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Tensegrity | tensional integrity | Anatomy Trains | Myofacial Meridians

Tensegrity | tensional integrity | Anatomy Trains | Myofacial Meridians



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Essentials about Anatomy Trains. About Tensegrity, Myofacial meridians, stretching, connective tissue
Essentials about Anatomy Trains. About Tensegrity, Myofacial meridians, stretching, connective tissue

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Tensegrity | tensional integrity | Anatomy Trains june 2010
Tensegrity | tensional integrity | Anatomy trains
is borrowed from an architect, engineer, scientist anddreamer whom Carlos Castaneda admired: R. Buckminster Fuller.In the world of Carlos Castaneda this represents
magical passes: 
 positions and movements of body and breath that were dreamt andstalked by men and women seers who lived in Mexico in ancient times,as taught to Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelarand Carol Tiggs by their teacher by don Juan Matus
a Yaqui Indianfrom Yuma, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico, and the heir to a lineage ofseers that originates in Mexico of ancient times.[ http://www.castaneda.com/  ]
Youtube: Carlos Castaneda's Tensegrity Volume One
R. Buckminster Fuller
described tensegrity as a combination of
tensional integrity,
the forces at work in a structure that is formed by afinite network of compression, or rigid elements interconnected throughtensile, or elastic elements which give the structure its overall integrity.Due to this elastic property of interconnections, when one element ofthe tensegrity structure is shifted, this shift is spread throughout thewhole structure, and all the other elements shift as well, or adapt for anew configuration, yielding to these shifts without breaking.
Playing with tensegrity
Anatomy Trains
Thomas W. Meyers sees
in action inthe fascia of our own body.In Anatomy Trains
explained as …
a model forunderstanding the geometry of the body, on both a micro- and amacro-cosmic scale, that leads to many new insights in terms of bodyconnectivity, the relation between stability and movement, and how we
can develop what might be called “Spatial Medicine”.
 Anatomy Trains Training allows you to unravel and resolve complexpatterns of posture and body use. To facilitate the client's progressiveunfolding into innate balance, length, and a feeling of 'home' in thebody. A wide vocabulary of touch and movement is used to create thisopening with a minimum of discomfort and a maximum ofempowerment.
Youtube: Anatomy Trains, 2nd ed: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists
What is tensegrity?
"The word 'tensegrity' is aninvention: a contraction of 'tensionalintegrity.'Tensegrity describes a structural-relationship principle in whichstructural shape is guarenteed bythe finitely closed, comprehensivelycontinuous, tensional behaviors ofthe system and not by thediscontinuous and exclusively localcompressional member behaviors.Tensegrity provides the ability toyield increasingly without ultimatelybreaking or coming asunder"
Richard Buckminster Fuller(http://www.tensegrity.com/ ) 
-Miller's study actuallygives very nice evidence for theplantar fascia demo trick (of gettingthe whole posterior back linelengthened from a firm stretch of theplantar fascia of the specific leg). Hisstudy only demonstrates thetransmission from proximal to distal;yet this makes it also 'more thanlikely' that a fresh cadavermeasurement with a plantar fasciastretch (i.e. foot dorsiflexion) wouldalso transmit in a proximal directionwith similar magnitude.[ http://www.anatomytrains.com/ 
Tensegrity | tensional integrity | Anatomy Trains june 2010
Anatomy Trains | Myofacial Meridians
Myofascial Meridians
Anatomy Trains gives you another understanding ofwhole-body patterning in posture and function in terms of Myofacial Meridians.
Pathways of “stretch lines” in the connective tissue of the body.
These MyofacialMeridians are the main actors in the interplay of movement and stability as is
recognized earlier as “Tensegrity”.
 Myofacial Meridians are in described in terms of:Superficial Back Line (SBL)Superficial Front Line (SFL)Lateral Line (LL)Spiral Line (SL)Arm lines
Superficial Front Arm Line (SFAL)
Superficial Back Arm Line (SBAL)
Deep Front Arm Line (DFAL)
Deep Back Arm Line (DBALDeep Front Line (DFL)Functional Line (FL)The Anatomy Trains website shows one an on-going inquiry into the significance of form and shape. About how we make patterns, and the limits ofchange and development with new 'in-form-ation'.
Types of Connective Tissue
Loose Connective Tissue 
In vertebrates, the most common type ofconnective tissue is loose connective tissue. It holds organs in place andattaches epithelial tissue to other underlying tissues. Loose connective tissue is named based on the"weave" and type of its constituent fibers. There are three main types:
Collagenous Fibers 
Collagenous fibers are made of collagen and consist of bundles offibrils that are coils of collagen molecules.
Elastic Fibers 
Elastic fibers are made of elastin and are stretchable.
Reticular Fibers 
Reticular fibers join connective tissues to other tissues.2)
Fibrous Connective Tissue 
Found in tendons and ligaments and is composed of large amounts ofclosely packed collagenous fibers.
3) Specialized Connective Tissues Adipose 
Loose connective tissue that stores fat.
Fibrous connective tissue that is composed of closely packed collagenous fibers ina rubbery gelatinous substance called chondrin. The skeletons of sharks and human embryos arecomposed of cartilage. Cartilage also provides flexible support for certain structures in adulthumans including the nose, trachea and ears.
Mineralized connective tissue that contains collagen and calcium phosphate, amineral crystal. Calcium phosphate gives bone its firmness.
Interestingly enough, blood is considered to be a type of connective tissue. Eventhough it has a different function in comparison to other connective tissues it does have anextracellular matrix. The matrix is the plasma and erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets aresuspended in the plasma.(about.com) 
An imaginary great [line]on [a surface] passingthrough the North andSouth poles. All points onthe same meridian have thesame longitude.
Understanding the'Superficial Back Line' (SBL)as a whole gives insightsinto hamstring problemsthat you cannot get fromconsidering the hamstringsalone.The 'Spiral Line' (SL)shows how to resolverotational compensations ina way that no analysis ofany single muscle can give.
Tensegrity | tensional integrity | Anatomy Trains june 2010
Acupuncture Meridians | TCM
Acupuncture Meridians
In the
book “Anatomy trains” it
is stated these Myofacial Meridians are NOTrelated to the 12 traditional Acupuncture meridians. Where they have named these Meridians .. Lung,Large intestine, Stomach, Spleen-Pancreas, Heart, Small intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Triple Warmer,Circulation Sex, Liver and Gall bladder. These meridians
as noticed from a different system
are relatedto their respectively related organ.
Extraordinary Meridians
In Acupuncture [Traditional Chinese Medicine
you canfind the description of Extraordinary Meridians. These eight extraordinary meridians
pathways of energy(Qi)
, run deep within our bodies, and supply the 12 regular meridians with Qi and blood, supporting ourDNA or genetic heritage. They have no direct connections to the organ systems and, with the exception ofthe pairing of Du Mai [Governing Vessel
GV] and Ren Mai [Central Vessel
CV], share points with the12 regular meridians. [ http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=30252 ] As you study the Extraordinary Meridians you will find a REMARKABLE relationship of the flow andlocation of the following meridians (Myofacial and Acupuncture)
Myofacial Acupuncture (Extraordinary Meridians)
Superficial Back Line (SBL)
Du Mai: Governing Vessel
Superficial Front Line (SFL)
Ren Mai: Conception Vessel
Lateral Line (LL)
?? Linking Vessels ??Spiral Line (SL)
Dai Mai: Belt Meridian
Arm lines - Superficial Front Arm Line (SFAL)
?? Linking Vessels ??- Superficial Back Arm Line (SBAL)
?? Linking Vessels ??- Deep Front Arm Line (DFAL)
?? Linking Vessels ??- Deep Back Arm Line (DBAL)
?? Linking Vessels ??Deep Front Line (DFL)
Chong Mai: Penetrating Vessel
Functional Line
(apposed toprevious postural Lines)
Working with acupuncture
Acupuncture meridians traditionally are believed to constitute channelsconnecting the surface of the body to internal organs.It is hypothesized that the network of acupuncture points and meridians can be viewed as a representationof the network formed by interstitial connective tissue. This hypothesis is supported by ultrasound imagesshowing connective tissue cleavage planes at acupuncture points in normal human subjects.To test this hypothesis, acupuncture points were mapped in serial gross anatomical sections through thehuman arm. This research showed an 80% correspondence between the sites of acupuncture points andthe location of inter-muscular or intra-muscular connective tissue planes in postmortem tissue sections.(Article THE ANATOMICAL RECORD)

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