Fall 2022 - Sensorimotor Awareness
Module 2: The Back and Pelvis
Live Online Lecture/Workshop Intensives
September 26 - October 13, 2022
This fall, the Dimon Institute is offering an intensive series of classes in kinesthetic education taught by Dr. Ted Dimon. The Back and Pelvis will be the second two-week module (with one week off in between) and will meet 2 hours per day, Monday through Thursday, 10:00AM-12:00PM EST (with recordings available for those who cannot attend live). This module will also include optional Developmental Movement, Review, and Discussion classes.
Module 2: The Back and Pelvis
The extensor muscles of the back, which maintain the support of the trunk and vertebral column, are central to upright posture. The back is made up of five layers of muscles that include the deeper muscles of the vertebrae, the larger muscles that run in longitudinal bundles from the sacrum to the skull, and the muscles acting on the ribs and scapulae. This extensive network is central not only to the movement of the ribs and shoulders but also to our upright support.
But the extensor muscles of the back do not simply pull on bones like guy wires to hold us up—if they did, they would quickly become tired and overworked. To work efficiently, these muscles must lengthen between the skull and the sacrum, which enables them to maintain postural tone with a minimum of work—a condition that we can bring about by placing ourselves in a position of mechanical advantage and projecting messages to muscles.
In order to lengthen the back muscles, however, we must be clear on what the back is. Does the back include the neck and head, and how are the back muscles, which ultimately attach to the skull, related to head balance? Does the back include the pelvis and, if so, where does the spine end and the legs begin? In this module, we’ll identify the key sections of the spine that make up the back; the pelvis and its connection with the spine; the erector spinae muscles that form a key part of the extensor network of the back; and the hip joints that form a crucial separation between the trunk and the legs. We’ll also try out various exercises that make it possible to identify how the back works, how to use it in an integrated way, and how to bring about the lengthened working of the back muscles that is so critical to their proper function.
Cost per module: $100 early bird (by August 21); $120 regular
Cost for full term (all five modules): $450 early bird (by August 21); $525 regular
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