The five main muscles of movement provide the central framework for the body to work as it should. Flexible and balanced with a full range of natural movement. Free of tension and pain.
Links to the 'keeping it simple' sections can be found on the anatomy index page:
Think of working with your main muscles of movement in 3 (over-lapping) stages:
1. Find your Base-Line.
Pelvic floor 'Base', rectus abdominis 'Line'.
Think of your Base-Line muscles as your body's core pillar of strength, from where all movement should originate.
Working from Base-Line will increase your body-awareness by developing the connection between body and mind, allowing you to experience your sense of proprioception on a conscious level.
2. Connect your Base-Line to your legs.
The gluteus maximus muscles link the legs to Base-Line support.
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 may 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 as you breathe with your Base-Line. Move as feels natural.
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.
By focusing on how you use the 5 main muscles of movement you can feel how to improve your posture.