our bowl of life

the pelvis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is as deep as an upside down wool hat!

Connects up to our skull & down to our feet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 pelvic halves articulate with the sacrum in the back. The left & right sacro-illiac (SI) joints have surfaces similar to the shape of the ear. These 2 joints allow for some tiny rotational movements that ideally allow the sacrum to feel like it's 'floating' in the back body.

What does your sacrum feel like?

At the tip of the sacrum is the tail bone. At the top is the lumbar spine (L7). The sacrum is both part of the pelvis & the spine.

The sacrum is hollow! Nerves from the spine (aptly named the caudal equine, or “horses tail”) run through it’s openings down into the pelvis & legs.

The sacrum & SI joints are snuggly woven in relationship to each other by a dense network of ligaments. (Ligament is a name for fascia that connects bone.)

Our Ischial Tuberosity...or sitting bones!

Balance these and the rest of life seems to get easier!

 

 

These parts of ourselves move further together or apart depending on how we move. They also move forward and back. When seated, they form a sort of saddle for your spine. When you touch the front bony part of your hip, you’re feeling a different part of the same bone as your sitting bone on that side. Remember that living bone is soft & has some flexibility to it. How much of your pelvis can you sense?

 

 

 

Why does a habitual tilt matter?

A.Everything is connected to everything. When the pelvis is habitually tilted forward or back the ligaments, tendons, muscles and other connective tissue receives undue stresses which in turn taxes your spine, your hips, your skull, your knees…but also your glands, your nerves, your organs.

B.The bowl of the pelvis ‘contains’ the organs. When our organs are spilled out or back, they are pulled upon, crowded or constantly receiving forces that they’re not ‘designed’ for or capable of sustaining. That means their long-term functioning is compromised which leads to undesirables.

C.Extra stress means energy is being used that could be used elsewhere. When our pelvic bowl comfortably rests in an upright position in relation to our other diaphragms & to gravity, all of our systems function better, which means we get to use our energy to do other things…

How does your pelvis 'sit' in relationship to gravity?

Ask a friend, a teacher, look in the mirror, feel with your hands...and then check out the resources below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A true smorgasbord!

In the 'Rocky' & tango clips, look at the relationship of the pelvis to gravity

First image clip by Rebecca Haseltine