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Gall Bladder Pose

Gall Bladder

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    Reference material from The Genius of Flexibility by Bob Cooley

    The Genius of Flexibility (Book)
    Stretch Name Page #
    Knee to Forehead 88
    Rodeo 122
    Assisted Thigh Crossover 158
    Sphinx 192

    General Characteristics

    Organ / Meridian Muscle Group General
    Bodily Area
    Tissue / Functioning
    Bodily System
    Gall Bladder (GB) Outside of Thigh & Glutes Ligaments Digestive
    Meridian Muscle Group (MMG) Information

    The Gall Bladder MMG is a yang meridian in the lower body, traversing the lateral aspect of the legs and thighs.

    Gall Bladder is balanced by Liver, a yin MMG that traverses the medial aspect of the legs and thighs.

    Kinetic Movement Pattern
    Turning Outward
    Associated Physical Concerns
    Ankle, hip, knee, low back pain, neck, sciatica, scoliosis
    Associated Injuries
    Illiotibial strain, gluteal strain, piriformis strain, adductor groin strain, hamstring strain, hamstring tendon, anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, lateral collateral ligament, ankle sprain, ankle instability, bunions, lower back, carpal tunnel
    Physiological Concerns
    Frequent flatulence, difficulty digesting fat, ligament injuries, migraine headaches, lower back problems
    Associated Illness and Disease
    Gall bladder problems, flatulence, fat digestion
    Psychological Concerns
    Adductor Longus, Gracilis, Adductor Brevis, Semimembranosus, Soleus, Gastrocnemius, Tibialis Posterior, Extensor Hallucis Longus, Extensor Hallucis Brevis
    External Oblique, Internal Oblique

    The following is a list of muscles associated with the Gall Bladder meridian. Note that specific muscles are concomitant with specific meridians while some muscles are associated with several meridians. It is especially important to note that this list was created from: the exact muscles that acupuncture needles puncture through to access individual meridian points; muscles that are along the meridian pathways; muscle group agonist and antagonists; stretching experiences; trigger point theory and practice; muscle synergists.

    Major Muscle Groups
    Tensor fascia lata, iliotibial band, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, vastus lateralis, peroneus longus, peroneus brevis, interosseus dorsalis
    Associated Muscle Groups
    External oblique, internal oblique, pectoralis major, trapezius, upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, capitis, frontalis, temporalis, occipitalis
    Gall Bladder and Liver Meridian Muscle Groups
    Muscle Map (Front - Male)
    Muscle Map (Front - Female)
    Muscle Map (Back - Female)
    Muscle Map (Back - Male)

    These are the balancing, opposing, and completing meridian muscle groups for the Gall Bladder meridian muscle group (MMG).

    Balancing Opposing
    Visualizing Your Muscle Groups

    There are a large number of muscles in your body. Is there a way to think about them or visualize them in a way that makes them easy to understand? Of course. Here’s how.

    Think of your body as eight cylindrical tubes, four stacked on top of each other, or sixteen half tubes. In your lower and upper body, there are tubes on the front, back, outside, inside and on the four angles in between. Each of those eight cylindrical tubes contain muscles in groups that go from your feet into your trunk and head, or from your arms into your face or trunk. Each of these major muscle group is concomitant with one meridian in TCM.

    Balancing Muscle Group

    Balancing muscles are located directly through the bone across from each other and have opposite directions of action. In Western anatomy, these same muscles are called agonist and antagonist of one another. Because the sixteen meridian muscle groups balance as eight pairs of muscle groups, they are called Balancing Meridian Muscle Groups. The balancing muscles are dependent on each other to make possible maximum shortening and lengthening movements, because as one side of the body shortens the other lengthens. But because both the strengthening and stretching of any muscle depends on the flexibility of its balancing muscle, the balancing muscle group is always the determining factor in developing the strength and flexibility of the muscle (assuming there is no unusual damage to the muscle group you are trying to strengthen or stretch).

    The Gall Bladder MMG is a yang meridian in the lower body, traversing the lateral aspect of the legs and thighs.

    Gall Bladder is balanced by Liver, a yin MMG that traverses the medial aspect of the legs and thighs.

    The stretch length of the Gall Bladder MMG is limited by its balancing muscle group's ability to shorten (Liver). Stretching the balancing muscle group increases its ability to both shorten and lengthen.

    The target muscle group (Gall Bladder) will stretch more successfully after the balancing muscle group has been stretched. If you still are not making optimal flexibility gains in the Gall Bladder MMG, you will need to stretch and strengthen the superficial opposing muscle group (Sexual).

    Aspect of Body
    Target and Balancing MMG
    Meridian Schematic Circles
    Meridian Schematic Circles
    Opposing Muscle Group

    The muscles that are perpendicular to one another are called opposing muscle groups (to be distinguished from balancing muscle groups that are located directly through the bone across from each other and have opposite directions of action). The action of opposing muscle groups is surprising. Their level of strength and flexibility govern the proper rotation of the muscle group that you are stretching. If your target muscle being stretched (Gall Bladder) does not increase in flexibility by stretching its balancing muscle group (Liver), then you'll need to stretch the opposing muscle groups.

    Gall Bladder is a yang MMG on the back/outside of the legs and thighs. Therefore, the opposing muscle groups are yin MMGs on the front/inside of the body.

    Stretch the superficial opposing MMG (Sexual) to troubleshoot the target muscle group (Gall Bladder). Stretch the true opposing MMG (Heart) to develop the high personality traits necessary for optimal Gall Bladder functioning and development.

    True Opposing MMG
    Target and
    Superficial Opposing MMG
    Meridian Schematic Circles
    Meridian Schematic Circles
    Completing Muscle Group
    Completing muscle groups are the 'top' for lower body muscle groups and the 'bottom' for upper body muscle groups. The Gall Bladder MMG traverses the lateral aspect of the legs and its completing MMG, Thymus, traverses the lateral aspect of the arms.
    Completing MMG
    Target MMG
    Meridian Schematic Circles
    Meridian Schematic Circles
    Energy Flow Trellis

    In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy flows from one meridian muscle pathway to the next in a very specific order. In TCM this order is called the 'energy cycle'. This order is determined by the depth of the muscles in the body and begins with the muscles associated with the gall bladder, with the next always being its balancing muscle group, in this case liver, and then on through all the rest. The cycle always includes two lower body, then two upper body meridian muscle groups, and then repeats two more of each. Ultimately all 16 have been completed.

    In the energy trellis diagram, the horizontal pairs are balancing organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and they are also balancing muscle groups. The diagram also houses other secrets about the interrelationships of muscles, organs, and personalities. The stretches directly above and below each other are completing meridian muscle groups, the same muscle groups above and below in your body. The stretches diagonal from each other are superficial opposing meridian muscle groups. The superficial opposing muscle group's completing muscle group is the true opposing muscle group.

    Energy Flow Trellis
    Reference Material from The Genius of Flexibility
    The Energy Flow Cycle — page 51
    The Interrelationships Among Meridians and Muscles — page 55
    Balancing Asymmetries: Keeping Yourself in Line — page 239
    Keep Both Sides Satisfied — page 242
    Troubleshooting Principles — page 252

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