"Body alignment" and "a balanced body" are common phrases in many disciplines - but what do they mean?
Alignment has multiple definitions, including:
Balanced also has many definitions, including:
The body is balanced and aligned when:
To begin to increase your awareness of the positioning of your midline anatomy, use the 5 midline markers for alignment. These are 5, easy to find points, on our midline.
From bottom to top:
Touch these points on your body to help focus your attention on their location and feel for their relative positioning as you breathe.
Correct alignment of our midline anatomy creates the median plane (the slice through the middle of the body, splitting it into left and right).
Our midline anatomy that should align on the median plane includes the linea alba and the nuchal & supraspinous ligaments.
For our midline anatomy to be able to align on the median plane it needs to be free to fully extend. This is possible when the body has a full range of natural movement and no physical restrictions that cause tensions (and pain).
Achieving a body that is truly balanced and aligned takes a lot of time and work. It's a journey back to better physical health.
The 5 (paired) main muscles of movement are responsible for the body's state of balance and alignment.
When used correctly, these muscles can position our midline anatomy on the median plane. The head, shoulders, hips and knees are all in the correct relative positions.
Focus on using the 5 main muscles to their full potential to balance and align the body created a good posture.
Consciously focusing on the relevant anatomy will increase your awareness of the sensory feedback from your body so you can feel your state of alignment and balance for yourself. This sensory feedback is part of the sense of proprioception (your sense of position, motion and balance).
Conscious proprioception allows you to feel the relative positioning of your body and develops your instincts of how to move to improve your posture, working towards balance and alignment.
Working with the 5 main muscles of movement, starting from your Base-Line muscles, will build this connection between body and mind.
Every night, lying in bed trying to position my hips and shoulders and 'align my spine'. Trying to ease the pain. But I had no inner reference to guide me. No connection to my Base-Line.
I learned to feel how to heal. Releasing the pain and regaining a full range of natural movement.
Everything starts from Base-Line.
Think of the linea alba and nuchal supraspinous ligaments as an imaginary thread from pubic symphysis of the pelvis to the back of the head. A strong and flexible band from head to tail that should be fully extendable, smooth through a full range of movement without tension or restriction. Like a fishing line being cast/ a ribbon in the wind / a powerful snake, extending and twisting, supporting the rest of the body.
Having a body that is imbalanced and misaligned means experiencing: