The Anatomy & Sensory Experiences of Chakras & Qi? 2019-12-08T04:22:11.111Z · score: 3 (5 votes)
The 5 Main Muscles Made Easy. 2019-12-07T09:17:50.359Z · score: 4 (4 votes)
Good Posture & Body Alignment. Your Base-Line for Self-Assessment & Improvement. 2019-11-15T09:19:11.580Z · score: 6 (4 votes)
Major Sources of Pain? Myalgia of an Imbalanced Body & Physical Restrictions Reducing Movement. 2019-10-29T14:58:17.652Z · score: 2 (4 votes)
Does the body have an almost infinite number of potential positions? 2019-10-19T05:39:26.883Z · score: 2 (1 votes)
Conscious Proprioception -Awareness of the Body's Position, Motion, Alignment & Balance. 2019-10-04T04:33:14.317Z · score: 19 (6 votes)
The Five Main Muscles for a Full Range of Natural Movement, Dynamic Alignment & Balance. 2019-09-01T03:22:38.247Z · score: 18 (13 votes)
Alignment & Balance of the Human Body. Midline Anatomy & the Median Plane. 2019-08-22T10:24:59.156Z · score: 12 (17 votes)


Comment by leggi on ialdabaoth is banned · 2019-12-14T05:59:00.954Z · score: -1 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Honestly, as someone reading this with no personal knowledge of the situation and so any evidence is 'internet hearsay' I say:

The post by the author in question isn't worth this interest or drama. (Debating principles is good but this is clearly too personal for some.)

It coins a catchy phrase but the concepts of different people having to conform to different standards is not new.

"one rule for one and one for another" and many other adages through the ages.

Comment by leggi on Good Posture & Body Alignment. Your Base-Line for Self-Assessment & Improvement. · 2019-12-14T05:00:49.145Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'm wary of 'leading questions' but - as you were working your shoulder - how did you feel the improved positioning?

Comment by leggi on Conscious Proprioception -Awareness of the Body's Position, Motion, Alignment & Balance. · 2019-12-14T04:09:50.006Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for reading and trying.

I suspect focusing on your Base-Line muscles 'corrected' your positioning (~ reduced stress on body) and made you breathe in a bit deeper - thus receiving a hit of oxygen that increased your alertness.

I'm really happy though - anecdotal evidence is what I need at this point. Everything stems from being willing to work on your Base-Line. It's well worth the ride. I have created "main muscles made easy" in an attempt to make the key anatomy more accessible.

conscious bodily perception

I have no idea why the word "perception" has not occurred to me before, but that's it. Increased perception of the state of your body (that comes with the brain and body having a shared Base-Line reference).

Comment by leggi on Operationalizing Newcomb's Problem · 2019-12-13T12:22:15.898Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

OK, I'd summarise how I see things:

Will I sit in the waiting room for 10 min after the experiment?
My options:
I reply yes, and polygraph believes yes, I will get $200.
I say no or I say yes but the polygraph detects a physiological response indicating 'dishonestly', I will get $10.

I would stay.

I'm good at my word - I'd pass the polygraph by being confident of that. (if the polygraph reads me 'right')

And after all what's 10 min? Great time to enjoy the rush of thinking I could 'beat the system/get one over on someone' because I believe there is 200 in my envelope and so I could just leave (a kick of adrenaline) but that would spoil the long-term reward of moral self-righteousness!

Although am I missing some significance in: "90% of the people who stay for ten minutes get $200" - what do the other 10% get I wonder?

Comment by leggi on Applications of Economic Models to Physiology? · 2019-12-12T09:35:00.239Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I have read the insulin analogy (I read it before first commenting here).

I don't know if the insulin analogy is from the book itself or your interpretation. But it is flawed. For multiple reasons. I started to pick it apart line by line but then decided a better course of action would be to try pointing you in the right direction - so that you could do the research about the physiological system, learn about what you are trying to label and then consider whether it is a good path to be following.

Does it really make sense to apply economic labels to physiological systems?

That's the sort of value I expect economic theory would provide in physiology.

Expecting? Careful that you are not rationalising your beliefs.

Comment by leggi on Give praise · 2019-12-12T09:19:02.055Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

As a relative newcomer this critique is refreshing.

I have observed a fair amount of ego and ego-stroking within a system that allows punishment of dissenters. (the core group has a lot of power to chase off things they don't like to hear and are therefore missing out on expanded thinking.)

Encouragement should not be confused with praise. And correction is not punishment.

negative feedback at the time hurt my feelings, I'm glad that people didn't lie to me and tell me that the projects were a good idea.

A good take-away message from the above review.

Comment by leggi on Conscious Proprioception -Awareness of the Body's Position, Motion, Alignment & Balance. · 2019-12-12T06:54:15.088Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've been thinking more about my feet since your post. I too sense my calves more than my feet, the muscles are tense, overworked ...

And I had an interesting experience as I was walking down a rough (but familiar) track...

I've got to the point of often thinking of my body as 3 lines - my central line (linea alba) and a line from hip to shin (rectus femoris) of each leg. As was doing this I suddenly thought 'where are my feet?'. The shift in focus made me feel like I stumbled (I don't think I actually did) and brought on a flash of motion sickness (which I've always been prone to and crushed my dreams of being an astronaut when I was about 5).

It was like thinking about my feet rather than working from my Base-Line knocked me off balance. A weird sensation.

Comment by leggi on Applications of Economic Models to Physiology? · 2019-12-11T16:20:18.957Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Model was poor wording on my part at the end, I've changed it to physiological systems. They are not constructs of humans. We create "models" , or 'stories' to explain things.

Physiology is a process of nature - complicated and only partially understood. Economics is artificial.

Patterns are seen in many things. Fractals is a word I'm just going to chuck in to think about. And the Fibonacci sequence. And the world is freaky.

Applying physiological models (they've got pretty good at maintaining equilibrium within a range, and system stability) to economics would potentially be a more productive - if the 'facts' that are known are known and considered.

Comment by leggi on Applications of Economic Models to Physiology? · 2019-12-11T12:39:17.975Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Trying to explain biology with economic terms is an interesting proposal (creating a story that you can understand?) but it would not be the obvious thought to me.

economic models = made up by humans

physiology = millennia of chance and adaptions under various pressures, creating immensely complex systems that just blow my mind.

The insulin analogy is flawed in many aspects.

There is a basic feedback loop of increased blood Glucose --> increased insulin --> lower Glucose --> reduced insulin to keep blood glucose levels within acceptable limits - fluctuation is expected within the system.

I would suggest researching the connections between hunger/intake/digestion/absorption/blood glucose/beta cells/insulin/cell uptake/cell demand/exertion/glucagon/renal excretion of glucose/polyuria/polydipsia
- it's complex.

Biological models systems have much to teach us. If we ask the questions and notice the connections rather than trying to make them fit with our explanation.

Comment by leggi on Expertise Exchange · 2019-12-10T10:57:55.936Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW
Most of the communication within a field like Rolfing is through in-person events and not through the written word.

I ask why is that? What benefit? For whom?

I dislike the term "fascia", I feel it is poorly defined but fashionable. If you have a solid definition I could work with because I do think it's a useful concept. I use 'connective tissue' a covering term for what is a blend of fibrous tissues in various forms. I've handled a lot of mammalian tissues over the years, it's interesting stuff - in many forms, blending through the body. I've never thought it of central, rather almost ubiquitous.

I came across anatomy trains whilst researching my hypothesis a few years back, you've spurred me into sending an email to anatomy trains. On honest reflection of why I've not done this before - trust issues (I don't want someone stealing my ideas) and because it's so frikking obvious with a bit of thought and Myers seemed closer than most. I think I've published enough to be able to say 'it's mine' now. Oh the ego.

The anatomy trains pictures are a useful illustration of 'patterns' that I will expand on in further posts. The "trains" should be free to fully extend, this can't happen when physical restrictions are present. Imbalance leads to further imbalance - the stress and tension zig-zagging across the body, twisting and mis-aligning, up and down and across the "trains" as the body stiffens to keep us functioning when we don't have full usage of the main muscles.

We can't control our connective tissue directly, we can learn to control our muscles. To use them well and regain a full range of natural of movement.

Comment by leggi on Expertise Exchange · 2019-12-09T13:18:57.828Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've scrubbed the end bit. It was a flippant finish but I do believe this anatomy is key to how the body moves and what the concepts of chakras are trying to describe.

You shouldn't believe anything! And I appreciate your interest and questioning.

What I say is based on my experiences and logical thought - working from accepted anatomical 'facts' - of the main muscles of movement.

The concept of the linea alba and nuchal/supraspinous ligaments being midline guides for alignment is so obvious to me now but if someone can disagree then I would love to hear.

As for Rolfing, I came across it during research on "myo-fascial release". I would have liked to learn more but information isn't that easy to find - if you have any sources I would be interested. A potentially useful technique possibly turned into a pyramid scheme.

This is a do-it-yourself technique - no financial costs, just the willingness to try. T

Learn to feel your alignment by working from your Base-Line.

Comment by leggi on Expertise Exchange · 2019-12-09T07:11:26.181Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

When I ask myself what I consider important ...

It is getting the message across that:

  • Physically balancing the body is the key to better health, physically and mentally.
  • Working with the 5 main muscles of movement is the method to get there.
  • The 'Base-Line' pelvic floor and rectus abdominis muscles are central to the process.

The first comment I received on LW suggested my intro. post to body alignment was missing a "hook" but everything after the anatomy - including what I write about conscious proprioception - is just words. I'm trying to explain something that I feel, trying to hook a few willing to think about their body and how they move. A simple framework but it requires participation.

It's all about the anatomy and building a connection between mind and muscles.

From my perspective there are a bunch of different traditions that have their own views on the subject and I don't think it's useful to muddy all the different ways together.

From my perspective, this is the underlying anatomy that clarifies much muddiness in many traditions.

Comment by leggi on The LessWrong 2018 Review · 2019-12-08T12:19:11.183Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I would like to see some comments considered for inclusion - those that expand on a post in some way (the circling post is a good example).

Also I read slack . I liked it and then G Gordon Worley's comment brought a new dimension to the concept and expanded my 'knowledge base' about things I've not really thought about.

Comment by leggi on Expertise Exchange · 2019-12-08T07:29:12.985Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Spurred on by your willingness to consider the anatomy of your body and it's connection to what you experience ... Try focusing on: the 5 main muscles made easy as you move (and rest). Build the connection, feel for their relative state and positioning.

I've come to believe chakras are trying to describe the feeling/experience of the body when it is being used 'correctly' and that these muscles are the key - if I can just get a few people to give it some thought.

Working with these muscles, regaining my range of movement and releasing the tensions both physical and mental has made life so much better.

Comment by leggi on Expertise Exchange · 2019-12-08T07:15:12.430Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I believe they are based on the experience of conscious proprioception and using the body correctly - feeling/sensing the state of balance and positioning of our anatomy when body and mind are connected.

I've not looked into the details (names, associations etc.) but that's not stopped me publishing my rationale on chakras. (with links to a couple of interesting articles.)

Comment by leggi on Affordance Widths · 2019-12-08T05:35:55.716Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The concept is valid, but I don't think its new.

I don't have best words to explain my point (find an expert on whatever subject this fits into and there's probably already a term), but a few phrases sprang to mind:

  • Social norms. Acceptable behaviour.
  • Tolerance limits - changing with location/time/social group etc etc.
  • Learning to fit in - assessment and adaptation of behaviour.
  • Some people are just a-holes.

Reading the post, that's what I got and so don't think it is worthy for the 2018 review.

Comment by leggi on On the Chatham House Rule · 2019-12-08T05:08:35.202Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I see a simple fix.

Rather than trying to go full "Chatham House", make your own rules that work for the group (that's what Chatham House did), call it what you like.

Define those rules and make sure everyone understands. (a 'traffic light' system for levels of security at different meetings if necessary?)

Rules should be sensible, simple and clear - and for everyone. (Opt-in opt-out - who can remember who's agreed to what?).

How do I respond if I met them at a Chatham House Rule event?

Vaguely. Move the conversation swiftly on. The art of distraction. "Ah! that's a long story" or "top secret" with a smile will work - if you've nothing else - but never lie!

Patient/client confidentiality means 'never say who' comes easily to me. It's a skill to be learned. Spotting the 'trap' before you get to it.

(The examples your violations might have serious consequences if you're a spy/diplomat/gangster/involved with something deadly, but otherwise... they're probably forgivable :)

Comment by leggi on Conscious Proprioception -Awareness of the Body's Position, Motion, Alignment & Balance. · 2019-12-07T15:30:22.895Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The expression 'don't worry about where your feet are to start' has been floating around looking for a home in my posts (I'm not sure where it ended up!) and "stand with your feet hip-width apart" was a common instruction that I never understood/felt I was doing it right (shuffling around, trying to judge in a mirror ... I lacked a Base-Line reference to feel from.)

When you say lack of feeling - lack of awareness? or lack of sensation/numbness? The latter can be associated with various medical conditions so it's important to differentiate between the two experiences (duration is relevant).

I've tried to make the anatomy easy to understand (pictures are better than words!) here.

Comment by leggi on Circling · 2019-12-07T13:02:29.181Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I read posts as a beginner - and thinking about a wider-access book format ...

Great writing style - very accessible.   Honest and informative. 
A modern-day explorer of the frontiers of the mind and human experience.

Edit Notes:

1. I'd make this the 1st paragraph: "In recent years, Circling has caught the eye of rationalists... " include a "WTF is circling?" as a question for a wider audience! and the LW bit isn't necessary now. 

2. Include a definition for inferential distance for ease of reading to newbies.

3. "handy 100-page PDF" is a 404 - no longer found.

- - -

"annoyingly Postmodern, yes" - but so f-ing true. 

"are you feeling bored? [I invite you to check.]"  - anticipatory is the word I'd use ...  and admirable of your courage to share ;) ....

Comment by leggi on Affordance Widths · 2019-12-07T12:43:03.055Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I've had a read of this post.

It seems rather whiny. I'm struggling to see the value to the advancement of rational thinking.

edited to add - Imagine if this was an English comprehension test and the question was "with which character does the author most identify with?"

Comment by leggi on The Five Main Muscles for a Full Range of Natural Movement, Dynamic Alignment & Balance. · 2019-12-07T09:20:01.622Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for your comments. I was aiming to keep this anatomy post short and simple but that doesn't happen with words and anatomy (but it should be comprehensive and hopefully thought provoking)...

I've put together this post - 5 main muscles made easy.

I would very much appreciate feedback (harsh is fine if required!)

Is it an easier introduction? Does it help??

What makes sense? What clicks? What seems like waffle?!

Any images that work well? Any that are just confusing? Anything you'd like to see?

Would help understanding? Where have I gone wrong?

I'm struggling to judge the level to pitch things at. "palpate the anatomical structures" v. "touch yourself".

If you can find someone with a grounding in anatomy, get them consider these 5 muscles and how they use them for a while and then maybe they could teach you in person? I am very much in the "you can do it yourself" camp - it's all about feeling and personal experience but I can appreciate that guidance would be useful!

Comment by leggi on In which ways have you self-improved that made you feel bad for not having done it earlier? · 2019-12-06T04:50:24.430Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I used to live in a world of constant thinking/planning and worst case scenario stress/fear/anger/tension. I was physical and mental mess. I was never relaxed.

Being able to relax was an effect that came with using my 5 main muscles of movement and working towards aligning my midline anatomy and balancing my body.

As I've regained my natural range of movement, releasing physical restrictions, my mind has become much calmer. I sleep better, I feel at ease. I'm more accepting, less controlling, and without the constant thoughts about what I should/need/must do. (I'd almost use the word happy).

Working with these main muscles was my "in" to understanding things that are meant to help with relaxation - yoga, tai chi etc. Starting with my 'Base-Line' pelvic floor and rectus abdominis muscles.

It's been a long slog (my body was wrecked) but well worth it if you're willing to look at some anatomy pictures, palpate the muscles on your body learn to connect with them.

Reducing stress and tension on the body = reduced stress and tension in the mind.

Comment by leggi on Open & Welcome Thread - November 2019 · 2019-12-03T05:44:48.707Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'll read.

And as long as it needs to be ...

Comment by leggi on Open & Welcome Thread - November 2019 · 2019-11-23T09:39:22.264Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I wrote this comment in response to an immediate down-vote of a comment I posted which removed it from view. The tone of which wasn't all fluffy and nice and safe-space-esk but it was factually correct and an important point. I'd rather be direct on LW than worrying about hurting someone's feelings.

I can only speak from my experiences, but the speed at which my first post got voted down (alignment and balance of the human body) was a surprise (negative vote = no-one else would see it) After months of consideration the only conclusion I reach is that someone didn't like me using 'alignment' without talking about AI, but I don't know. There was no explanation. No reason. I get the impression that negative karma is an emotional response rather than rational in many cases.

I don't know how the "sorted by magic" karma system works and the effect of up-votes on how visible something is, but I have observed that negative votes hides things. Up-votes feel good and the effect of an up-vote is very different from a negative vote so I have no problem with an asymmetry in how they are applied.

As a new user I might have given up on LW but what I am here to share is too important to be put off by a couple of randoms not liking my stuff. It's not a welcoming place when negative karma is given with no explanation and I'm afraid to say (afraid of more negative votes) there appears to be a lot of cronyism and a degree of myopic thinking on the site (maybe only one or two users but they can have great influence).

I have to give comments on my posts some time to settle when they don't instantly please me. I believe having to give a reason for a negative vote would encourage this. It's easy to click down but can it be justified?

I live in hope that people who consider themselves rational can take a step back and think rather than instantly react but we're still human (all hail the AI master...).

Comment by leggi on Wrinkles · 2019-11-23T08:52:03.242Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Looking into the term sarcopenia (I avoided it earlier as it seemed inconsistently used and I was getting confused mass +/- function loss) here's some snippets and thoughts.

Article In his closing comments to a scientific congress in 1989, Dr. Irwin Rosenberg suggested that one way to bring greater attention to the issue of the decline in muscle mass with ageing was to give it a Greek name. Although two terms were suggested (“sarcomalacia” being the other one), “sarcopenia” was the term adopted by the field ...
unfortunately in recent years the term has increasingly come to be synonymous with its operational definitions ... the term sarcopenia is appearing in other clinical literature in which muscle atrophy is present but ageing per se is not the cause.
Among the most widely observed histological features of ageing muscle is its remarkable fiber size heterogeneity.
... the available evidence strongly implicates sporadic and repeating cycles of denervation-re-innervation in the histopathology of ageing muscle

Primary loss of muscle mass versus secondary loss of muscle mass after loss of innervation - paresis/paralysis - loss of function - atrophy. From what I've read sarcopenia is a secondary loss of muscle, and I'd classify sphincter incompetence as an innervation issue rather than a primary loss of muscle mass issue. No idea if/what the significance of distinguishing between primary and secondary is but something to be aware of.

Fascinating subject, my initial comment was poorly worded/wrong depending on what age "ageing" begins - I was thinking 30+ where loss of muscle may be noted but reversed (quickly found article) but by 60+ sarcopenia with strict definition occurs. Another article I found: sarcopenia v. non-sarcopenia.

(Just enjoying being able to interact on LW as so much stuff goes straight over my head!)

Comment by leggi on Do you get value out of contentless comments? · 2019-11-22T08:40:41.646Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

ANY comment would be welcome on my posts.

Positive comments feel good, criticism although tough at first gives me something to think about - which is better. I love questions!

Comment by leggi on Wrinkles · 2019-11-22T08:25:51.824Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW
loss of muscle is a major hallmark of aging,

Interesting. Have you anything to back that statement up?

I don't think describing muscle loss as a major hallmark of ageing is accurate.

Muscle loss does occur as we age - likely due to lack of use, poor diet (and lower testosterone in men) since the effect can be reversed.

Comment by leggi on Wrinkles · 2019-11-22T08:19:55.296Z · score: 13 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I can only go on the words that are used so I'm not sure, but I didn't consider "kill" might be being used metaphorically on a rationality website.

Especially when the poster then describes it as an educated guess based on a model that lets us make "darn good educated guesses" and admits they did not even type 'how does botox work' into a search engine.

Kudos to the OP for the post but we're moving into bio-medical sciences (my background) so there are "facts" out there. Is it not better to use the knowledge that is available than making guesses?

Comment by leggi on Open & Welcome Thread - November 2019 · 2019-11-20T19:05:48.526Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I can't imagine a situation where I'd dole out bad karma, and certainly I wouldn't do it without giving an explanation. If something's so bad it can be reported, but just because "I don't want to see more of this" doesn't mean it's up to me to influence whether anyone else can see it.

Unfortunately the current situation means one person can remove stuff from view if they get in early. I get the impression of rash rather than rational...

Negative karma without comment is like saying "bad dog" which won't stop this old bitch.

I suggest an explanation should be provided with bad karma, even if it's via an anonymous system if people want to hide.

I'd like to think there is a reason for down votes and it'd be nice to know what they are.

Comment by leggi on Wrinkles · 2019-11-20T18:48:20.128Z · score: 16 (8 votes) · LW · GW
Botox kills the facial muscles

No, botox doesn't "kill muscles". It paralyses muscles by disrupting nerve signals to that muscle.

"botox" uses the neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (which also causes botulism).

I haven't actually researched this, just an educated guess, but one reason gears-level models are important is that they let us make pretty darn good educated guesses

Research is easy to do.

Guesses could be deadly when talking about neurotoxins, and definitely not appearing 'educated' in this case.

Comment by leggi on [deleted post] 2019-11-15T09:54:40.640Z

Thanks for the link, an interesting read but phrases like

"You need to get your spine in the right position and brace it properly"

get me gnashing my teeth these days...

It is muscles that create our posture, that position the spine and other joints, and so we should focus on our muscles for improved posture.

Comment by leggi on Proper posture for mental arts · 2019-11-15T09:48:35.412Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Our physical posture is created by muscles.

There is too much focus on the spine when discussing posture in my opinion. Our vertebrae are there to protect the spinal cord, they are not a stack of blocks that keep us upright. Working with the right muscles - the main muscles of movement - will position the spine correctly.

Focusing on Base-Line (pelvic floor and rectus abdominis - the body's 'core pillar' of strength) is key to developing an awareness of the body's position, motion and balance, increasing consciousness of our sense of proprioception which facilitates self-assessment and improvement of posture.

I now know what a "good posture" is. I can feel it.

Comment by leggi on [deleted post] 2019-11-15T09:31:09.496Z

I've had a total re-write of this post (I can't even remember the original title!) so I thought it better to create a new (and hopefully improved) attempt at what I really want to say - here.

Comment by leggi on Major Sources of Pain? Myalgia of an Imbalanced Body & Physical Restrictions Reducing Movement. · 2019-11-08T10:21:06.459Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I was 15 when I first came across the Alexander Technique. The principles seemed sound (better posture, self awareness, gentle control, alignment etc ...) but the physical restrictions on my body were limiting my range of movement to such an extent that I was past its help. I couldn't sit square in a chair or stand up without using my arms to help me up. My body was already too twisted and stiff for me to "get it".

I remember a few snippets which make sense to me when I think about the 'anatomy of alignment' and the '5 main muscles of movement':

"A string pulling you up from the top of your head" = focus on feeling the linea alba and nuchal/supraspinous ligaments becoming fully extended and aligned.

"Release the shoulders" = use the trapezius muscles that should be wide and free, supporting the head and arms without tension or restriction.

"Release the hips" = use the gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles in tandem, aligning the hip and knee joints correctly to the torso through a full range of movement.

Good posture, improving range of movement... The Alexander Technique makes sense to me now that I can feel for myself how I should move - now that I can feel my Base-Line pelvic floor, rectus abdominis at the core of all movement.

The anatomy is key. All techniques I've come across are missing this basic anatomy (at least I can't find it).

Whatever you do, try focusing on these 5 main muscles of movement. Feel for their condition, activation, balance...

Comment by leggi on Where should I ask this particular kind of question? · 2019-11-04T12:12:21.863Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I found LW a few months ago. I've got stuff to share and the feedback has been invaluable. A handful of people have commented, more than enough to give me the fresh perspective I needed.

The worst that can happen is a dollop of bad karma, so I'd say post your question here and see who's out there reading.

Comment by leggi on [deleted post] 2019-11-02T10:05:48.797Z

Thank you for the suggestion. I just had a look at creating one but possible titles that came to mind ranged from crappy to cringe-worthy - I guess I'm not ready yet. Feedback and further thoughts means editing . It's all just words after the anatomy ....

Comment by leggi on Conscious Proprioception -Awareness of the Body's Position, Motion, Alignment & Balance. · 2019-11-01T11:00:37.919Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I've had a bit of a re-write of the introductory section, thank you for the feedback.

to speak about having conscious proprioception as something that most people don't have. I would estimate that most people have a sense of conscious proprioception

I am trying to start with definitions - kinaesthesia was another term I considered but proprioception was more encompassing. Proprioception runs in the background, how much people are aware/conscious of it is another matter and something I can't gauge. I've tried to describe my experiences (leave some clues?) and many others have tried to explain before me.

How would you describe your experience of conscious proprioception?

I am coming from a place of an awakening - I'm consciously aware of my body's position and state of balance like I never was before. The sparkles I see representing feedback from my body. The shadow map of my potential....

it's more about the quality of the proprioception.

Definitely! I believe the quality of conscious awareness about the positioning and balance of the body is increased by 'tapping into' the sensory feedback from the body's Base-Line. (Pelvic floor rectus abdominis). A central reference for the relative positioning of the body.

Comment by leggi on Why are people so bad at dating? · 2019-11-01T07:00:33.697Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I find it interesting the amount of comments and karma a question about dating has attracted on a rationality website.

We are all biological creatures, however well we think we think and analysis and rationalise.

Pheromones play a bit part in attraction.

Sniffing out a potential mate in a crowd, rather than one-to-one encounters, will have a higher "success" rate.

Hormones a big influence on physiology and behaviour. We don't get a lot of say in that!

Comment by leggi on Alignment & Balance of the Human Body. Midline Anatomy & the Median Plane. · 2019-10-31T08:30:10.732Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

My first hook: pains of an imbalanced body.

A rational explanation for so much pain that many people seem to have?

All the anatomy is in my first two posts. All that is required is the consideration of that anatomy. Find the muscles, feel for them working.

I'm hoping the demographic of LW means there's enough fairly healthy subjects that are both logical and curious in their thinking to spend a little time thinking about how their own body works. The benefits are worth it!

Comment by leggi on Major Sources of Pain? Myalgia of an Imbalanced Body & Physical Restrictions Reducing Movement. · 2019-10-31T03:50:29.054Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Anything that helps regain movement by releasing tissues should help - in theory. I am cautious to say yes because the variability in quality of therapists/techniques. Also I was too far past outside help when I started this. My body too restricted, misaligned, too painful to touch. Lying on a treatment table was awkward positioning for me.

Self healing is possible -i.e. do it yourself. More effort, more effective long-term, no cost - other than time and thought. Feel for yourself by working from Base-Line is the take home message. Connecting body and mind - listen to it.

Massage (self or other) , physio balls, hot water bottles, "hot sauce" muscle warming cream... Whatever seems right at the time.

As for the rhomboids.

All muscles should be under voluntary control, the wiring in place to activate them, so anything that increases awareness of the body is a good thing in my mind.

Question 1. Why do you want to ''hold'' shoulders back? Hold suggests fixed. This is all about regaining a full range of movement and releasing tension.

Question 2. "back" in relation to what? Positioning is relative. It should be considered relative to midline anatomy - linea alba, nuchal & supraspinous ligaments.

The trapezius muscles cover the rhomboids. A blanket of muscle from the back of the head to mid-back, shoulder to shoulder, that should be smooth and wrinkle free.

When the trapezius muscles are free to fully extend in all directions the underlying muscles (including the rhomboids) can function better. Activation from the lower trapezius, movement extending upwards and out.... the middle trapezius able to fully extend, the upper trapezius free of restrictions so the head can move in all directions.

You should be able to easily feel the nuchal ligament in your neck (I could not!). Extend your head backward and press your fingers on the midline of the back of your neck. Then tilt your head forward and should be able to feel the nuchal ligament 'popping out' as it tightens to limit the forward bending of your head and neck. Do you have a full range of movement in your neck? Does the nuchal ligament feel like it can form a straight line?

Working from Base-Line, focusing on these 5 main muscles and everything else falls into place...

Comment by leggi on Theories of Pain · 2019-10-30T04:55:41.266Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I found this post when I joined LW a couple of months ago, thank you for writing it. I have my own theory of pain and would appreciate your thoughts.

I too have had a lot of pain, found little help from doctors, tried many therapies and spent a lot of time researching. Bits of truth in many things, nothing that worked for me.

The thing that finally made a difference was focusing on the muscles I used. Learning to use my body better, regaining my natural range of movement and realising 'alignment' of the body meant aligning my midline anatomy on the median plane. Full extension of the linea alba, nuchal and supraspinous ligaments. Its all about balance and anatomy ...

Comment by leggi on Why are people so bad at dating? · 2019-10-29T12:26:42.434Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Totally agree. "Dating" is an artificial concept.

Meeting lots of people, spending time with anyone you click with, being honest about what you want and who you are (confidence) ...

can work wonders to finding a compatible mate.

Comment by leggi on The Five Main Muscles for a Full Range of Natural Movement, Dynamic Alignment & Balance. · 2019-10-28T10:53:29.415Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you for thinking about this framework and these muscles. Bit by bit see how it feels. I'm too excited to get on with other things so a longer answer:

The psoas....

"your psoas muscles are the primary connectors between your torso and your legs."

Primary connectors? A big statement, and I'd say no. A connection - yes, but looking at the anatomy (position/attachments/influence) of the psoas, versus a combination of 3 of the main muscles for movement: rectus abdominis, rectus femoris, gluteus maximus. What seems a 'better' system to move?, What muscles are capable of stabilising and connecting the leg (from pelvis to shin) and torso (from pelvis to thorax) through a full range of movement?

Edited to add anatomy from Gray's:

 The Psoas major (Psoas magnus) is a long fusiform muscle placed on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the lesser pelvis. It arises from the anterior surfaces of the bases and lower borders of the transverse processes of all the lumbar vertebræ from the sides of the bodies and the corresponding intervertebral fibrocartilages of the last thoracic and all the lumbar vertebræ by five slips, each of which is attached to the adjacent upper and lower margins of two vertebræ, and to the intervertebral fibrocartilage; from a series of tendinous arches which extend across the constricted parts of the bodies of the lumbar vertebræ between the previous slips; the lumbar arteries and veins, and filaments from the sympathetic trunk pass beneath these tendinous arches. The muscle proceeds downward across the brim of the lesser pelvis, and diminishing gradually in size, passes beneath the inguinal ligament and in front of the capsule of the hip-joint and ends in a tendon; the tendon receives nearly the whole of the fibers of the Iliacus and is inserted into the lesser trochanter of the femur.

Structurally, does a muscle that attaches to the lumbar spine and the femur seem a good idea as the primary connection between torso and legs?

"They affect your posture and help to stabilize your spine".

True. But 'secondary'. The psoas isn't meant to "take the strain" and the lumbar spine is prone to problems when muscles aren't used correctly.

"weak psoas muscles can cause many of the surrounding muscles to compensate and become overused"

Indeed. But I would argue that "weak" psoas ( over stressed?) comes with misusage of the 'main muscles of movement' and the imbalance and misalignment of the body.

thinking about 5 muscles gives you something to focus on to develop "conscious proprioceptive skills" - psoas are not good to focus on, hence not part of your five muscles of movement.

I'm not saying other muscles are unimportant (getting out of bed will be an issue if many individual muscles didn't function). I am saying that these 5 muscles are the main muscles to focus on to using to their full potential and are the primary 'support' and 'guides' to align and balance the body. (which is a good thing).

Finding my Base-Line was the key to developing my conscious proprioception. Having the sensory feedback about primary guide for alignment (linea alba), feeling my 'core pillar of strength' (It's hard not to resort to soundbites because they sum it up so well!)

The anatomy is all there. I believe it will stand up to the scrutiny of the biggest collection of rational thinkers I could find.

Comment by leggi on The Five Main Muscles for a Full Range of Natural Movement, Dynamic Alignment & Balance. · 2019-10-28T09:31:58.368Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW
When you talk about "discovering something" and "feeling" your are correct, my impression goes into "crackpot" terrority, claiming on generalities from n=1. I love crackpot theories, but for a site like LessWrong I think it is reasonable to hold you to higher epistemic standards, which is why I am on your back about this.

Thank you! With all the karma I can bestow.

I know how it sounds. But I know I am right. I am but one let the ripples begin.

This is a rushed reply in a few minutes, I will answer in more detail when I can but I am on LW because hope for an audience that would:

  • Question me, to help me develop my thoughts and explanations....
  • Be curious enough to think about these 5 muscles. Look at the anatomy. Find the muscles on your body. Starting from Base-Line Try it. Feel it. Give it time.

pelvic floor Base. rectus abdominis Line - section by section. rectus femoris shin to hip. gluteus maximus solid and strong. trapezius wide and free.

That sums it up. Focus on these muscles and improve the physical state of the body.

Comment by leggi on Two explanations for variation in human abilities · 2019-10-28T06:15:01.482Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I try and imagine what I'd have been like born into another life. How I'd act, what I'd think without various events in my life.

The exposure to ideas at a young age was a big factor in my brain me thinks... The example that's being kicking around in my head (enough for me to consider looking into this shortform thingy the cool kids seem to have..)

Kids should see the stars.

Seeing the real night sky blew my mind, another level of awareness and thinking at a very young age.

I do wonder, how often do people see the stars these days?

What level of light pollution disconnects and isolates us from the universe just out there?

The curiosity stage should be stuffed, kids are sponges that can grasp a lot but they need the exposure. ... basic physics whilst finger-painting, basic chemistry when baking, anatomy pyjamas! Laying the building blocks. Find a kid's interests, their links to learning more about the world.

The opportunity for the creation of truly great (free access) educational material to 'teach the world' excites me, more understanding = more progress in my mind.

Comment by leggi on What are some unpopular (non-normative) opinions that you hold? · 2019-10-26T10:29:27.318Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

So much negative karma in all at once! I'll have another attempt..

The Question - What are some unpopular (non-normative) opinions that you hold?

I took the following as the answer:

Women's agency, especially their sexual agency, is contrary to a society's progress and stability.


What does 'women's agency' mean?

What does 'woman's sexual agency mean'?

The term agency is new to me. A definition I found:

Agency is the ability to act in a way to accomplish your goals.

Which leads me to ask - what goals? What are the goals of women? I am totally unaware of the existence of a set of particular goals for women, so I cannot understand what actions/behaviours to accomplish the 'goals of women' are contrary to a society's progress and stability. There is a list in the second paragraph (A presumption that these are the agencies the OP refers to):

if women are given a choice they favour a minority of males, harem behaviour, promiscuity, childlessness, etc.

Do they? What is that based on? Is there any evidence for this statement?

men ... paid for their labours with access to sex and reproduction.

I really don't know what to do with that sentence.

As for my little rant - the OP twice mentions that people get "enraged" so I let it flow a bit .. (I appreciate my style doesn't conform, but hey-ho) ...

Men do the bulk of the work when it comes to creating, maintaining, and defending everything in society.

Is this a rationally defendable position?

Is there any truth in it, where's the justification? I would classify it as whatever LWspeak is for 'absolutely stupid' on evaluating the words used. I did request clarity about 'creating, maintaining and defending everything' What is this bulk of work for everything in society that men do?

Hysterical - the certain type of rant that comes with dealing with such BS. I finally understood the word!

This premise seems to be almost unconsciously accepted by everyone I raise it with. The part that people become enraged by is their own solutions to the problem. I merely state the premise, not any course of action to be taken.

How broad a range of people do you raise it with? I an imagine a proportion of the population agreeing with you (and that imagination takes me to a rowdy bar on a Friday night).

There is talk of a problem that needs a solution. I do not see a valid problem. (I see a lot of problems in society but women 'having a choice' is not one of them)

In conclusion the original non-normative opinion is based on nothing 'solid' as far as I can see.

And this has been a welcome distraction while my brain processes some thoughts and angles sparked by interactions with LW.

Comment by leggi on [deleted post] 2019-10-26T05:20:37.041Z
" Exact Position ". ... cases where the body has the same exact position at two different points in time or whether you see the term to refer to something very specific that's not repeated.

I am trying to distinguish between the position you think you are in (for want of better wording) v. the actual position (the aimed for position v. reality - if trying to do a pose). Positions can be repeated in my head although the phrase 'you can't cross the same river twice' comes to mind.

What I mean by 'exact position' is consider all the details of the whole body. Becoming aware of the whole though conscious proprioception.

When trying to explain my hypothesis many have asked for specific exercises, but it's about all the possibilities and having a full range of natural movement. Innumerable positions = can't be given a set of instructions. The kind of thought I'm working on but the wording's not great. I've been hung up on positioning because of the requests and trying to get the point across that there is no structured method to follow. Not a routine to copy, not a set of exercises or poses to work through, it's about feeling it for yourself..

You once speak about position as "How you are holding yourself. " afterwards you speak about it as being the sum of how all the joints in the body are positioned.

Do I? I can't see where. I want to shift the focus away from the positioning of joints and onto the condition of the main muscles when considering posture. (unless you mean in the current methods of postural analysis which focus far too much on the spine and joints in my opinion).

I see the human body as constantly being in movement,
it's questionable to strive to optimize for the body being in a specific static position

I agree. I want to use words like flow and fluid and dynamic. I'm not encouraging static poses, they are examples of "end-points" It's about regaining a full range of movement to be able to get to those points ...

I don't see an argument in your post why you believe this "good posture" to be desirable.

It's the bit you quoted.

"With a good posture the body feels comfortable at rest. Movement is smooth and free, with a sense of balance and ease"

It is a big claim - It's how I feel. It's what I feel, but I've never liked the wording (felt more like propaganda and so I've deleted it - thank you for the push... ). So I ask myself why I believe this good posture is desirable? Because focusing on these 5 main muscles of movement has changed my life and I feel better than I ever have done before, which I'll cover a bit in my next post - but my experiences are only hearsay. With this 'good posture' things feels natural, movement is easy, my body strong and balanced.

person with a smooth heart rate with little variation is stressed (they have high HRV)

HRV = heart rate variability? A smooth heart rate has a low HRV I would have thought?

I would expect that very smooth movement always comes with stress and that a sense of ease usually correlates with a bit of entropy (and thus nonsmoothness) in the movement.

This I would disagree with. Relaxed movement feels smooth and easy. A stressed body is tense and trembly.

A calm body has a lower respiratory rate (and therefore an increase in respiratory sinus arrhythmia i.e. increased HRV?- I'm just basing that on canine cardiology - it's a marked phenomenon in the species!)

Thank you for your thoughts, it's given me more to think about and assessing what I am trying to say!

Comment by leggi on What are some unpopular (non-normative) opinions that you hold? · 2019-10-25T12:26:03.835Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I'm going to classify my opinion on this as non-normative because it appears to be presented as a "good thing" whenever I come across it, and I don't agree.

Economic growth.

Shouldn't we be considering stability and sustainability for our resources rather than this magical "X% growth" I hear of?

Increase of understanding and spread of knowledge should always be encouraged.

Comment by leggi on What are some unpopular (non-normative) opinions that you hold? · 2019-10-25T11:20:51.275Z · score: -8 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Can I have a LW definition of "agency" i.e what is a woman's sexual agency in easy to understand terms?

I see no problem that needs solving presented here.

Otherwise a little rant, possibly enraged by the absolute stupidity of the middle paragraph.

Men do the bulk of creating? Creating what? Life? The next generation? A few seconds work = half the DNA. Hardly a fair distribution of the "work" of creating people. Yes, most inventions/discoveries seem to be made by men - a select set of men who have had the opportunity of education and the advantage being able to focus on their work rather than the trivialities of surviving...

Maintaining what? The children? The food? The home? The land? The community? The peace by meeting the sexual needs of men? Look back in time - or around the world. The maintenance of society comes with everyone contributing. Not just women just flashing their tits to get things done and giving it up when someone else desires.

Defending? You mean men fighting amongst themselves? Or defending women from other men? Yeah, thanks for that. Give every woman the ability to defend herself and then lets see.

if women are given a choice ...

! I can manage nothing but sarcasm ...


This premise seems to be almost unconsciously accepted by everyone I raise it with.

Lads night down at the bar eh?

Comment by leggi on What are some unpopular (non-normative) opinions that you hold? · 2019-10-25T10:03:42.694Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for an explanation of a down-vote, it's good to know why!

What is the normative opinion of democracy? (depends on who you ask I guess!)

And then the opposite.