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  1. Introduction
    5Sections
  2. PART 1 -- HEAD/NECK/TORSO RELATIONSHIP
    13Sections
  3. PART 2 - ARMS/TORSO RELATIONSHIP
    12Sections
  4. PART 3 - TORSO/LEGS RELATIONSHIP
    12Sections
  5. PART 4 - HIP JOINTS/KNEES/ANKLES RELATIONSHIP
    10Sections
  6. PART 5 - BODY RELATIONSHIP TO FEET
    10Sections
  7. Conclusion
    3Sections
Part 2, Section 9
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DRIVING & the Head/Neck/Torso Relationship

Cécile Raynor November 23, 2021
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                 TIPS FOR DRIVING REGARDING YOUR HEAD/NECK/TORSO RELATIONSHIP:

As you’ve learned, to be able to initiate your head movement at the skull level, you need your head poised on top of your spine and supported by the seat under your sitting bones. 
So here is how to do it in your car:

  • Lean forward while you scoot your rear end as far back as possible so the top of your head and your tailbone are pointing in the opposite direction. 
  • Moving from your connection to your seat, let your upper body come back above your sitting bones. When in the right place, your coccyx area feels supported and you feel upright with no urge to slouch. 

You may need to tilt your car seat forward somewhat to do this and/or add a foam wedge to bridge the gap between the seat and your upper back. You do not want to lean back into the wedge, however. It is there so you can stay upright with more ease.
If you have a cylindric cushion that you have used as lumbar support, you can use that behind your back instead of a wedge if it is not too thick.

If you need to look to the side while driving:

  • Start way up at the back of your skull and lead with your eyes for a quick look to the side. For a deeper turn, it will involve your whole torso as follows:
  • Gently transfer your torso weight above the sitting bone opposite the way you are turning so you get naturally taller through your skeletal structure. Then pivot from that sitting bone which gives you more room to twist your torso without straining any muscles.
  • You will find that the ball of your foot on the side of the pivoting action may want to help by gently pressing into the ground while the heel of the other may lift off in the process.
  • Never let your neck or shoulder muscles do the job your eyes, bones, and support can do for you.

Further instructions will come in other parts of this course to allow you to integrate this material more fully. In this first part, the goal was to use your head, neck, torso relationship without straining your neck or shoulders while driving.

To see how to use what you have learned with walking, click the right button below.