Feb 142017
 

Muscles work in pairs and groups and chains. We have identified the following muscles as especially important for activating the muscle chains we need for tango. We recommend making exercises for these muscles so you become more aware of them and can contract them with ease.

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Psoas

Psoas

Anatomical function: The Psoas Majorjoins the upper body and the lower body (the spine to the femur),
the axial to the appendicular skeleton, the inside to the outside, and the back to the front. As part of the iliopsoas, psoas major contributes to flexion in the hip joint.”

Tango Function: Flexes the hips to show intention toward and away from the Mark. For the Revel, the Psoas prepares the base leg for all projections.

Obliques

Obliques

Anatomical Function: The Oblique musclesrotate the torso.

Tango Function: Shows intention lateral to the Mark. This is the muscle that drives all pivots for both partners.

Deltoids

Deltoid

Anatomical Function: The Deltoidsflex the shoulder.

Tango Function: Stabilizes the embrace when the intention is toward or away from the Mark.
Just do the first exercise here.

Supraspinatus

Supraspinatus

Anatomical Function: Supraspinatus abducts the arm.

Tango Function: Stabilizes the embrace when the intention is lateral to the Mark.
Supraspinatus exercise: Instead of pushing with your hand against the wall (this works the external rotators), push with the part of your lower arm just below the elbow.

Muscle groups by directions of intention
Toward/away from the mark (front/back for revel) = Psoas+Deltoids
Lateral & All Pivots = Obliques (+ Supraspinatus for Mark)
All the Intention/Communication Muscles
 14 February 2017