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The Anatomy of Directing: Forward & Up

The Anatomy of Directing: Forward & Up

Now that we’ve identified some the key anatomical landmarks and their role in directing, let’s look at the directions for the head: forward and up. These directions are key to establishing the correct working of the primary control, and often cause particular difficulty for students because of their nuance. In a general way, we know that “forward and up” of the head means that we don’t want to pull the head back and down. But why do we use these words, and what exactly do we mean by them…

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The Anatomy of Directing: Skull & Atlas

The Anatomy of Directing: Skull & Atlas

The most important cervical vertebra is the very first one, called the “atlas” because, it supports the globe of the head as the Greek titan Atlas supported the Earth on his shoulders. 1d-Atlanto-occipitalThe atlas vertebrae forms a joint with the base of the skull called the atlanto-occipital (or AO) joint, where two bumps on the base of the skull sit nicely in two concave depressions on the atlas. We nod our heads by articulating at this point…

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