4 • Integration of Movement



Integration of Movement Forces Through the Joints

Integration of movement forces through the joints provides necessary support for healthy joints and is an important aspect of the Contained Body Principle.When one or more bones are moving they should be stabilized by one another in the same direction as the inner prana flow. All actions and spirals must pass through and unify the affected joints. For example, a rotation in the humerus must pass through the gleno-humeral joint and into the scapula. A rotation in the femur must continue through the hip joint and into the pelvic half. Any time anything in the body moves it affects every thing else. The flow of forces should be harmonious.




4 thoughts on “4 • Integration of Movement

  1. A further refinement of this principle is the force/counter-force principle: When moving one bone around another bone that is not moving (which opens up space in the joint), you stabilize by applying a counter force in the direction of the non-moving bone, which creates an anchor around which the moving bone can move. The application of the counter-force slightly precedes the action of the moving bone. This anchoring does not imply fixation, but a counter-force, which is slightly greater than the force directing the moving bone. The joint will usually open most effectively when the proximal bone is moved against the counter-force of the distal bone. The application of the force/counterforce principle enables us to establish the support that precedes action in the movement. This does not imply a dis-integration of the forces of prana that must flow through the joint continuously. It simply establishes the ground for the movement of one bone around another.


  2. Muscular action moves the bones around the joint. A good amount of the stability in the joint is applied – actively applied – by the ligaments. Ligaments stabilize the joint and make the movement at the joint more precise and harmonious. Although ligaments have been thought of as a more passive kind of support what I feel is that they are actively supporting the movement around the joint by altering their actions in a similar way that muscles do. The lengthening side of the joint’s ligaments yields to and regulates the movement while the condensing side retracts into its own length to assure stability on its side of the joint. It is usually considered that the ligaments simply are set at a position and that the lax side does nothing.This doesn’t make sense to me in actual movement. I do feel they are responding and using their ability – however small it may be – to contract and lengthen appropriately depending upon their place in the forces of the movement.


  3. Absolutely what i feel as well. I feel like the ligaments have a good bit of contractile ability –it seems way more directed than the muscular energy. I do feel the 3-dimensional connections of the ligaments that support the entire joint also. It just doesn’t make sense that they would have a static relationship to the bones.!


  4. oops –i forgot the second part of that first comment… This action must be directly followed by the ligamentous “cupping” of the two bones, followed by the muscular action that is then applied to move the bones through space.


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