The Significance Of The Sagittal Plane To Tensegrity
When the two ends of a line approximate or bend inwards, it creates tension. This tension creates an arch that is capable of supporting significant stress. If the arch is flexible like those in the spine, it functions as a Tensegral spring. If it is rigid like the ribs and rib cage, it provides more strength and stability.
The human spine consists of three flexible arches that are formed as an infant crawls and then stands. The spine and its three arches are oriented in the sagittal plane. The lumbar and cervical curves shorten posteriorly to produce posterior tension, and the dorsal curve shortens anteriorly to produce anterior tension. These two posterior tensions and one opposing anterior tension make up the primary Tensegral tension that supports upright posture for the human body. For this reason, the sagittal plane is the foremost Tensegral tension that needs to be restored. The answers and clues to accessing and restoring the sagittal plane are revealed in the design and structure provided by Universal and Innate Intelligence. The spinous processes’ sagittal orientation and size variations, postero-central location, caudal orientation (downward slant), and their arched shape, are Innate’s indicators of their priority and structural importance. The Occipital rim, C2, C5, and C7 are the large sagittal cervical attachment points. They are the big players- each with different accesses, sections, and Tensegral layers.
In an arch, the keystone is the major supporting structure. C5 is the keystone of the cervical arch. It is responsible for stability and work capacity. Its predominance is visualized on X-ray as the stress vertebra. This makes the C5 spinous another major structural insertion along with the C7 spinous. Contacting C5 P to A, and releasing its palpatory tension I to S and S to I, is the primary access to restoring the sagittal curve for optimal Tensegral expansion. You will feel and hear its final release in the way a swimming pool floating tube pops as it fills to complete tension.
There are two major release points that serve as both stabilizers and “springers” (see picture)-one at the top below the occipital rim, and one at the bottom of the cervical arch at C7. Contacting the occipital rim releases structure and neurology (neck and head) components, and contacting the C7 area is more of a structural release for “below.”
Contacting just below the occipital rim (rectus capitus posterior minor) accesses the anterior tension pathways, and allows the tension release wave to visually lift the chin upward upon release. Contacting at C7 releases the posterior compression pathways of the structures below it.
The spinous processes are also orientated in the sagittal plane, which make them the perfect anchor to oppose anterior–posterior tension. They are the primary attachments for the MFE, and are the obvious primary release points for restoring the three main Tensegral tension arches.
While C7 accesses posterior structural sagittal decompression, and the occipital rim is used for anterior structural sagittal release and head and neck neurology, the C2 spinous is used for a direct dural release. It is here that once structure and neurology are released, the dural tube and the innermost Tensegral pump can be accessed and released.
Studying the design of the structural and neurological systems of the body provides evidence of Innate Intelligence’s attention to perfection. This understanding gives us the clues about how to best identify and release the repetitive stress patterns that impact our function and our health, and will continue to offer further insights during our journey to improve the flow of life within one patient at a time.