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Learn Anatomy with Yamuna Body Rolling

Experiential anatomy is an effective way to learn about anatomy. By using the sensory system, one can learn the muscles, their origins and insertions, and their relationship to adjacent and deeper neighboring muscles.

One of the most challenging classes I took as a physical therapy student was anatomy. We had textbooks with detailed illustrations. Using index cards, I wrote the origin, insertion, nerve, artery and function of every muscle in the human body. Alongside my classmates, countless hours were spent quizzing each other as we memorized each muscle. A whole year was spent in a gross anatomy class with a cadaver.

During our palpation class, my classmates and I poked and prodded as we located bony prominences. However, it wasn’t until years later that my anatomy knowledge took on a deeper understanding. My knowledge was catapulted through the process of experiential anatomy with Yamuna Body Rolling.

Experiential Anatomy

Experiential anatomy is an effective way to learn the anatomy of the human body. By using the sensory system, one can learn the muscles and their origins and insertions. In addition, one can establish relationships between adjacent and deeper neighboring musculature.

What is Needed

Body Rolling Book

The tool needed to accomplish this learning is a Yamuna® ball. Additionally, an anatomy textbook and the book, “Body Rolling: An Experiential Approach to Complete Muscle Release” are helpful resources. If available, schedule a class with a Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner to get started. If you would like to use an  interactive technology program, try the YamunaU app.

These resources will instruct and guide you while you trace the path of the muscle on your body using a Yamuna ball. It is a way to memorize the anatomy in a kinesthetic manner. A textbook alone can’t begin to compare to experiential anatomy with Yamuna Body Rolling in regards to the deep level of embodied understanding.

 

Photo credit: jennijo.com

Students in healthcare professions will benefit from this technique. Massage therapists, body workers, physical therapists, chiropractors, or anyone wanting to go beyond head knowledge of anatomy can realize a profound understanding of the body with this technique.

Kinesthetic Learning of Anatomy

By listening to the sensory system, you can be your own best advocate when it comes to taking care of your body. For example, if you are having pain in your hip, take a look at the muscles that surround that joint. You can specifically roll out the hamstrings, glutes, IT-band, quads, adductors, and deep hip rotators. Lingering on trigger points allows for a neuromuscular release of the associated musculature. In addition, stimulating the bone where the muscles attach enhances the total process.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

In order to feel the location of the specific muscle with the ball, you can get tactile feedback by incorporating the associated muscle function. One PNF technique that is useful is contract-relax.

Another useful technique is called reciprocal inhibition. Here is an example performed by Yamuna Zake, the originator of this bodywork system. Using a ‘pin and stretch’ approach with the ball, contract the hamstring (antagonist) by bending the knee. This causes the quad to relax and enhances the stretch to the knee and the front of the leg.

 

Use these techniques to find the edges of the adjacent muscles. As you work along these areas between muscles, you will experience an amazing fascial release.  Compare range of motion of the associated joint before and after.

Body Sustainability

Yamuna Body Rolling in tandem with learning anatomy is a win-win situation. Not only do you ace the test, but you will remember the memorized content long after the test is over. Your palpation skills will be point specific.

Even more important, it is crucial that you take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. Yamuna Body Rolling provides a self-care solution for body sustainability. Whether it is rolling out the impact of a day at work, recovering from an injury, or sustaining your ability to participate in your favorite sport, this technique will be helpful for wellness in every decade of life.

 

Want to learn more about Yamuna Body Rolling? 

 

The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am an affiliate on links in this blog, which means that I may get a small commission if you decide to purchase a product or membership. I only recommend products and systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

 

 

Categories: Anatomy
Post by Mary Falk PT on November 12, 2017

Learn Anatomy with Yamuna Body Rolling

Experiential anatomy is an effective way to learn about anatomy. By using the sensory system, one can learn the muscles, their origins and insertions, and their relationship to adjacent and deeper neighboring muscles.

Learning anatomy

One of the most challenging classes I took as a physical therapy student was anatomy. We had textbooks with detailed illustrations. Using index cards, I wrote the origin, insertion, nerve, artery and function of every muscle in the human body. Alongside my classmates, countless hours were spent quizzing each other as we memorized each muscle. A whole year was spent in a gross anatomy class with a cadaver.

During our palpation class, my classmates and I poked and prodded as we located bony prominences. However, it wasn’t until years later that my anatomy knowledge took on a deeper understanding. My knowledge was catapulted through the process of experiential anatomy with Yamuna Body Rolling.

Experiential Anatomy

Experiential anatomy is an effective way to learn the anatomy of the human body. By using the sensory system, one can learn the muscles and their origins and insertions. In addition, one can establish relationships between adjacent and deeper neighboring musculature.

What is Needed

Body Rolling Book

The tool needed to accomplish this learning is a Yamuna® ball. Additionally, an anatomy textbook and the book, “Body Rolling: An Experiential Approach to Complete Muscle Release” are helpful resources. If available, schedule a class with a Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner to get started. If you would like to use an  interactive technology program, try the YamunaU app.

These resources will instruct and guide you while you trace the path of the muscle on your body using a Yamuna ball. It is a way to memorize the anatomy in a kinesthetic manner. A textbook alone can’t begin to compare to experiential anatomy with Yamuna Body Rolling in regards to the deep level of embodied understanding.

 

Photo credit: jennijo.com

Students in healthcare professions will benefit from this technique. Massage therapists, body workers, physical therapists, chiropractors, or anyone wanting to go beyond head knowledge of anatomy can realize a profound understanding of the body with this technique.

Kinesthetic Learning of Anatomy

By listening to the sensory system, you can be your own best advocate when it comes to taking care of your body. For example, if you are having pain in your hip, take a look at the muscles that surround that joint. You can specifically roll out the hamstrings, glutes, IT-band, quads, adductors, and deep hip rotators. Lingering on trigger points allows for a neuromuscular release of the associated musculature. In addition, stimulating the bone where the muscles attach enhances the total process.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

In order to feel the location of the specific muscle with the ball, you can get tactile feedback by incorporating the associated muscle function. One PNF technique that is useful is contract-relax.

Another useful technique is called reciprocal inhibition. Here is an example performed by Yamuna Zake, the originator of this bodywork system. Using a ‘pin and stretch’ approach with the ball, contract the hamstring (antagonist) by bending the knee. This causes the quad to relax and enhances the stretch to the knee and the front of the leg.

 

Use these techniques to find the edges of the adjacent muscles. As you work along these areas between muscles, you will experience an amazing fascial release.  Compare range of motion of the associated joint before and after.

Body Sustainability

Yamuna Body Rolling in tandem with learning anatomy is a win-win situation. Not only do you ace the test, but you will remember the memorized content long after the test is over. Your palpation skills will be point specific.

Even more important, it is crucial that you take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. Yamuna Body Rolling provides a self-care solution for body sustainability. Whether it is rolling out the impact of a day at work, recovering from an injury, or sustaining your ability to participate in your favorite sport, this technique will be helpful for wellness in every decade of life.

 

Want to learn more about Yamuna Body Rolling? 

 

The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am an affiliate on links in this blog, which means that I may get a small commission if you decide to purchase a product or membership. I only recommend products and systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

 

 

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Post by Mary Falk PT on November 12, 2017

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