On the third day of FAMI, Dr Laitman peppered us with juicy lines about our lower extremity, especially our most holy feet, which are the “only part of our body that communicates with our substrate” (substrate being the bottom, the ground we stand upon). He said:
the foot is the least respected, most important part of the human body, and a model of evolution and efficiency
We’ll get to the foot soon enough, but first a tour of our lower extremity.
The upper and lower parts of our body connect in the pelvic area. The pelvis (Latin for basin) consists of three bones, the illium, ischium and pubis, which we know collectively as our hips. These three bones come together in the acetabulum (vinegar cup), and form the socket portion of the femur joint.
Sit on your hands, palms facing up. Unless you have a lot of padding, you will feel two very distinct bones called the ischial tuberosity (a tuberosity is a bump or protrusion), also known as your “sits bones”. These are the lower most portion of your ischium and the bones upon which you sit.
In the center of the pelvic girdle is the sacrum (sacred), with the narrow pubic symphysis protruding downwards to the coccyx. Alas, I have a friend who broke her coccyx this past spring. Also known as the “tail bone”, it is a mighty frustrating bone to break as it cannot be placed in a cast, takes time to heal, and meanwhile limits movement and causes discomfort.
MOVING TOWARDS THE FOOT
From the acetabulum to the knee joint is the thigh, which has the distinction of housing the longest bone in the body, the femur, and the strongest muscle in the body, the quadriceps femoris.
The leg is that portion from the knee to the ankle, and from the ankle to the toes is the foot.
KNEE and LEG
The knee is where the femur of the thigh meets the tibia and fibula, the two bones of the leg. The tibia, known as the shin bone, is the larger of the two leg bones, bears the weight, and is on the same side as the big toe. The fibula is also known as the calf bone.
Assisting the thigh by giving leverage to the quadriceps, is the patella, known as the knee cap. In this xray of my left knee, you can easily see my left femur in my thigh as it comes to meet my larger tibia and smaller fibula, and that’s my patella seemingly floating over the end of the femur.
idiotic, moronic, cruel
is how Dr Laitman described the practice of wearing high heels
and this brings us to the FOOT. Dr Laitman went on to explain that the foot “has been totally modified from the feet of our primate relatives” (more about this in my upcoming FAMI: Day 4 post.) He further encouraged us to consider that our feet have four extremely important functions to: bear our weight, build our posture, provide ambulation, and permit us to run to safety. Think about this the next time you or someone you know comes strutting or waddling along in high heels, which by the way, destroy our natural double arch system.