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The Anatomy of Directing: Front Length

The Anatomy of Directing: Front Length

One of the most important features of our human anatomical design is our front length. When the first hominids reared up on their hind limbs to become fully upright, everything suspended below the spine- the guts, rib cage, etc- now hung out in front of the spine. This means that we are not evenly balanced front-to-back. This places the onus of support on our back muscles (the extensors) to keep us standing, and they can work properly only when the whole system is lengthening and the back muscles are doing their job in this context…

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The Anatomy of Directing: Spine & Back

The Anatomy of Directing: Spine & Back

Most of us are aware of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar curves of the spine (the articulated vertebrae that make up the bendable parts of the spine), but we sometimes forget that, where it attaches to the pelvis at its bottom end, the spine forms a fourth curve. What this means is that the spine and back do not end at the lumbar or waist region but include the entire bottom end of the sacrum and pelvis…

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