I think of fall as a “back to school” time even if I’m not actually in school. I always like to either take a class in a new skill or at least read a book about a new topic.
And that’s what I did!
I just got back from another ELDOA training where we learned all about:
The pelvis and how its alignment and movement connects to and affects the rest of the body.
The pelvis is not a structure that moves a lot in terms of range of motion, but it does move. Every single time we walk, shift our weight, flex forward, straighten back up, the joints within the pelvis itself slide and move. The pelvis is the place where the fascia and muscles of the upper body and lower body cross and overlap, therefore it’s basically holding us together at all times. Issues that arise in the limbs can be traced back to the pelvis. It can also be a spot that is vulnerable to a lot of discomfort if it becomes misaligned due to restrictions and compensations.
What can you do right now to take better care of your pelvis?
Everything you do with your body matters. How you sit, how you stand, how you walk, the shoes you wear, even the bags you carry on a regular basis. Your body is always adjusting to compensate for outside forces, and affects not the bones and muscles, but even the organs.
Here are 3 things you can do right now to give your pelvis a little love:
- When sitting
Find your sit bones and sit on top of them as much as possible. If you aren’t used to this, it might feel like a bit of work for the muscles, (but it’s work they need anyway if they are that tired.) Feel your center of the crown of your head reaching up to the sky, feeling a gentle stacking of the vertebrae and space between the hips and the ribs. Avoid rounding/arching the lower spine, or crossing the legs. Both of these things create pressure and imbalance in the pelvis.
- When standing
Stand evenly on both feet as best you can. Build awareness to catch yourself when you hang into one side. This is especially important if you carry a backpack or shoulder bag that further compresses the discs.
- Warm up before activity.
One thing I know as I get older (and wiser of course) is that gentle movements are the best for preparing the tissue for movement. Simple walking is one of the best ways to increase circulation, mobilize the body and get it ready for the day or activity.
Give these a try and let me know how it goes!
Keeping on the “fall + back to school” topic, I am actually back in the studio starting this month!
👉🏻 All virtual private sessions are still going strong but for those living in NYC that want the face to face interaction we can now meet again in the Pilates studio!
Click right here and send me a message to let me know you are interested and we’ll get rolling.
👉🏻 If you are not ready for a private workout package just yet, my Intro to Pilates and ELDOA digital bundle is the way to go! It’s a simple package with a little bit of everything. Plus super affordable and you can do those exercises at home and on-the-go!