Explanation of Chart No. 12
The polarity exercise is based upon the position of the fetus in the mother's womb. The flexed legs have a polarity relationship to the neck. The neck sits on top of the trunk while the thigh muscles support the bottom of the trunk. When there is tension in one it is found in the other also as they are opposite poles of action.
The inner thigh muscles polarize to the throat and neck muscles, including the sternocleidomastoid muscles which are usually spastic in torticollis. When the thigh muscles near the trunk are held firmly and released by this exercise, it will release the neck muscle spasms, even in torticollis. What a boon this can be to singers with throat spasms.
The outside muscles of the thigh polarize to the back of the neck and sides.
FIGURE 1 shows the beginning of this powerful exercise. With both hands grasp a handful of muscle tissue on the inner side of the thighs, near the pelvis. Grip the tissue firmly and at the same time pull the legs up with the hands.
FIGURE 2: Then, continuing the hold with the hands, stretch the legs out and let them down. This will raise the head and upper part of the body as you hold onto the thighs.
Then pull up the legs again and the body will go down. This is the seesaw rock which stretches the muscles on the top of the shoulders, over the brachial plexus, and releases the bottom tension by activating the polarity contact. Have someone feel your shoulder muscles tense and relax as you do this exercise and they will be amazed.
The exercise not only releases all the chest muscles involved in breathing and in heart trouble, but also the trapezius muscles which are supplied by the spinal accessory nerves [CN XI] which are the eleventh pair of cranial nerves and the only ones which enervate a muscle. The psoas magnus [psoas major] and the iliacus muscles are also exercised as mentioned in chart No. 10.
The real value of these two simple exercises can only be appreciated by those who do them regularly, for a few minutes each day, and thus build themselves up again after a heart attack, so they can return to work at their profession or occupation. You can prove this to yourself by doing it. Seeing is believing. Faith coupled with effort always gets results.
The inner thigh muscles nearest to the pelvis are polarity opposites to the neck and throat muscles nearest to the shoulders. As the contact hands move lower on the thighs toward the knees, the polarity reflex is higher in the neck. The area immediately under the knees will correspond to the universal joint of the occiput and atlas articulation and the anterior muscles of this area. In the same manner do the outer thigh muscles correspond to the back muscles of the neck. The hands should also be placed on several areas between the pelvis and the knees, as gripping contacts along the inside and the outside of the thighs in doing these exercises. Wherever the greatest tension and soreness is in the neck, the corresponding contact on the thighs will do the most good.