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comes up again for integration in the 9th and 12th
session as well.
3. The middle four sessions really explore and
reorganize the core in a manner not attempted by
other bodywork approaches. These sessions
extend the connections of 'core' far beyond the
usual meaning of the pelvic floor and inner
abdominal muscles to a coherent fascial unity that
runs from the bottom of the foot to the skull. The
last of these, the 8th session (for the neck and
head) is a fulcrum between the differentiation and
integration - it both completes the first and begins
the second.
With the proviso that each session differs in empha-
sis, method, and order depending on the client's indi-
vidual pattern, the sessions unfold in the following
manner (more detail can be found in the chapters regard-
ing the details of addressing each line listed, as well as
on the website www.anatomytrains.com):
The Anatomy Trains 'recipe'
Superficial sessions
Session 1
Open the Superficial Front Line, and differentiate Super-
ficial and Deep Front Arm Lines from axial body (Fig.
A2.5).
Goals:
• Introduce the client to deep, direct fascial work
• Open the breath in the front, disengage patterns of
fear
• In general, lift the Superficial Front Line, and open
the Front Arm Lines distally
Key structures:
• Ankle retinacula and crural fascia
• Subcostal arch and sternal fascia
• Sternocleidomastoid
Fig. A2.3 Given that the stick on the top and the stick on the
bottom have the same mass, the stick on the bottom has a lower
'moment of inertia'. Imagining that the stick is suspended from its
middle, a large amount of turns in the string would be necessary
to set the stick in motion. On the bottom, we can intuit that only a
few turns of the string would set the stick in rapid motion. The
mass is the same in both; the difference between the two is the
distance from the axis of rotation of the mass. One sees the same
effect in figure skating, where the skater starts to spin slowly with
her arms out. When she brings her arms into her body, lowering
her moment of inertia, the speed increases to a blur. Putting the
arms back out allows her to slow again. Slouching, taking a wide
stance, or any of the tilts and shifts described in Chapter 11 will
increase our moment of inertia and make movement just that
much harder, necessitating excess muscle tension and fascial
binding that forces compression into the joints.
Session 2
Open the Superficial Back Line, and differentiate the
Superficial Back and Deep Back Arm Lines from axial
body (Fig. A2.6).
Goals:
• Deepen the touch into the heavy fascia and
endurance fibers of the back
• Improve grounding, bringing the client into their
legs and feet
• Bring initial balance to the primary and secondary
curves
• In general, drop the Superficial Back Line, and even
the tonus of the Back Arm Lines
Key structures:
• Plantar aponeurosis
• Hamstring fascia
• Erector spinae
• Suboccipital muscles
the front and back of the trunk, generally come
in for consideration during these integrating
sessions.
2. Opening the lower leg, line by line, compartment
by compartment, is spread over the first five
sessions, giving plenty of time to open and
balance the foundation of our structure. This area
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