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Fig 11.22 Even though this is
a fully fledged adult male, can
you see the childish remnants
in his body structure? The head
is the head of an adult; the
body is that of a child aged
three to six years. What does
this mean? Can it be developed
and matured at this point?
A
B
C
Fig. 11.21 Reginald before intervention (A), after (B), and one
year later with no further work (C).
strain into the upper thoracics and both the superficial
and deep pectoral muscles. In (B), the post-bodywork
picture, he is demonstrably straighter, but not demon-
strably better off. (One person, viewing only the first
two pictures, accused us of 'somatic colonialism', saying,
'You took away his naturalness and gave him a weedy
little white-boy posture! What good is that?')
Picture (C), with a year to let the work settle, tells a
different story. With the knees resting more comfortably
forward (although notice that Reginald has 'slipped
back' somewhat in this regard over the year), the pelvis
has assumed a more horizontal position relative to its
former anterior tilt. (And notice that this parameter has
improved since the end of the work.) With the pelvis
horizontal, the rib cage can orient itself vertically, with
a reduced lumbar curvature (see the section in Ch. 3 on
primary and secondary curves, p. 92). With the yoke of
the shoulder girdle now draped comfortably over the
rib cage instead of hanging off behind it, the chest and
chest muscles are more free to develop, so Reginald fills
out, deepens, and looks a different boy. Our contention
is that, left to himself, the boy on the left would not have
developed into the boy on the right in a year, but the
boy in the middle could (and did). After the initial work,
'compound essence of time' is the only medicine neces-
sary to do the job.
Notice that the improvement is not unalloyed. The
Reginald of C has reinstated the tension in the knees and
Fig. 11.23 While the rest of
the structure has grown up,
and everything has grown in
size, the pelvis of this otherwise
strong and balanced young
woman nevertheless remains
'young' and immature relative
to the rest of her. We see this
happen with sexual trauma
sometimes, but other factors
as yet unmeasured may be in
play as well.
ankles that was present in A but not in B. Not every
element in a pattern responds to any given treatment.
Can you see the underlying very small boy within the
postural pattern of the middle-aged man in Figure 11.22?
Can you see that the pelvis of the young woman in
Figure 11.23 looks 'younger' than the rest of her struc-
ture? Are such observations clinically useful? In the
latter part of this chapter we have stepped over the line
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