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THE SOMATIC EDGE Notes 1. Todd S. Ellenbecker, George J. Davies, and Jake Bleacher, "Proprioception and Neuromuscular Control," in Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete, 4th ed., eds. James R. Andrews, Gary L. Harrelson, and Kevin E. Wilk (Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2012), 524–47, https:// doi.org/10.1016/B978-1-4377-2411-0.00024-1. 2. Thanks to Jan Henry Sultan, Certifi ed Advanced Rolfer and senior faculty at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, for this concept and for the posterior-glide version of the Tibiotalar Technique. 3. The average width of the talar dome in a study of 26 health adults was 28.4 mm, and a US quarter-dollar coin has a diameter of 24.26 mm; Sorin Siegler et al., "New Observations on the Morphology of the Talar Dome and Its Relationship to Ankle Kinematics," Clinical Biomechanics 29, no. 1 (January 2014): 1–6, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2013.10.009. Til Luchau is the author of Advanced Myofascial Techniques (Handspring Publishing), a Certifi ed Advanced Rolfer, and a member of the Advanced-Trainings. com faculty, which offers online learning and in-person seminars throughout the United States and abroad. He and Whitney Lowe host the Thinking Practitioner podcast. He invites questions or comments via info@ advanced-trainings.com and Advanced- Trainings.com's Facebook page. 4 Watch Til's technique videos and read his past articles in the Massage & Bodywork digital edition, available at massageandbodyworkdigital.com, abmp.com, and on the Advanced-Trainings.com YouTube channel. for sensing and prioritizing to focus the brain's attention and bringing the deep brain centers involved in balance online. In the Tibiotalar Technique (sidebar page 83), we get the brain's attention by moving the tibiotalar joint in unfamiliar yet nonthreatening ways. Then, we quiet the mind by waiting, relaxing, and breathing. To do this, we can either posteriorly translate (glide) the tibia on the talus (Images 2, 3, and 4), or we can gently but fi rmly roll it under the tibia with a slight passive dorsifl exion by gripping the talus with the web of the hand and posteriorly translating the talus in relationship to the tibia (shown in the accompanying video). In either variation of the Tibiotalar Technique, we linger. And with sustained, sensitive pressure, we stimulate the mechanoreceptors that seem to quiet, focus, and calm the brain. This is why, for example, in the Advanced Myofascial Techniques series at Advanced-Trainings. com, we begin our whiplash protocol with this technique. Understanding the Tibiotalar Technique will open multiple possibilities in your work, whether your goal is increased options for movement, refi ned proprioception, or calming and quieting the client's nervous system. SCAN AND WATCH "The Tibiotalar Technique" 1. Open your camera 2. Scan the code 3. Tap on notification 4. Watch!

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