Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers helps us understand functions of movement
Tom Myers has studied Fascia since the 70s and has also summarized other researchers’ studies on the Fascia.
What Myers is perhaps best known for is the power transmission lines, which he describes in his book Anatomy Trains. These can be a good basis for greater understanding of the Fascia’s functions. While all of these lines merge into each other and the entire Fascia acts as a whole and a network without beginning or end, it may be useful to divide them into these different parts and study their various functions.
These Fascia lines are not standalone own constellations, but part of a greater whole. The lines enclose muscles, organs, bones and cells. Myers describes it quite well when he says that we should stop seeing the body parts of different muscles, bones, organs, etc. It is more of a body stocking with a lot of different compartments. Learn more about these Fascia lines here.
TIP: How you can “treat” the superficial dorsal line yourself
An example of such a line is the superficial dorsal line (superficial backline) that goes from the head down to the foot. The superficial back line prevents fetal position and keeps the body upright and stretched.
A very simple way to examine the superficial back line’s function, and thereby understanding how the body is composed, is called “exercise ball“.
- Stand up with your legs straight and bend forward. The goal is for your fingers to reach the ground, but not everyone can reach. Anyway. Note how far down you come.
- Take a golf ball, a tennis ball or something similar and roll it (with pressure) for about 1-2 minutes under each foot.
- Repeat step 1 and note how far down you will reach now. You should come at least 5cm further down. Otherwise, repeat step 2 and try again.