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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Technical Tuesday Platysma

Technical Tuesday Platysma

In this season of attending haunted events, I present the platysma muscle. This muscle is wide and extends from the chest (pectoral) and shoulder (deltoid), goes over the collarbone (clavicle) upward along the sides of the neck. Whew.

This muscle draws the lower lip and corners of the mouth down and sideways, allowing for expressions of fright or surprise. Perfect for Halloween. When these muscles work to their maximum, the actual diameter of the neck increases, such as during intense exercise that requires rapid breathing.

This muscle is unique, because unlike other muscles, it is directly connected to the skin. But like other muscles it is vulnerable to tears and strains.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #26ff:
“The platysma muscle allows an expression of surprise or fright.”

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