THE LATERAL LINES (LTL), right and left . . .
Tom Meyers developed the concepts for The Anatomy Trains. He says they "map out an actual set of connective tissues that eventually form the outer tensional network that pulls in on the skeleton to help keep it erect and in proper relationship: or not, in dysfunction."
The LTL runs from the outer arch of the foot to the ear.
In movement, it creates lateral bend of the spine, abduction at the hip, and eversion at the foot. The LTL also maintains an adjustable 'brake' for lateral and rotational movements of the trunk/torso. It works to stabilize during locomotion.
Posturally, the LTL is like tent guywires, balancing the left and right sides of your body.
The LTL contains movement more than creates it, restricting side-to-side movement which would be energetically wasteful.
Treatment for the LTL Dysfunction
KineticTapping™ (KT) opens a dialogue with subtle moving taps, from foot to ear. KT is modeled after tools used in Thai bodywork, 'tok sen'. This ancient medicinal bodywork, focuses on the 'sen' lines or energy lines from the Thai meridian system.
My approach takes a completely different path. I tap alongside the Anatomy Train lines, and include additional kinetic maps, identifying specific areas of distress, as well, satellite areas. The tapping protocol includes moving compression and targeted rebounding (a ‘bounce and return’ movement, initiated by therapist).
Some practitioners focus on chasing ‘pain’. But this, I mean they spend too much time with the ‘problem area’ and neglect, at minimum, to have some communicative body response from satellite areas.
The Lateral Lines hold a great deal of tough tensile connective tissue. Hidden trigger and tender points are commonly found for all populations.
Are you swaying back and forth, waddling through life, or moving freely from an upright supported posture?