The Ganglion of Rebes, The Ganglion of Rebes . . . . .
has anyone heard of The Ganglion of Rebes?
The fabled nerve plexus is accessible through the nose
(according to my training in The Rolf Method)
The septum of the nose and vomer bone
(which connects to the ethmoid bone,
roof of the nose and floor of the brain case)
together with the ganglion
function like a servo-gyro
which registers and self-corrects balance
in neurological concert with the balance centers of the inner ears
and the myofacial web.
The Ganglion of Rebes reports into the brain
the sensation of stresses going through the nose
-- their shape and intensity -- and by extension
the sensations of stresses going through the cranium
that converge at the septum/mid-plate of the nose.
However, it does so only when it's turned on.
And it's not always turned on.
Is yours, right now? Ah HAH!!!
The sensing function of the Ganglion of Rebes relates to
the relation of the tongue to the roof of the mouth/palate ( see, below ) --
so that when the tongue is placed in a certain position
under the mouth's palate and breath is taken in through the nose
the septum can be felt and the Ganglion of Rebes actively turns on.
Upon turning on, the first thing that is sensed and noticed
is any "sidedness" of head position -- side-tilt, generally.
The distribution of space within the two sides of the cranium
reflects side-tilted-ness. Cavities on one side of the head
are more open than cavities on the other side --
the old, "One Open Nose Hole" routine.
You know the one.
I'm sure you do.
Then, upon breathing and feeling the shape of the tongue
curled and cupped under the palate, above,
and the place on the palate that is sensitized by the cupped tongue
along with the inbreath into the nose,
a spontaneous turning-on of the upper cervical vertebrae region occurs
and with it, a spontaneous set or series of head-movement-adjustments.
A similar thing may happen in the spine region behind the heart
particularly when the "floating palate" variant of The Tongue Mudra is used.
All from turning on that little ol' Ganglion of Rebes,
which practitioners of Dr. Rolf's Recipe seek to do
with the magic tips of their little fingers.
A little on The Ganglion of Impar,
the Other End of The Ganglion of Rebes,