We are now entering into the ‘core’ movement experiential series, which are based on the principles of sessions 4 to 7 of the Ten Series.
First, what do we mean by ‘core’? We are referring to the viscera, the organs in the primary cavities of your body, particularly your abdomen and it also includes the spaces in your thorax and your cranium.
In this and next week’s Meetup events (Wednesday, 13th and 20th November), we focus particularly on your pelvis. Your pelvis is the ‘bowl’ in which your intestines, bladder and reproductive organs all sit in. Structurally speaking, your pelvic girdle is the connection point to your legs and up to your thorax and hence, its health is key to the way you move, walk, stand, balance and also impacts on how well you breath.
When I was in my second phase of study, I found out something really interesting about my body, which I had not heard about. It’s where you have leg length discrepancy (LLD), my right leg is longer than my left. I’ve never felt any pain in my legs from this, but I do know that I tend to favour my right. I’ve always put this down to the fact that I’m right handed, but really interestingly for myself, when I explored just using my legs for balance and checking range of motion in my hip joint, my left leg felt stronger. It functions and performs better than my right leg.
As some of you may or may not know, LLD is actually quite common. It usually does not require any treatment unless the discrepancy is great. In which case, you then look to see if it is a structural issue i.e. is there is a bone length difference in your legs in which case, a podiatrist or orthopaedist can help.
If, instead, that difference stems from a spinal issue like scoliosis, muscular weakness or inflexibility at the pelvis, foot and ankle complex then this is known as a functional LLD. For which, Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) can help with such issues.
Rolfing SI would structurally address this through fascial release to bring your pelvis back into alignment and balance. We would also complement this with a strong functional approach to help you feel this correct alignment. Once you feel and can find this balance and support, you can find that sensory pathway for yourself until it becomes an unconscious action.
In this week’s Meetup event, we’ll explore one of the exercises that helped me expand my knowledge and awareness of LLD.
In the following session we’ll be building upon the above exploration, by mapping our pelvic bowl to improve our pelvic health. As you can appreciate this is a wide, complex field, however, the explorations that we do will really help us identify for ourselves where we are holding tension as individuals.
As with any other part of our bodies, where we hold tension, over time, this may lead to pain. Through bringing our awareness to the pelvis, we explore where we are holding tension and allow ourselves to release that tension. As I mentioned above, an overly tight pelvic floor can impact on our movement and breath.
Our pelvic floor is like a hammock, supporting our viscera. If it is too chronically tight and bound in its fascial layers then it is unable to move to respond and adapt. When its movement is limited by fascial adherence from a variety of causes: trauma, injury or psyche; we may be compensating with our posture to avoid feeling our pelvic floor.
Come join us this and next, Wednesday in Hyde Park at 6pm for better pelvic health.
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