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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Technical Tuesday Splenius Cervicis

Technical Tuesday Splenius Cervicis

The splenius cervicis (sometimes called the splenius colli) is a muscle that extends from the sides of the neck down into the upper back (see the Link of the Day).

Working together (bilaterally) the two sides of the splenius cervicis serve to extend the neck; and when working one at a time (unilaterally) they flex and rotate the head and neck to the same side. When a dancer is using their beautiful epaulement they are using this muscle.  The splenius cervicis also helps support the head in that lovely, erect balletic position.

The name is based on the Greek word splenion, which means bandage, and the Latin word cervix, which means neck.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #27lll:
“The splenius cervicis is one of the deep muscles of the neck and back.”

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