, it comes to center and… rests. This ‘center’ enables the person to feel ‘lighter’ and taller in their body, feels ‘younger’ in their body with the weight of time appearing to have been lifted. It lends itself to allowing the body to be ‘at ease on the earth’ rather than being weighed down by it.
For instance picture a bowling ball balancing on a ‘stick’. This is similar to how the head, which weighs approximately 10-12 pounds, precariously perches on seven cervical vertebrae and disks and is supported only by a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The cervical vertebrae connect to the thoracic and lumbar spines and the trunk lends its bulk to supply a base for the neck. The muscles work constantly to support the head in its many positions. The posture of the shoulders, neck and head influences the condition and tonicity of the muscles. When the shoulders are rounded forward from slumping in a chair, the head tries to compensate for the posture by assuming a forward position not unlike that of a turtle sticking its neck out of its shell. However, this does present a problem…
And then the results over time could be increased tension, headaches, muscular hypertonicity, trigger points and postural acceptance of the head-forward posture. For these reasons it is important using massage techniques on all the head and neck muscles because they balance each other and are really part of the total joint action. With bodywork therapy methods I ‘look’ at the actions of the client and then examine the opposing muscles: Which muscles are being stretched or lengthened (eccentric contraction) by the action? Which muscles are synergists (concentric contraction)? What are the primary actors or agonists, assistants or synergists and opposing actors or antagonists and which muscles are constantly stabilizing the joint? There may not be enough of action in there. The position of the head when it is resting on a pillow or when the person is reading or working at a desk may stress the muscles that need to provide brakes, stability or action for the head and neck. Remember this particular aspect makes the joints and soft-tissue structures of the head and neck more complicated than others in the body.
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