Looking at the front of your core

January 2, 2020

Using cakes as a model for moveable sections

So, now we’re going to use my cake model as a representation of your torso. Here’s a glass bowl at the bottom which represents the hard bones of the pelvis. You can see that this is sort of a squishy model.

At the bottom the orange is some Jell-O that we made earlier today. That represents the softness of the internal organs. When your muscles are active across different sections of this sort-of-circular-torso-shape you wind up with a column effect.

You want to have control over the segments of this column. The idea is that you could turn a segment. And in doing that you’re going to most likely use some combination of the wraps of muscle that are around your torso.

It’s good to explore what it’s like in the lower few cakes, the middle, and the upper parts. You can imagine the torso coming all the way up to the top of the breastbone. The rib cage might seem like another kind of an element but it’s just a stiffer part of this circular shape.

If you took the arms off you’d have a circular shape narrowing towards the top. Think of your torso as a cake. It’s a moveable, squishy, turny, bendy kind of a structure.


Rose January 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

Actually felt my torso twisting and moving as you moved the cake! This is such a sweet, simple, yet creative way to look at the many parts of the torso. I also didn’t realize the rib cage was part of the whole package. Truly makes me think. Thanks Rachel!

Rose January 3, 2020 at 9:40 pm

I could actually feel the lower part of my torso moving as you moved the cake! Amazing how just the idea in the brain can stir a connection between it and the body part. This is such a fun way to see all the moving parts of the torso. (Love the googly eyes!). I also didn’t realize the rib cage was part of the torso too. Keep it up Rachel!

JOHN K FITZGIBBONS January 7, 2020 at 4:22 am

Thank you, Rachel, for making your great ideas and teachings so available. And, thank you so very much for all your help for my daughter. For anyone reading these comments, I highly recommend Rachel as a very skillful and caring PT.

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