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Body Segments

Body Segments

Images from 1918 Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body from

Funny thing. Have you ever noticed that you are not a big singular blob? Instead, you have small parts, big parts, and bigger parts all interconnected. Why, oh why, did nature make us so multi-segmented and funny looking when slugs are so blobular and beautiful?

Being all hopped up on evolutionary theory, your first instinct is to thank the monkeys that made you. But there may just be another completely different reason for our funny segmentations.

We have individual toe and finger knuckles, wrists and ankles, arms and legs (with lower parts and upper parts), hips and necks, abdomen and chest. These are a lot of separations and articulations. I posit that it is actually the number of body segments that we have in addition to standing upright that has led to our intelligence, not the size of our heads. My evidence for this is that people with very big heads can be real dumb dumbs. But wait, there's more!

Segments and Tissues

The reason I posit this is that every individual segment of the body relates to its own layer of tissue depth. What I mean is that if you follow the Chinese meridians (we will discuss these in the Advanced skill level) that either flow from the head to the feet, the feet to the chest, the chest to the arms, or the arms to the head, they each cross a slew of joints and body segments. If you treat each body segment at the same proportional location along a meridian, you effectively treat the same location of the body as a whole but at different tissue depths. This is the same as using tissue depth tools or treating a row or column of energetic boxes in a room. Nine major segments for an upright organism is exactly the number we need to communicate with Heaven. That, I believe, is the reason for our intellectual gifts. We're interconnected. We're tapped in.

Of course, to fully understand this theoretical contribution, you need to know the Chinese meridians. All in good time. In fact, you will also learn Fu Xi Wen meridians in the Advanced skill level that differ from traditional Chinese medicine. For now we can avoid all of that and simply take advantage of the body segments without understanding their complexities.

Look at your whole body in a mirror. Make a note of where the problem is that you want to treat. Is that location halfway from feet to head? Is it two thirds? Is it nine-tenths? This fraction is important as you will now see.

At every individual body segment, imagine your entire body fits inside of it from head to toe.

Instead of treating a problem at the immediate location of the problem, treat the corresponding Tº of the tissue you need to balance at each body segment at the the same proportion from top to bottom. So, if you are treating a problem that is in the mid-level of your abdomen, treat the midpoint of each toe segment, each leg, each arm, your abdomen, your chest, your neck, and your face.

Images from 1918 Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body from


Now, remember, this is a short-cut because not everyone understands meridians. If you do, then there is another wrinkle. It turns out that Yang meridians are upside down from Yin meridians. When you are picturing the body from head to foot inside a body segment, you need to flip the body upside down on every Yang meridian.

Since most people who read this don’t yet know a Yang meridian from a Yin one, the shortcut is complete only if you treat as previously discussed and then also treat every body segment at the proportion of the body where the problem resides when you imagine the body upside down – effectively treating each body segment twice.

If you think this is a lot of work, keep in mind that you have a lot of tools in your tool shed that you rarely use. But I'm sure you're happy to know you have them – just in the case you need them. This is that kind of tool in my Fu Xi Wen tool shed. But perhaps it will be one that you master.

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