1. Do you have to already have knowledge of the human anatomy to do this?
No, this is absolutely experiential so all you have to do is watch where a muscles's origin and insertion points are and how the ball moves through the muscle and follow the instructions and begin. Feeling your own muscles and listening to the messages they bring to you is the best way to learn your anatomy.
2. Can I do this with any ball?
All the Yamuna® balls were developed to allow for specific resistance and weight bearing to support the body while at the same time let the muscles safely release their tension into the balls. Not all balls can hold the body weight and support the body while working the specific muscles. If the ball cannot hold the body weight or if it is too soft, it cannot allow the body to work each muscle in detail. If it is too hard, the body will contract and the muscle will not respond in a healthy way.
3. Is it safe to only do one muscle from a module?
As long as you do the one muscle on both sides of your body, you will not create any side to side imbalances that can upset your structure.
4. If I do not have time to do all the muscles in a module is it OK to only do several and just work the side i am having issues on?
Even if you are concerned about one side of your body, remember that the 2 sides need to be in as much balance as possible to keep the body working in harmony. Always do both sides of the body! You can do the side that you wish to focus on spending more time, but always do both! if time is an issue, choose 2-3 muscles in one module and work those on both sides and see if that improves the comfort and mobility in the focused spot.
5. If I have a chronic structural problem that I am suffering from, is it safe to study and work with the AnatomyU app?
If you begin by reviewing the muscles that are in the area of the body that you are focusing on and you read about each muscle and watch the body position and the ball moving through the muscle, and you feel confident to try, then pick the muscle in the area that seems easiest for you to begin with. Start slowly. Do not rush! Breathe several breaths at each point. Once you work the muscle on the first side, lie on your back and let the muscle organize itself and the part of the body it helps to move. Then stand and move slightly to see how it feels. When you feel where it is still restricted, look at the muscles in the module or the secondary muscles and choose the next one to work. If you are not sure where to begin you can email info@anatomyU.com for more information.
6. Is this safe to use to teach children their anatomy?
Children love the idea of rolling on balls and they are still very much in touch with their bodies so they feel all the muscle connections and messages their bodies give them. By teaching children how to find and work their muscles when they are young, they store all this information within and when thy need to problem solve in their bodies at a later date, this information is there for them to tune into. The concept of teaching children practical, useable anatomy, a sort of functional biology, actually makes more sense to them than most text book biology for children.
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