Posture: The Long and Winding Road

In this comment I promised readers a posture guide. That guide is now on hold for good reasons, which I am about to explain.

Firstly, if you are a writer and creator of materials, my primary piece of advice is to not begin writing something before you have fully tested it to success on yourself. I have written many pieces, or started to write them, before fully realizing those results for myself. One good exception is my work on concentration meditation, which has remained stable, much like its fractal parent, concentration meditation itself, which conditions a state of stable awareness.

Posture has been a very long road for me. I have now been at it for four and a half years. It is an unstable topic, in that new discoveries render entire previous concepts immediately invalid. An example is Esther Gokhale’s various methods. If you try her shoulder roll, but literally cannot make the physical movement all the way back due to shoulder immobility (usually via computer use), a good idea is rendered useless. It turns out that, if you have truly “primeval” posture, shoulder rolls themselves are completely superfluous, as your shoulder is already seated in its correct position. Thus we become aware of “compromise methods”, which Gokhale Method, Alexander Technique, and most posture and movement guides indeed are. They are layman’s compensations for a lifetime of error.

That’s not to say I have anything better. The truth is, this whole area is largely a tactical retreat. If you want good posture and muscle function, go back in time to before you ever sat at a desk. The conditioning began there, and it is truly terrible. I am about to explain why, but for now you have to understand that there is NO straightforward fix for accumulated muscle habits. It is reversible, but not in a way you’re likely to appreciate nor understand upon first investigation. That’s not an insult to you, either — it really is just an incredibly tough, frustrating topic which does not lend itself well to intuitive thought. I will nevertheless attempt to explain exactly how to achieve such a goal (though you never will, because you will be “unwinding” literally thousands of “wound” muscles for eternity — though you can make progress).


Yawning

When I promised to write the guide, I had just figured out a technique for muscles and posture correction which had never before been seen: yawning. In fact, I was surprised to have not seen it anywhere before, even in the de facto muscles manual by Thomas Myers.

For centuries, man has struggled to determine the true purpose of yawning. I can now say with good certainty that most of those proposed reasons are total hogwash.

The real purpose of yawning is as a “release catch” for fascia, and thus muscles. Yawning sends a “release” signal to fascia, which then immediately relaxes the muscles and facilitates stretching, hence why the two are always coupled in animals. (Fascia is the “control system” for muscles, which is really annoying when you find out how it ruins everything further down the line.) Yawning’s “release catch” happens via the following two mechanisms:

  1. A light REM burst during the in-breath. (Look out for it)
  2. An “electrical current” sensation applied to the muscles, particularly to the base of the spine — the “centre of the organism” — during the out-breath. (Look out for it)

These things are quite easily noticed during the act if you just pay attention. There — another centuries-old scientific mystery revealed. I almost feel like asking Brian Cox if he’s ever noticed that time doesn’t actually exist beyond his equations, and that this is the reason why timelines appear to overlap at high velocities — but it would probably fry his grinning brain.

When I began writing the aforementioned posture guide, I had just noticed that yawning could be used to release muscles. Unfortunately I began writing the guide before properly putting the technique through its paces.

I found that by standing in various poses and yawning, muscles released into preferential positions. I am not going to tell you what those poses are, due to what happened next.

Muscle Pockets

Muscles are supposed to sit in pockets, which are determined by fascia. Fascia is your “connective tissue”, kind of like a grid determining where everything is meant to be within your body. Here is what Thomas Myers has to say about it:

There really is only one muscle; it just hangs around in 600 or more fascial pockets. We have to know the pockets and understand the grain and thickenings in the fascia around the muscle – in other words, we still need to know the muscles and their attachments.

I imagine it being a bit like the Batman suit in the newer movies:

There are clear “pockets” in which everything is meant to sit. It turns out that this true for your muscles in reality. In fact, through years of sitting at a computer, your muscles can actually move outside of their “pockets”. This is no longer an analogy: there are pockets, and muscles are supposed to be inside them. Chances are, if you’re from the lazy West, many of your muscles will have drifted from those pockets. In fact, the Flex & Rotate method only works on drifted muscles — hence why some of you reported no spontaneous muscle rotation. Muscles only rotate to get partially back into their pockets. If a muscle is seated correctly in its pocket, it literally does not rotate upon flexion. True story. I only figured this out once some of my muscles got reseated.

This “pocket” model is a literal fact, which is one reason why posture is kind of a disturbing subject if you get into it seriously — and why the “solutions” are equally disturbing.

I discovered, just from personal experiment — and some apparent “insight” into the weirdness of the human condition — that yawning could actually send a “reset” signal to fascia and enact a spontaneous relaxation and repositioning of muscles.

In fact, by standing in certain poses (which I won’t describe now due to what happened next) and yawning, I found I could fundamentally reset major muscle groups into their “default” position.

This was chaotic. By simply placing my hands behind my shoulders so I resembled a kind of “wing” formation (this shape left intentionally vague), and yawning several times, I suddenly found my abdominal fasciae sending “reordering” signals to my abdominal muscles. I felt this literally happening in real time, but tried to ignore it.

I sat down and got on with some work. When I stood up, my abdominal muscles spontaneously moved upward and “snapped” back into their abdominal fascial pockets.

This felt like a bowling ball being dropped onto my chest. Or maybe what it would feel like to be shot.

It didn’t overtly “hurt”, but it was a real, tangible movement of muscle mass — and it turns out the body doesn’t like that. In fact, it recognizes such movements as a serious injury.

The biological response to such a large-scale sudden movement of muscle mass was total systems shock — adrenaline, numbness, dizziness, “throat closing”, and general panic. I am really glad I am a meditation expert and have developed huge control over things like the panic response, because this was one time I really needed that.

Imagine getting punched in the stomach. You begin breathing deeply because this moves the muscle rhythmically and tells the central nervous system where everything still is.

Now imagine breathing deeply, but finding the muscle is now in an upward position — which has emotional correlations with “tension” — and that it just stays there, and nothing you can do can enact a “relax” response to move that muscle back down.

Why? Because it has literally moved anatomical position.

It takes the cerebellum (and then, noticeably, the right brain) some time to “remap” the muscle to its new position and adjust the emotional responses in respect to that.

In fact, the new (correct) positioning lent itself to an extreme shift toward emotional stability. It turned out that the wild flexing of the stomach muscles I had previously experienced — which my emotional systems perceived as distress and anxiety — was actually the “will” for those muscles to return to their correct location (about half an inch north of where they previously were).

Now the muscles are in their correct place, any emotional stimulus I “don’t like” results in a solid tightening of the abdominal muscles in their correct location. I can tap those muscles with my finger and it makes a clear “bongo drum” sound. Before, it was more like a soft clay sound. Importantly, this emotional response now feels strong and capable, whereas before it felt flailing and weak. It is like I literally have a sheet of solid steel armour there, where before there was nothing.

I am so sorry — I am not going to give the tech clearly, because the feeling that one has been shot in the gut is so paralysing and distressing that I would not wish it unexpectedly upon my worst enemy, let alone the readers of my blog. I literally lay down for an hour, debating whether or not to phone an ambulance. I didn’t know what was happening, and there was no recourse.

In a later yawning, when my left arm moved half an inch to the rear of where it started out, I literally went to the emergency room. The doctor told me there was nothing physically wrong with me, it was all in my head, and not to bother him again. My arm moved so much (partially as a result of knot removal — see later section) that my body “lost” it. It felt like literally the arm no longer existed. I was calling people up asking if they thought my arm might be dislocated. This effect just vanished about a day later. You couldn’t make up what tricks the mind plays on you when such events have played out. You might think I sound insane — and I am — but this method I’ve developed corrects issues so quickly that at times the body cannot keep up.

This is a “real deal” tech, which drastically alters one’s physiology in a matter of moments. I am purposefully not subjecting you to it. I have felt entirely better for it — eventually — and will post up new pics of what I’ve been able to achieve, once I’ve lost a bit of weight from all the non-training I’ve not been doing (it turns out that weight training adds layer upon layer of problems if you don’t know what you are doing, hence why I stopped. Have you ever seen a weightlifter with good posture? Now I know what I’m doing, I can actually start to lift weights again.)

Fascia

Here is what the “Father of Fascia” (I’ve just made that up), Thomas Myers, has to say about fascia:

Myers has shone light where before there was darkness. He reminds me of me: he sees what’s right in front of own nose. However, he has the advantage that he can actually be bothered to write up his findings.

For now, it’s back to me.

Are you a hardcore computer user? Touch your opposite shoulder, around near the collarbone. Do you feel tough, leather-like skin? This is where the fascia has literally “wound” itself into various spirals and other circular patterns, in accordance with your regular computer use.

It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is: Fascia literally controls the underlying muscle movement patterns.

That muscle might look to you like it’s just sitting there, waiting to be “moved” by “you” — but the reality is far different: Its movement is controlled by the looped-over layers of “skin” that is the fascia.

You have conditioned that fascia into those layers. That is how you end up with “crooked shoulders” (mouse hand different from keyboard hand) and, ultimately, rounded shoulders and other postural deformities.

“Just stand up straight!”

Yeah, you might be able to hold that for like 6 seconds, but you have conditioned your muscular system into a bizarre crooked computer hunchback pose. Esther Gokhale’s methods cannot scratch the surface of this mess. I’m so sorry. Welcome to my last four years of hell.

Thomas Myers advocates tearing apart adhered layers of fascia in order to regain freedom of movement:

I personally found that, in the mirror opposite style of purposeful tissue destruction, myofascial unwinding can be taken to its extreme — requiring many hours of practice — in order to “undo” severe postural problems. Here is one scientist’s take on the practice:

Therapists use an induction process to initiate fascial unwinding in a client. The client responds to the induction with spontaneous bending, rotating, and twisting of the upper or lower limbs or the whole body in either a rhythmic or a chaotic pattern. This response can be thought of as a spontaneous expression of movement. The phenomenon of unwinding, in which parts of the body move spontaneously and involuntarily, can appear mystical, and yet its therapeutic effects are known both anecdotally and clinically. These effects, however, are not well reported.

Firstly, let me just say to you, that, like every other science paper I’ve ever read on anything, if that cunt actually understands what he’s seeing then he sure as hell cannot report it within the guidelines of the “system” he is required to write under. Scientists can’t report what they see because their whole system is set up to turn them into mindless binary computers and morons creating relationships from thin air via a linear system which encourages lazy, modal thinking. Science thinks it’s great, but in reality it is a system to help morons make themselves look like they’re clever and like they’ve “really, truly discovered something”, and has resulted in such catastrophes as “global warming” (wobal glorming), the biggest scam to hit humanity since socialism. Like The Streets, you’re nothing but lazy words and shitty beats.

I discovered myofascial unwinding myself — before finding out it was a “thing” — via synaesthesia. The windings of the fascia (and thus muscles, since fascia controls muscles) appear like contour lines around my limbs, literally visually. I can still see the entire workings of my musculature system, visually, and have used this to instruct my massage therapists to remove severe knots caused by various injuries over the years.

When you hold your arm out on the mouse for an extended period, you never release that pose like nature demands. Nature has a really specific pattern for “thrusting arm forward” — meaning the opposite leg will also extend, and the other limbs will take on opposite positions. When you withdraw your arm, the other limbs will sympathize in their respective patterns. This is completely normal movement, and is what tai chi helps to restore.

When you sit on a computer, however, there is no sympathetic movement of opposing limbs. Your mouse arm winds, and the opposite limbs twitch, but the true form is never obeyed. Thus, your extended arm is kind of “frozen” in that shape, and fascia and muscle is trained into a pattern to support it. If you develop synaesthesia, you can literally see these patterns like contour lines on a map. Don’t do this — it it highly distressing to see how much of you is still left to “undo”. I literally see winding snakes or cable-like structures throughout my body. For Eight-Circuit Model fans, this is textbook Circuit V. Heil Anton Wilson! Unlike Bob, however, I literally believe I could have cured my polio — because my Circuit V imprint is so strong I could have literally seen and “undone” the anomalies. This is exactly how I’ve ended up sorting out my posture over the years (and developed a bizarre Circuit VI reimprinting tech via such pathways). This is a real side-tangent, but Bob smoked dope until the end without ever truly imprinting Circuit V. You can imprint Circuit V if you learn the lessons that are presented to you while on weed. The biomechanics of the body are perhaps the most straightforward presentation made synaesthetically while on marijuana. Start doing yoga and let it lead you, while paying attention to the visual field in front of you and what “pops” into it. Be alone, begin to observe — and get a notebook if you’re into that sort of thing.

Because you are flailing your wrist around habitually while sat at a computer, and because the opposite-and-complementary limb retractions and extensions are blocked, your fasciae begin to wind. By the time you have been using computers for 10 or more years, you have perhaps 10,000+ windings. They go into your neck (in a huge way), and pull muscle fibres from your arms into your torso (which must then be “reclaimed”). These windings are demonstrable via video. I still have several hundred and am willing to film it if demand is high enough — and the bizarre Circuit V technique which allows me to find them and pull them back to where they’re meant to be.

These fascial windings are half by accident, half by design: YES they distort the limb and compromise its general function, but YES they also provide strength via extra muscle assimilation towards that function.

You are doing the exact same thing via weight training, but lifting weight tends to be a far more simplistic and straightforward fascial conditioning. The real problem with computer use is the freedom of the shoulder: it allows rotations in 360° × 360° spheres. This allows muscles to “loop” and, eventually, form the hunchbacked computer nerd that stares back at you chillingly from the mirror. 🙁 This was me five years ago — now I have dead-straight posture, and photos will follow soon — but much grief was experienced on the path to undo such windings — namely, figuring out that such windings were what were taking place, since you can’t actually get that straight answer from anyone you ask. Seriously, try asking someone about this stuff, especially “experts” — they literally don’t know what they’re talking about, which would be funny if it didn’t cost you.

Thomas Myers, based on the video I shared earlier, appears to support fascial tearing to regain range of motion from such “windings”. Having unwound 9,000+ fascial windings — and been bored senseless by it, and questioning if whether such a method could ever truly be taught — I have come to ask myself whether perhaps just tearing the fascia (and letting it heal afterwards — the one good thing about the muscular system is that it is highly regenerative) might be our “shortcut” through this mess. Well, I don’t actually know Thomas’s exact teachings in this area, so have ordered his book and DVD to learn what it is he actually does.

Until now, my approach has mainly centred around maintaining as much structural integrity as possible without sacrificing anything — so I have tended to focus upon myofascial unwinding, and my own (synaesthetic) system for guiding such unwinding, in order to facilitate huge change without loss of biological integrity. In fact, I have really weird unwinding protocol which takes muscle fibres from, say, the upper body, and returns them to the “arm”. This is the sort of muscle pattern mess that computer use causes, and which I can now undo. My unwinding protocol is based entirely on visuo-kinaesthetic (“see-feeling”; the right brain) sensing and has not been described anywhere else, to my knowledge. I would love to show this tech off — it truly is bizarre, yet cures problems in seconds, which other systems have been unaware of or, in any case, unable to treat.

I will have to wait to receive Myers’ book and DVD to see what his opinion and recommendations are for such practice. Myers is one of the few people I actually respect, so I am happy to have him be the voice of experience (while meanwhile making my own theories and bombarding him with emails, as I have done with my other inspirations — Rupert Sheldrake is actually pretty cool, by the way 🙂 ).

Knots

Fascial winding as a model just doesn’t cover it. Sorry, Thomas. While fascia is a “control system” for muscles, at the same time, if muscles are in a knot then that must be mechanically dealt with via pressure. There is a 1:1 relationship between knots and fascia, but in some cases the muscles cause the fascia distortion, not the other way around. (03/07/2015: Bullshit. Knots and fascial winding are the same phenomenon. A knot will typically occur where two “wound” systems intersect.)

The truth is, in my experience, that, as a hardcore computer user you will tend to find huge muscle knots in the vicinity of the major joints. In my own model, this is because the locus of motion of those joints has changed. So, rather than moving your arm from somewhere near your neck (where your body thinks your joint is, according to its own internal model), you have instead been moving your hand from a locus of motion somewhere near your upper arm — for example when moving the mouse for 10 hours every day. I believe you will find a “swirl” of muscle in this location, which shouldn’t be there. These knots and swirls take on the role of a “substitute joint” — because you keep moving your arm from these loci due to computer use, and muscles tend toward compensation and adaptation always.

At the same time, having your legs spreadeagled beneath a desk every day since the age of four has moved their loci of motion to somewhere in the upper leg, south of the hip where it’s supposed to be. This leads to tilted pelvis and the “bow-legged” look of modern, gurning man.

Major Knot Locations

  • Armpit, spreading into front of chest
  • Armpit, spreading into back
  • Upper arm/”shoulder”
  • Shoulder blades
  • Hip, spreading down into leg and up into body
  • Outer upper leg

Minor Knot Locations

  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Groin
  • Possibly ankles
  • All along spine from base up into head
  • Probably everywhere else in the body

Knot Removal

The basic method of removing a muscle knot is to have constant firm pressure applied to the knot while breathing slowly, deeply and regularly. This seems to activate the nerves in those muscle fibres, and also separate them so they can “flow” back to where they’re supposed to be. Breathing actually helps “feed” muscle fibres through, and is an essential part of the method. I tend to breathe through my mouth and nose simultaneously. I also sometimes imagine breathing “into” the knot, which seems to help it pull itself through more easily.

I cannot ethically advise you to attempt to remove knots yourself. I caused myself REAL problems by attempting this. There are REAL dangers to it, mainly due to sudden “remapping” of a muscle position in the brain’s model. Get someone who knows what they are doing, e.g. a massage therapist, to do this for you. Don’t try it yourself. Also, have it performed slowly over time, e.g. over several sessions with days in between, and do not rush — the body needs time to “remap” the moved muscle in its neurological model. The bigger the muscle knot, the more time will need to be taken to release it. Additionally, manipulating such knots DOES cause neurotransmitter release. These neurotransmitters, in my experience, tend toward adrenaline and generally unpleasant sensations and dysphoria. Generally, the process of knot removal is unpleasant and at times disturbing.

Removing huge knots, e.g. in the hip or armpit, causes HUGE biomechanical reconfigurations. This is generally a horrible experience. The body just thinks it is being injured the whole time. Even when done via a competent massage therapist, I still had “cotton mouth” from the adrenaline, and a dysphoria which sometimes lasted a couple of days. There is no such thing as a free lunch.


While I believe bodily correction is possible with less pain than Thomas Myers prophesies — and I believe my methods might be on the right track to forming such a solution with less pain — to get towards anything resembling “natural” or “primal”, if you have been a hardcore computer user for many years, is extremely difficult. However, big gains can be made in a relatively short time period. My next task is to formalize how to make the biggest gains via the least trouble. I will write a post soon with a “modified shoulder roll” which will hopefully get hardcore computer users onto the right track. However, to truly fix oneself will require the kinds of crazies I have been discussing in this post — such as myofascial unwinding, knot removal, and a generally enhanced body awareness. I will be filtering such methods through to you over the next few weeks.

If you are impressed by my models and my teachings, simply remember that I am the Tathagata and I am the light — and all I ask is that you worship me.

Jokes. 😉

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27 Responses

  1. William says:

    Thanks Ed for giving me a chance to strut like a bird and yawn while not feeling even a little bit ridiculous. After that I felt so sleepy… Good thing I don’t have a project due to tuesday.

    Don’t ever change Tathagata 🙂

  2. AnarchistSleeperCell says:

    Brian cox?
    Socialism?
    The Streets???

    Is nothing sacred anymore Tathagata?

    Anyway, great post. Yawning and sneezing are two of my favourite things, I’ve noticed the REM you describe before a good sneeze too. You noticed that?

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hello, Anarchist. Jolan’tru.

      Yes, I had noticed the REM burst before sneezing.

      The purpose of REM is to paralyse muscles by sending them chaotic nerve impulses. This is why animals can’t move during REM. The purpose of REM sleep (another non-understood phenomenon) is to perform a more thorough “wipe” of the day’s accumulated muscle tension patterns. Yawning can be seen as a mini–REM sleep to prepare the animal for rest or upon waking to help wipe the night’s accumulated tension patterns (from remaining in the same position for a long period). If you don’t currently yawn and stretch upon waking, start!

      All muscles are connected (which becomes a lot more apparent the more Circuit V–imprinted you become), and the eyes have been chosen to distribute these chaotic nerve signals via their muscles. During posture correction, one will occasionally experience a “nerve” sensation in the eye, which quickly dissipates a few minutes later.

      I will write a longer post about REM, and yawning, soon. REM can be used purposefully while conscious to “wipe” emotional responses in real time. It is part of my reimprinting tech.

      Tathagata out.

      • Rigz says:

        Once one muscle group “pops” back in and you have the horrible sensation, how does that affect other muscle groups around it? Did the abdomen all pop back in at once or did you have to do other muscles near it, the psoas, the obliques, etc? Are there any areas unaffected by this fascial winding.. for example the cock and balls or the eyes?

        • Illuminatus says:

          Hi Rigz,

          The abdomen slid up spontaneously in one muscle “sheet”. However, this was not precipitated by work on the abdominals directly (even though they are at the major “site” of yawning so do potentially get relaxed a lot by yawning). I had actually been working on my neck and shoulders.

          By adopting certain poses and placing your awareness on those muscles, you can “send a yawn into” specific muscles. I had made the neck, shoulders and upper arms infinitely looser over a period of around an hour, just by yawning. It was during the tail end of this that I started to feel the abdominals shifting, culminating in this “snap” effect.

          “Are there any areas unaffected by this fascial winding.. for example the cock and balls or the eyes?”

          I highly doubt the eyes can “wind” — in fact they seem to move in response to other locked muscles. For example, a facial “tic” in which the eyes suddenly dart to one side of the body at the same time as other muscles on that side twitch is a response to the “locked” pose of those muscles — so, if you follow my Look Down the Line post, you will see that the muscles are coordinated to follow the eyes (actually, the centre of awareness) in their movements. So, muscles locked on one side is perceived as “body pointing that way” in the body’s model. That’s why facial tics happen — they are a response to, say, a locked neck/arm. I had a slight facial tic which would kick off while on stimulant drugs (this is a common occurrence — and stimulant drugs should definitely be avoided during posture work). I am pleased to say this has now disappeared due to my work on that side of the body. I’ve really been able to tie up a lot of loose ends in this work.

          Regarding the balls, well interestingly I did experience some movement of those, too, but I believe this was due to tension in the surrounding muscles. For example, releasing muscles in the abdominal area actually led to the balls feeling like they were slightly “descending” into a more comfortable position. I actually believe impotence and most sexual anxiety is actually caused by upward tugging on the genitals by locked muscles caused by sitting. Balls retracting is part of the “fear” response. Resolving tension on those muscles caused by surrounding muscles actually alleviates much of the fear response generally (all things are connected). In other words, sitting is the devil.

          Another weird thing involving the balls was as follows. I jerk off with my left hand in order to utilize the cross-hemisphere “stranger” response (yes, I have a technique for everything). This leads to the left side experiencing more tension all down the body as this is where the “grip” response is taking place. When working on my upper left leg, there was noticeable movement/muscle release in the left ball.

          Regarding the “myofascial winding” model generally, I now have my doubts about whether that is the smoke or the fire. Last night, even just a couple of days after writing this article, I started working on my last remaining locked muscles using just yawning and this very gentle stretching method I’ve developed which I call “threading”. I made massive gains — seemingly far bigger than any previous unwinding protocol I tried — in just an hour or so. Unlocking specific muscles via this method also seemed to allow a lot of the “winding” to simply fall away, as winding appears to occur around specific locked muscle strands as its “epicentre” — kind of like taking the cardboard tube out of a reel of string, the string can just fall away. I’m at the stage now where I’d need to split-test this stuff on lots of other people to find out which is the quickest method. I suspect however it is the “yawning plus threading” method, and that myofascial winding as a concept is possibly overrated.

          • Rigz says:

            Thanks for the reply Edd. I’m curious however, is fascia at all related to relaxation or are they completely separate? With intentional muscle relaxation meditation, it is common to feel “waves” of relaxation pass through muscles as they are allowed to relax. These are often odd, being both pleasurably cathartic but sometimes slightly sharp, too. These motions take on a mind of their own and are accompanied by huge corresponding lights displays that can be seen in the minds eye. They invariably result in muscles feeling looser and emotions feeling lighter. As well as the fascia and “muscles not being in their pockets”, is there additional tension WITHIN the muscle that is separate to the fascia? I’m using my awareness to go “into” muscles and relax them by focusing on that area, letting the awareness “pool” there, and then allowing it to “flow”. Is this what you’re getting at with your “unwinding” technique and the “contours” you talk about, or something completely different?

  3. Illuminatus says:

    @Rigz:

    To answer this most concisely and accurately, there is a MASSIVE difference between a muscle being “relaxed” and it being “unwound” or extended back to its original length and position. My current model involves a section of a muscle fibre spasming during repetitive activities which means it does not extend back to its normal length. A common location for such spasm is where the “arm” joins the “neck” (in the reality there are no real such separations — muscles flow from one area to another as needed). The arm still has to function as an arm despite the shortening of which is initially a small section of muscle. So, other muscles “pick up the slack” and the arm rotates by an imperceptible amount. Due to this slight misfunction, other spasms are now more likely in that area. “Knots” form very easily — errors laid atop errors. However, there is something more important going on beyond what we consider normal “knots”: I believe muscles are supposed to slide through each other. Due to spasm however, relatively largely sections of two “muscles” can be locked together in a kind of lattice. These large lattices are what cause the real breakdown in biomechanics — and is what my “threading” tech is all about, since we can actually “tug” through individual strands and undo a lattice thread by thread.

    A muscle can be “relaxed” (which you might visualize as it being “depolarized”, therefore not currently being sent a contract signal). If you lie down and meditate, or use one of my REM methods, you can depolarize the entire muscular system and enter these highly relaxed states you just described, with “waves” moving through muscles depolarizing them. However, that is not the same as unthreading a lattice or breaking up a knot.

    When you get up and walk around, motion will be easier and more fluid due to the overall relaxation. However, with even slight stress, the knots and lattices will be fired up again and the relaxation effects on the form will begin to disappear fairly quickly.

    • Rigz says:

      Thanks for clearing up the difference. When you’ve done your threading method, is your body then flexible, or do you still need to lengthen out the muscle via typical stretching? I’m just wondering how much more flexible you become with proper alignment when everything is in its correct pocket. I mean some people are capable of doing the splits from early childhood, I could barely cross my legs. Some can do a double lotus easily, that’s completely out of the question for me due to how tight my hips are. In your opinion is it possible for someone who is very inflexible to become ultra flexible by these methods?

      • Illuminatus says:

        Threading typically involves extending that limb that that muscle strand is part of to full length anyway. This is done via a “weaving” pattern (picture how a worm moves along the ground). You go into the resistance a little bit, then leave off and see how it “wants” to feed through, then repeat. The “phase” of each of these “waves” (meaning how far into resistance, then how far into “leaving off”) you go depends upon the muscle strand in question, the complexity/directionality of the knot, and whether it “weaves” under bone or not.

        I’ve found that muscle strands can indeed get caught under certain bones, usually the ones that are part of joints with huge ranges of motion, e.g. the shoulder. E.g. muscle strands that are supposed to feed cleanly from the neck into the arm can get caught under the clavicle, from that spasm problem I described earlier. This is where my “weaving” or “threading” method comes up trumps against anything else out there (in fact I’ve never actually seen anything else even describe this “caught threads” problem before). It is a pain-free way to recover range of motion and, most importantly, get muscle strands back where they need to be. Encouragingly, this method does not require any understanding or concept of fascia in order to be successful.

        I’m basically nearly ready to turn this into a product, but I’m considering getting a qualification in the relevant field first in order to gain credibility AND be allowed to test it on patients first.

  4. Rigz says:

    Assuming that one does this method to completion on every joint and muscle in the body and has literally perfect posture, would you in doing that necessarily become incredibly flexible?

    Take this woman as an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtkubwlSaqg

    Do you think that ranges of motion like that are only possible with the right genetics or can they be achieved through practice, even by inflexible individuals?

    • Illuminatus says:

      I don’t know.

      I have become a LOT more flexible however since making various corrections. But I am still nowhere near “perfect”, in that I have these crossed muscles that require this “unthreading”. Crossed muscles, I believe, are a normal result of weight training. Fibres are pulled in from elsewhere to assist the trained paths of motion, and then stay there (this is all in my model; it may well be bullshit). I would imagine that woman has her muscles in perfect rows, close to how a baby would have them (and how cartoon people look in those wonderful medical diagrams). So, she is never pulling “across” muscle fibres that have “migrated”.

      Also notice how these ultra-flexible people are almost always thin or skinny. I think having extra muscle mass would probably make one less flexible the same way stretching 1000 elastic bands simultaneously would be a lot more difficult than stretching 100.

      Edd

  5. Illuminatus says:

    “I mean some people are capable of doing the splits from early childhood, I could barely cross my legs. Some can do a double lotus easily, that’s completely out of the question for me due to how tight my hips are.”

    I have THICK legs — always have. I could never do the splits. I believe that’s the “elastic band theorem” explained above. I could never do full lotus, but I believe that’s a literal matter of SPACE — I cannot literally lift my lower leg onto that thigh because that thigh is so big the knee could never bend that far, muscle stretchiness aside. The ligament itself would be the limitation, and you don’t want to go fucking around with them.

  6. danbk99 says:

    What do you think of the literature on “trigger points” ?? Is the concept valid or is it a gross misinterpretation of what is going on? (or none of the above?)

    • Illuminatus says:

      I believe it’s generally used as a synonym for “muscle knots”, and its full name is “myofascial trigger points”. That kind of assumes it’s a problem with the fascia, but I’m not so sure. Muscle knots definitely do exist, in my opinion.

      My massage therapist has done some good work on my knots. E.g. I found a massive one in my hip which was the result of an ankle injury a couple of years ago (I actually believe it was a result of the PHYSIO the hospital had me do, which consisted of standing on that one leg for long periods every day — wtf??). Anyway, she did some good work on it which hurt like hell, and seemed to know what she was doing. I could feel the knots slipping apart as she worked. However she then told me it would take at least 5 sessions to finish, and the leg would never be the same as before due to changes in biomechanics. She had however put enough neurons back “on the map”, and loosened enough muscle strands, that I could then go home and do my “threading” tech described above. The effect was like the leg “reinflating” (it had a huge “gauge” in it before where muscle had drawn into the knot). I knew it was practically healed. I went back 3 days later and showed her, and she said, “How have you done this?? There’s practically nothing left for me to do on it.” I explained about my synaesthesia and my other tech and she said she’d never heard anything like it.

      One important point about knots, I believe, is that the body actually has to be positioned right before they are worked on to allow the muscles to slip back to their normal place.. For example, many knots in the upper back are due to the arms, since most muscles in the upper body are dedicated to the arms. Due to the range of motion of the shoulder however muscles can be “looped” over the shoulder. You can release a knot but those muscles aren’t going to flow back whence they came unless the original path is open, so a position similar to the one in which the knot occurred should be adopted before work. Luckily, I have found a kind of “master position” which allows all muscles to have their “paths” aligned and flow back to where they’re meant to be. This is, roughly: lie on your belly. Place your elbows in front of your head. Push up on your elbows. Now, if you move any of those joints, e.g. shoulder, neck, you should soon feel your muscles/fascia “lube up” (it’s a known response — this position just seems to facilitate it). Now you can slowly extend, say, one of your arms, and feel muscles slipping from all over the upper body into that arm. While in the “elbows up” position, if you lift your lower legs up then turn the knee so they are pointing outward, you get the equivalent muscle “pathways” open for the legs, and can have some extremely interesting and effective “muscle reclamation” as muscle which was locked in, say, the lower leg, is now allowed to flow back into the upper leg where it came from.

      Disclaimer: This can all be very disconcerting and “shock” responses will likely happen. This is because this position facilitates muscle movement en masse as described in the above article. I don’t advise you to try it, so it’s your own bloody fault if you do.

      In my final method I intend to include such positions and figure out how best to move muscles around, deal with knots etc. with minimal discomfort.

  7. jon says:

    when I yawn, due to the fact I had a stroke, my paretic side moves involuntarily. Just offering some food for thought. Maybe if you can explain spasticity caused by yawning you can figure out more secrets of the human body.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hi Jon,

      Which brain hemisphere, and in which brain area did you have the stroke?

      Can you describe the involuntary movements during yawning?

      Furthermore, have any of my posts so far had any kind of effect on you (either positive, negative, or just weird), in your condition?

      I have read that singing has interesting beneficial effects on stroke patients (I believe the main one was to restore speech in left-brain stroke cases). Singing has interesting effects generally. Check out my new post on singing musical tones internally to create body-change: https://www.personalpowermeditation.com/make-your-own-tech-1-audio-tones/ Maybe it will, by chance, give you some beneficial result in some area.

      Cheers, Edd

      • jon says:

        Edd,

        the right one at the back(occipital lobe my vision was affected for a while but came back. I do have permanent loss of peripheral vision though. I luckily do not have aphasia, thats left hemisphere. the paresis is the most annoying disability I have, the spasticity second, the fatigue third, vision 4th. stroke sucks.
        No effect/neutral because I rarely have even time to study up, most of the time im too busy rehabilitation, doing ADLs, sleeping(stroke fatigue etc.). but I did read some research meditation/yoga/mindfulness is beneficial for stroke

  8. Hey Illuminatus,

    Awesome article as always. I think I may have some insight into the yawning thing as well.

    I’ve noticed that when I clear my mind, and get into a state of no-thought, if I simply do what I want to do in the moment, most often it’s my body reconnecting itself. I’ve been a hardcore computer user for practically my entire life, so I imagine there’s a ton of this fascia that’s built up as a result of that.

    Anyways, when I get into no-thought and act, my body stretches and releases tension. I’ve found that if I do this while laying down, I can significantly relax almost my entire body.

    But… it’s not perfect. Since I don’t have a perfect state of no-thought, when thoughts come into the picture, the relaxation is fucked up a little. So I may significantly relax, and my limbs may be moving into their correct position, but there’s still a blockage of thought.

    A true yawn eliminates all thoughts entirely. It’s literally enlightenment, but only while the yawn is occurring. You’ve probably noticed while yawning that not only do your muscles relax, but you feel a hell of a lot better too. I believe this is because the body is moving into a no-thought state, which is connected to the totality of life, which allows life itself to direct your actions, instead of the ego.

    When you relax with the yawning, you enter a totally pure state of no-thought, and can therefore fully allow the body’s intuitive wisdom to reconnect the muscle positioning.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hey man,

      I blew open the whole thing today and achieved 100% myofascial unwinding — and have revolutionized the way we think about absolutely all these subjects. The yawning/enlightenment link you just mentioned is a huge part of it — but you have to see how far this rabbit hole goes, man! In short, fascia winds right into your body, around and around internally in vertical loops. You can use the “current” from yawning to uncurl an entire strand, which may take several minutes. These strands are like ticker tapes running through and recording your entire life. They have all the emotional responses to every situation you’ve ever “mapped”. This tech alone can bring enlightenment, reimprinting — everything.

      I’ve joked about it plenty, but I think I might actually be the Tathagata, now.

      Edd

      • Rigz says:

        Can you expand on what you mean by “these strands are like ticker tapes running through and recording your entire life”? How did you come to this realization?

        • Illuminatus says:

          Yes. So, every time you “gripped” (any muscle), you distorted fascia into that shape. These grips can be undone via current, which is the purpose of yawning. But there are situations where this isn’t always done, for a few reasons I won’t go into now. If a grip gets left in, the body continues to work around that grip. If another grip is laid over that one, at a slightly different angle (not reusing the old grip) then we can now call those grips “winds”, since you have to unwind the most recent before you can unwind the first (this is what we mean by winding). Intense emotional situations will have ups and downs of grips, getting overlaid at slightly different positions. To see the “ticker tape” effect, just pick a random spot somewhere on your abdomen’s central line. Run current through it. Watch yourself rise up and dip back down in repeating patterns as that single piece of fascia unwinds all the way to freedom (it will have to activate the ones in its way to get free, so you will go through a kind of “fossil record” of all the “grips” leading to its burying).

          Most of these grips are just caused by sitting in a chair, so there aren’t many fireworks, but occasionally you get an emotional grip which takes you through memories as it unwinds. The easiest way to access those is to actually HOLD THE GRIP you experience when you next get a negative emotion. Hold the grip, run current through it like a yawn, and watch it unwind through every instance of that emotional “match”.

          Dudes, it takes forever, but you can have massive change just from this. Consider however the number of winds in the millions rather than the hundred-thousands like my previous guess (and my “ten-thousands” before that haha).

          Some winds definitely worth starting with are those around the base of the spine. They come from sitting. They are the main reason everyone has S-shaped spines. Letting these unwind will have you take your ass down and back then up again in these amazing repeating patterns. The key is to let it do what it wants.

          Unwinds will tend to generate a LOT of heat (inflammation). Don’t be surprised if, after doing some lower-spine unwinds, the whole of your back feels extremely hot to the touch.

          Basically, I’ve ended a lot of fields via figuring out all this. E.g. you don’t need posture training when you have no winds, since winds are the only reason people don’t have good posture in the first place. I’ve brought many things down to a single, simple principle.

  9. James says:

    So I’ve been trying this for the last few days. I’ve had lots of muscle movement prior to this that has seemed very reptitve but not gotten anywhere.

    I a friend of mine who is a message therapist gave me a fasica massage for about 15 minutes on my upper back.

    This just unloaded a TON of muscle knots, which were quite painful, however after stretching, doing yoga, its finally hit the breaking point and last night I felt ton of “unwinding” I feel 10x lighter with more energy, its weird just how big of a change its made in my mood.

    I even felt a rib “pop” back into place.

    • Illuminatus says:

      What were you trying specifically James?

      And yeah you get lots of wacky results 🙂

      I’m pretty happy with where I’m at with the whole thing now. By its nature one can never return things to perfection, and I’ve learned to live with that now, largely because I am just so comfortable in my own skin now (yes, I believe that phrase literally pertains to fascia — there is a lot of wisdom in folk sayings!). My movement is beautiful and it seems to have a 1:1 correlation with enlightenment factors.

  10. James says:

    Yawning/putting current in points of muscle tension. Instead of letting the muscle “spaz” I would stop it and try to yawn/concentrate on it to make it dissolve.

    • Illuminatus says:

      It’s very good. Myofascial unwinding, massage, and all that other jazz aside, you can achieve remarkable posture. The key lies in noticing your own body’s sense of proprioception. So always look for that natural sense of centre-point balance. With enough awareness and practice, “it” will tell you exactly what to do next. This will involve activating and stretching muscles that have “fallen off the map”. For example, people “lose” their psoas and all sorts of little muscles in their pelvic region through sitting. That whole lot just becomes a kind of “block” which doesn’t move much. You will literally be having to find each little muscle within that block and let it move, often while simultaneously “holding” other muscles in place with your mind. So, there will be quite complex processes of holding some muscles to allow other to activate and stretch. How do you figure out how to do this? The right brain will tell you! It’s all intuitive and based on its own “maps”.

      I’ll give you an example. My calves are extremely tight due to non-use, due to compensatory walking patterns due to sitting at a desk all the time. To fix this, I stand up dead straight, on my tips toes. My goal now is to let the heal sink down the ground without me “putting” the heel back down. This involves the backs of the whole legs relaxing (I call this sending “kill signals” to them, part of my whole internal dialogue and system I created from scratch to achieve such things ) while simultaneously activating muscles elsewhere in the legs and body to PULL those relaxed back-of-leg muscles down to the ground so the heel is now flat. This feels amazing, and reminds me of things like cats stretching. With practice and CONSTANT mindful awareness, you can learn to correct ANYTHING like this. And then you can say you have good Circuit V abilities.

      So, to remind everyone of a point I made in an earlier reply, a relaxed muscle is not necessarily a lengthened muscle. You have to send “kill signals” to relax the muscle, then figure out which opposing body part must be used to stretch down that muscle. With the back-of-leg muscles, you will often feel them stretching down FROM THE NECK. That whole line is a meridian. Muscles need to be at what is known as “optimal functional length”. Relax, then stretch them back to that length. One’s entire biomechanics has to change to achieve primal posture and movement, and this is the process of doing so.

      Massage to loosen up knots is more important the more tight the knots are. With total skill you can also “unwind” that knot using myofascial unwinding — but I won’t describe that method till I’ve taught a few people in real life and assessed relative safety and effectiveness.

      You can get GREAT posture without either massage or unwinding, however, by following your body’s sense of proprioception and stretching muscles in accordance with that as I just described, and then WALKING AND MOVING following that proprioception STRICTLY. This can ALL be learned, and if you bring enough awareness to your body’s own proprioception you will never need movement or posture therapy.

  11. James says:

    “You can get GREAT posture without either massage or unwinding, however, by following your body’s sense of proprioception and stretching muscles in accordance with that as I just described, and then WALKING AND MOVING following that proprioception STRICTLY.”

    Cool, thanks for all the feedback.

  12. Jesse says:

    I yawn a lot when I manually stimulate my amygdalas, which are definitely important to enlightenment, as talked about in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqrpKUTMXgY (about an hour in)

    Just my stimulating the amygdala (by imagining tickling the front part with a feather or clicking them like a light switch) positive emotions are generated. There is also research done (http://www.academia.edu/5988557/The_Frontal_Lobes_Supercharge) showing that repeatedly clicking them forward can ‘pop’ your frontal lobes circuits open, causing many different long lasting benefits.

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