There are two fascial lines at the front of the body.
The Superficial Front Line starts at the toes, moves up to the rector femoris (quadriceps), then over our rectus abdominals, then up over the sternum, up the sternocleidomastoid and finishes just near the back of the ear.
This line balances the Superficial Back Line, and stands ready to defend our body by protecting the ventral cavity. (where all your vital organs hang out)
This line acts as a single link from the top to bottom. It’s function is to stabilise the upper body posture on the lower body and to allow movements like bending as well as lifting and lowering of the upper body.
Great exercise choices to lengthen this line include: Camel, Upward Facing Dog, Backbend (great done on a stability ball), kneeling or standing long lunge with extended arm, but remember with all these exercises, the ligament that runs up the front on the spine (anterior longitudinal ligament) is not very elastic, so you need to give it time to release, TAKE YOUR TIME.
The other line is called the Deep Front Line it also start at the foot, then moves up the Tibialis Posterior and Flexor Longus muscles in the Calves, run up the inside of the leg through the Adductors, and this is where it gets interesting. One part of the line travels up through the Pelvic Floor, included wrapping around the entire abdomen via the transverse muscle, while the other part of the same line travels from the pectinous (adductor) to the iliopsoas, along to the quadrates lumborum and the anterior longitudinal ligament. This line then makes its way up to the the neck and head included those deep scalene muscles
This line is so important when it comes to maintaining our core alignment and core stability. So when you think core think this line. It is also paramount in diaphragmatic breathing and the health of our T/Spine.
Some Postural functions of this line are:
- Stability of each segment of the legs, including the hips
- Supporting the lumbar spine from the front
- Surrounding and shaping the abdomino-pelvic balloon
- Stabilising the chest while allowing the expansion and relaxation of breathing
- Balancing the fragile neck and heavy head on the spine.
- The same exercises as above are great for this Deep Front Line, but try on the lunge to shorten the stance and tuck the hips under. you will find this gets into the Psoas more. Another great stretch for this line is, placing a yoga block under your pelvis, lying face up, extend one leg out, pointing toes down and draw the other leg to your chest. This is where you can practice your Diaphragmatic Breathing