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Fig. A1.2 Body straps, side view. The
meridians of latitude girdle the body at
various levels (mostly, please note, at
the levels of spinal transitions).
(Reproduced with kind permission from
Schultz and Feitis 1996.)
will extend laterally to form an arch across
the abdomen to the lower ribs on each side -
particularly to the free tip of the 11th rib. It travels
backward along the lower ribs, ending at the
junction of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae.
4. The 4th band is in the area just below the nipples
(chest band) and is visually the most apparent. It
is usually a non-moving depressed area on the
chest; the skin seems glued down onto the ribs
and muscle. Laterally, it extends along the lower
border of the pectoralis major, across the mid-
lateral chest, and down the lateral margin of the
latissimus dorsi where it begins to run parallel to
the scapula toward the arm. The strap appears to
tie the lower tip of the scapula to the back ribs and
includes the dorsal hinge of the spine. When this
strap is pronounced, there is not only a depressed
mid-chest, but also an inability to expand the ribs
sideways in breathing.
5. The 5th strap at the shoulders (collar band)
involves the clavicle and is part of the tissue
gluing the clavicle to the 1st and 2nd ribs in front.
It can be felt as a pad of tissue just below and
deep to the collar bone (clavicle). It extends
laterally to the tip of the shoulder, with some
fibers fanning down into the armpit. The strap
continues toward the back on the inside and
outside of the upper border of the shoulder blade
(scapula), and ends at the junction of cervical and
thoracic vertebrae.
6. The area below the chin (chin band) is an area
of concentration of fibers and padding which
includes the hyoid bone and the base of the jaw,
passing just below the ear, and including the
Fig. A1.1 Body retinacula: the seven body bands of the torso
(see also Fig. A1.2). Dr Schultz has described another useful set
of fascial meridians: the meridians of latitude. These bands lie in
the more superficial layers of fascia for the most part, but may
have connections into underlying layers and can thus affect the
working transmission of the myofascial meridians described in this
book. (Reproduced with kind permission from Schultz and Feitis
1996.)
downward to the region of the pubic bone. This
band extends laterally along the upper margin of
the large wings of the pelvic bones (ilia), ending at
the lumbosacral junction.
3. The 3rd band crosses the abdomen (belly/
umbilical band) and is perhaps the most variable
in location. It may cross at the umbilicus
(sometimes creating a crease in the abdominal
wall extending out on either side of the
umbilicus), or it may lie midway between the
umbilicus and the midcostal arch (tying together
the two sides of the costal arch). In either case, it
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