Learning to Fly with Tangled Wings believes in the power of knowledge & hopes to empower the reader with anatomical knowledge to prevent & mitigate possible injuries. When we are discussing the major anatomical compositions of any energetic center, let’s remind ourselves that while we may refer to individual muscle groups & functions, the whole of our physical bodies are intrinsically connected by sheaths upon sheaths of fascia that allow the body to function as one unit rather than separate & isolated components. I have given summaries of major anatomical components as they relate to our practice, but as we know, yoga & rope incorporates tissues throughout the body, not just those at the area we are targeting. What I have provided is by no means a list of our entire anatomical composition. Rather, I hope to provide a baseline understanding of our physical bodies as we approach different movements, poses, & postures in our yoga & ropes practice.
Please note: I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice.
Learning to Fly with Tangled Wings is committed to safety. Rope can be dangerous & may cause injuries. It is beyond the scope of this site to discuss all the possible risks & injuries associated with rope, yoga, & breath practice. By reading this site, you absolve Learning to Fly with Tangled Wings & all contributors of any & all liability should you sustain an injury. Use what you find here at your own risk. Always use caution when practicing the rope or breathing exercises listed on this site & do not what try what you see in the photos without proper training. It is up to the practitioner to evaluate the safety of their practice. I am not a medical or fitness professional. Rather, I am a student on my journey, just like you.
Skin is the human body’s largest organ. On average, adults have about 20 square feet of it. Our skin contains sensory nerves, while the tissues underneath contain motor nerves. Nerves are similar to long, slender wires that facilitate an information exchange between the body & mind.
Sensory nerves communicate information to our brain from stimuli (such as the temperature of a surface we touch). Anatomically, our body uses various receptors to process & permit sensations of touch, heat, pain & pleasure.
Motor nerves facilitate movement by communicating information from our brain to our muscles to either tense or relax. The rate of communication between the two is so rapid that our interpretation of the energy is often experienced as reflexive.
Damaging the sensory or motor nerves via compressive or shearing force can have impacts that lasts from hours to days, weeks, or even years. Compressive force may occur when the rope is too tight for too long, thus interrupting the blood supply from the very small blood vessels that run the length of the large nerves. By interrupting the blood supply, we also interrupt the oxygen flow to that nerve. Shearing force is especially important to note as it relates to our suspension practice, as these injuries tend to happen when the rope moves across a limb that is already being compressed, such as during a transition.
We discuss the major nerves in our body to be aware of in our rope bondage practice with the hope of empowering rope tops & bottoms with the information to better communicate their individualized tie & time thresholds for their specific bodies & practices. Treatment for nerve damage is beyond the scope of this site. Just as we each differ in our own unique body compositions, so too do the placement of our nerves. To better envision approximate placement of the nerves, we recommend you go to the Zygote Body website as they do a wonderful job of illustrating the anatomical human form. As always, we encourage you to do your own research & listen to your body, as you know it best.
Nociception, or our perception of pain & associated thresholds, vary both by individual & practice. Though, if we examine pain through the lens of our ego & intelligent minds & coordinate those perspectives with the feedback time of the associated pleasure & pain of our decisions, we see patterns start to emerge.