Links to the 'keeping it simple' anatomy sections are listed in the anatomy index.
Don't get bogged down in the anatomical details - you need to know where these muscles are on your body, not what all the bits are called.
For ease of explanation, think of 3 (over-lapping) stages:
1. Find your Base-Line.
Pelvic floor Base, rectus abdominis Line. The key muscles to connecting body and mind and feeling how improve posture and regain movement.
Think of your Base-Line muscles as your body's core pillar of strength that should support all movement.
2. Connect your Base-Line to your legs.
The gluteus maximus muscles link the legs to Base-Line support and the rectus femoris muscles align hip and knee joints.
3. Connect your Base-Line to your upper body.
The trapezius muscles connect the head and arms to Base-Line support and are responsible for aligning the upper body.
It takes concentration and practice to activate muscles if you are not used to using them. Give your brain time to figure out where to send the messages. It'll make mistakes along the way (activating wrong areas of muscles), or sometimes it might feel nothing seems to be happening, but keep trying...
Relax, take a few deep breaths and think of your midline extending. Try moving around and touch the bones where the muscles attach to help locate them.
Active focus on the right muscles increases body awareness, enhancing the body-mind connection.
At some point, the messages will get through to the right destination. From then on, it becomes easier to find the connection again.
Please contact me if you have any comments or suggestions on how to make the anatomy pages as easy to understand as possible - or if you've anything else you'd like to say!