Details on Action Areas

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Within the skeleton of the body, we define four main action areas.
These areas communicate and activate to create coordination from the actions between them to create stability of a living posture fulfilled with energy in balance.

1) Base Action Area

The base consists of the feet, legs, pelvis as well as the lower part of spine up to the tenth thoracic vertebra (T10).
Nine of the 19 gravities belong to it and make up 60% of the total body weight.
The coordination between the different parts of the base is very important to create a stable foundation for the flexibility and freedom of the upper part.
For details on how to activate the base, see Activity Lines in the Base. But note already the important fact that the base always needs to be activated in relationship to the ankles:
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The Purpose and the Use of the Foot

The use of ankle and foot have three purposes:
  1. Absorbing the weight through the upper ankle joint and distribute the weight into the heel, outside to the little toe as well as the base joint of the big toe (see Centring of Release).
  2. The lower ankle joint in relation to the upper ankle joint creates the space for freedom of the spiral between the heel and the front part of the foot.
    Then, the muscles slinging around the root of the foot (Pereneus longus and tibialis anterior) can now activate the spiral (see the picture below).
  3. After this, the lower ankle joint transfers the weight to activate the impulse platform to create a rebounce.
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L5 Action Area within the Base

The fifth lumbar vertebra (L5) is one of the four golden fives in the spine. It is:
  • the centre for the activity in the base
  • the meeting point between the weight of the upper body coming down and Li power coming up.
Together with the pelvis bones, it forms the “L5 action area”.
From L5, the pelvis bones hang down to be able to be free for activities and communication between the bones themselves.
This freedom gives the possibility to twist the right and left halves of the pelvis in relationship to each other — which we refer to as the “twist of the pubic bone“.
One hip joint is then free to use for absorbing your own weight, while the other one is free to swing the free leg.

2) T5 Action Area


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The fifth thoracic vertebrae (T5) is placed between the shoulder blades and represents a “golden proportion point” in the body.
We therefore call it the golden proportion bone.
T5 is the key vertebrae for the T5 action area that, together with T6, T7 and the corresponding ribs, has a form that is called the “golden wave ring”.
Activating this area creates the sensation of total awareness of use of the body in movement.
The purpose of the T5 action area is to form and shape the emotion of the inner voice to start to move into the outside space.

3) Top Part of the Chest and Hands

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The top part of the chest consists of the vertebrae T1 to T4, their corresponding ribs as well as the key bones (“clavicles”), which connect to the shoulder blades, the arms and hands.
The purpose of this area is to either:
  • release into the T5 Action Area to respond to its activity to guide Qi energy through the shoulder joints into the arms and hands.
  • activate to guide Qi energy through the shoulder joints into the arms and hands.
The hands have two roles:
  • taking the impulse of the upper chest
  • activating to fulfill the impulse and let the joints be free so that the arms can follow it

4) Atlas Action Area

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The bone “Atlas” is located at the very top of the spine (C1).
In contrast to all other vertebras, it is shaped like a ring for the spinal cord to pass through and still providing enormous freedom and flexibility of movement.
We consider it the “Global Supervisor Bone” of the total body in movement.
Together with the second vertebra (C2) and the base bone of the skull (occipital bone), it forms the “Atlas action area“.

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