This class, for movement and massage therapists, will focus on understanding the detailed functional anatomy of the muscles and joints of the legs and feet. Students will learn specific techniques to resolve common issues in the knees, legs and feet. We will also explore the dynamics of the legs and feet in locomotion and support for the whole body.
Topics will include:
The ankle joint as a point of balance for the whole body.
The subtalar joint and its importance in a fully functioning foot.
The relationship of the tibia and fibula as mediated by the interosseous membrane.
The role of the muscles of the lower leg in healthy arches.
The role of the retinaculum as sensory organs.
The knee’s role in mediating the relationship of the hip and ankle in standing and walking.
The screw home mechanism of the knee and its role in gait.
The muscles of the thigh and their role in positioning the pelvis on the legs.