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Part I Summer/Fall
2009 Correcting Rotations
Rotations are more often than
not systemic. The muscles involved tend to be on the diagonal
from one another until you get into
deeper layers and then they can switch to a line of force and
the opposite diagonal for a correction or two.
When I work with
rotations, I usually start with four muscles: the low traps, the
psoas’, the serratus’ anterior,
and the gluteus maximus’ to see what is strong and what is
switching off. I definitely check triads. See my DVD Reactive Triads
or ask someone who has.
Muscles must appropriately switch on to
improve alignment- notice, when you activate a muscle, whether
alignment improves or worsens.
Work with the muscles toward improvement.
For example: imagine
in the prone position one glut is rotated toward the ceiling. Having
the person press down on one serratus
anterior brings better alignment, the other worse. Testing the
low trapezius in the prone position, one brings better alignment,
the other worse. Activating the opposite psoas to the raised glut
should bring better alignment. The three muscles that bring better
alignment to the glut maximus in question, are the muscles you
will be working with- at least at first, in the pattern of reactive
pairs and triads. There will most likely come a time within this
process where you will find that the opposite muscle pattern is
suddenly switching off, for a correction or two, and then reverts
back to the original offending pattern - as your work brings you
closer and closer to deep muscles close to the skeleton.
working with the original problem muscle patterns adequately, sometimes
a lot of work, sometimes none or not much, you will move
to the skeletal erectors in conjunction with these four muscles
and the low abdominals. Start with checking the four above indicated
muscles against the cervicals, then the thoracics, then lumbar,
stimulate the sacrum. Correct as you go, working out those small
spinal muscles that are switching off the muscles you’re
After making all corrections necessary, go back
to what didn’t
originally switch off even thought you expected it to when you
initially activated the various erectors or the initial patterns
and see if they switch off now. This is important. The ones that
show up the second time around and that you then correct are the
very ones that otherwise draw the body back into misalignment after
the person gets off your table.
Don’t get caught in thinking “ I
already corrected that.” or “I already tested that
and it worked, even though I thought it wasn’t going to.” The
patterns that chronically switch off in response to changes in
are the very ones that you need to chronically check back with
to make sure they are still switching on to make sure they will
switch on no matter what the alignment.
Good luck, any questions
feel free to give me a call.
Tip of the season:
key patterns throughout the session. Just because you corrected
a key pattern once during a session doesn’t mean other work
you’ve done during the session to improve skeletal alignment
isn’t effecting it – notably exposing new muscle fibers
that aren’t activating and, hence, that muscle that was working
a moment ago may be switching off again in that pattern you corrected
earlier. You need to recheck, especially when the skeletal alignment
reverts in response to something you just corrected and if a muscle
that was relaxed is now tight again. This creates real staying
power from a session.
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