is totally different than any kind of bone you've held in a science museum, gnawed on after cooking, or dressed up as on Halloween...

living bone

We’ll keep our commentary simple here:
This remains the image that some of us have of our skeletal system.

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Our bones change shape by growing in response to the forces we put on them. My bones are different from your bones not just because of our different genes, but because of our movements.

None of your 208 bones touch any of your other bones…(unless, eek, there’s been some kind of accident)

There are no straight bones in your body. Bones are spiralic in shape.  Knowing this, we can move more in accord with what is.

"In spite of its apparent solidity, bone is always being formed and modified, added to and subtracted from, by a continual process--a process which normally lasts the entire lifetime of the organism.

-Deane Juhan, Job's Body

In other words...

Your actions, choices and thoughts shape you.

“Tactile stimulation, diet, exercise, trauma, the relative strengths and balances of various muscle sets, postural habits, proper use or abuse, or disuse, and all kinds of psychological factors enter into the conditions under which the bones are formed throughout infancy, youth and adulthood.”

                                                                                                Joy McGovern

 

Like the beams in a simple tensegrity structure, our bones act more as spacers than as compressional members; more weight is actually borne by the connective system of cables than by the bony beams.

there is not a single horizontal surface anywhere in the skeleton that provides a stable base for anything to be stacked upon it. Our design was not conceived by a stone-mason.

-Deane Juhan, Job’s Body

Ways of understanding & experiencing your bones, as offered by somatic pioneer Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.