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By Andrea Olsen

BodyStories is a ebook that engages the final reader in addition to the intense scholar of anatomy. Thirty-one days of studying periods heighten expertise approximately each one bone and physique procedure and supply self-guided experiences. The publication attracts on Ms. Olsen's thirty years as a dancer and instructor of anatomy to teach how our attitudes and ways to our physique impact us each day. fun and insightful own tales liven up the textual content and supply methods of operating with the physique for potency and for therapeutic. BodyStories is used as a first-rate textual content in university dance departments, therapeutic massage colleges, and yoga education courses across the world.

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Pull on this much used joint. In a relaxed state, the jaw would hang open, pulled by gravity. Keeping your mouth shut necessitates constant contraction of the masseter muscles, which can be felt by massaging your jaw and cheeks. The masseter is involved in chewing and is one of the strongest muscles of the body. The hyoid bone is a delicate free-floating bone on the front of the neck. Shaped like a small horseshoe, it is suspended by ligaments from the skull (from the styloid processes) and stabilized by muscles attaching to the floor of the tongue and to the mandible.

The lumbar curve (our "lower back") formed last, after the arboreal "swinger" returned to the ground as a semiquadriped. The transition then to upright posture was accompanied by the anterior (forward) curve of the lumbar segment. These characteristics prepared the way for two-footed, vertical posture: a bipedal stance. Two-footed alignment involved a high center of gravity over a small base of support (the feet). The vertical axis was constantly swaying over this base, requiring contraction and release of the muscles of the lower legs to keep on balance.

These characteristics prepared the way for two-footed, vertical posture: a bipedal stance. Two-footed alignment involved a high center of gravity over a small base of support (the feet). The vertical axis was constantly swaying over this base, requiring contraction and release of the muscles of the lower legs to keep on balance. A subtle shift past the base initiated walking, striding, or running. In effect, they were constantly falling. Instability is basic to our bipedal stance. Vertical alignment brought new possibilities for life on the ground.

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