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The Maxillary Plane as an Orientation Control System

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This thread is for discussing the paper linked here. There is a download link on the right side of the page. It was brought up in the discord server and it's alleged that the authors career was jeopardized due to their research. 6">

The main theme of the paper is that the maxillary occlusal plane is the bodies 3D "level" compared to the world outside, and that this is the plane that the body will keep level to the horizon above all others (as opposed to, say, keeping the eyes level). 

We would, within whole body breathing theory, consider that improper canting and rotation will go further than the maxillary plane and extend into the rest of the main cranial diaphragm(s). 

The biggest question I have and the purpose of this thread at the time of posting (though the purpose may evolve based on what users choose to discuss) is the validity of the maxillary plane being the "level" in relation to the outside world that the body orients around. 

I believe we will have to experiment with this.

There are are also deeper implications for this "as within, so without" type of understanding that the paper puts forward.

If you have a good sense of proprioception and breathing, and feeling in the teeth:

Close your eyes. Feel your teeth. Relax deeply and let your posture slump so that you're in your actual resting position. Feel your teeth and maxillary arch through your internal sense of proprioception.
Now get a feel for the room around you.
Can you "feel" your location in space using this as the main tool for detecting your location within the room and orientation in space?
Now, importantly, does it feel like the teeth / maxillary arch / palate is what is actually closest to "horizontal", level with the floor and ceiling? 



Do our bodies automatically keep our upper jaw/lower maxilla/upper teeth (and/or head diaphragm) as parallel to the horizon and perpendicular to gravity?

Posted : 05/10/2023 4:37 pm
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PDF of the paper


Posted : 05/10/2023 4:44 pm
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