Think of the characteristics of the human body, resembling those of a skyscraper, or other very tall building. There seem to be some consistent similarities.
Both are famously vertical; this is the feature that prominently sets us apart from the rest of the Animal Kingdom. We just happen to be able to go horizontal too (and fold, and twist, and ball-up, etc.).
Both have “floors” that are stacked upon one an other by levels of importance (i.e., the higher the floor the more-important the occupant…..though this theory may be flawed, slightly as it pertains to buildings).
Both have a foundation; humans actually have two or three if you think about it. They are formed by a combo of skeleton/musculature/tendons/etc. The skeletal component is the actual, structural foundation, while the muscular (+ etc.) component solidifies a foundational relationship (as well as providing the kinetics-of-it-all).
It is here that we should shift the focus to our horizontally-aligned bones to find our Three Foundations.
Think, horizontal supports vertical; horizontal supports vertical; horizontal supports vertical…..
1. The Clavicles (i.e., the floor directly below the penthouse).
The (significant amount of) weight of the head and neck, is supported by the mantle that comprises a shelf between the shoulders. Like the front axles of a car, the clavicle/shoulder/upper-ribcage complex is capable of independent movement (e.g., I can simultaneously push one shoulder up, while pulling the other down). Pretty amazing if you think of the subtle complexity of this region. It is, however supporting the least weight, and is adding extra weight to the load carried by foundation #2.
It goes without saying that the health of the surrounding muscular regions (neck, shoulders, chest, back and, yes, abs) is vital for a full potential-functionality of the upper-most foundation.
2. The Pelvis (i.e., the floor directly below the spine/below the penthouse).
Our torso (+noggin) is “sitting” upon the sizable pelvic structure, that (in compliment to the clavicles) is analogous to the rear axle of a car…..singular and stationary. Likely the Godfather of the Three (horizontal) Foundations, the pelvis is actually the roots and foundation of the spine itself. Such a responsibility! Oh, and the torso (+arms) houses so much bulky bone-matter (clavicles, scapulae, spine, arm-bones)…..
Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight, a looong time!. All of that weight + the weight of our head just makes for a big burden for foundation #3.
Strong abs, glutes, and thighs are essential for an effectively supportive pelvic/muscular network. Ever notice that the pelvis owns the biggest muscles of the body?
3. The Feet (i.e., the floor directly below the legs/below the spine/below the penthouse).
This is where it gets complicated, skeletal-wise. The feet (like the hands) contain a plethora of individual bones. This does makes sense: Although the bones of the feet are tiny, there are a lot of them, helping to provide a structural foundation that is entirely flexible and articulate…..and STRONG.
The feet (and ankles) can bear the weight of your entire body! As such, we must stand in awe of the strength of the muscles and tendons of the feet/ankles/lower legs.
If we can just keep the muscles that are responsible for the “general up-keep” of our Three Foundations (in a phrase, all of them), we can remain flexible, mobile, and intelligent for our entire duration. If not, well, the duration starts to go on vacation.
“Hey! What about all them horizontal ribs?”
Clavicle copiers, and counterfeits, I say!