Today I'm going to share with you a quick little video on neutral pelvis. It's MUY importante for mamas to find neutral pelvis. It's going to increase space for baby and it's going to help the pelvic floor, among other things.
I spoke last night at the local ICAN (international cesarean awareness network) chapter meeting. What an inspiring and amazing group! It was truly an honor to just be in the room with these women. I left my pelvis model in the car, and then my husband drove it to work. So, alas, no pelvis except the one in my body for today's video.
Watch the video on pelvic alignment and then I'll leave you with a few of the visuals I promised in the video.
And to add to my video- want to know the best way to strengthen the pelvic floor? MOVING in pelvic alignment. Walk walk walk! But you say you can't walk in pelvic alignment without muscling your way there? Oh I hear you!! THAT is why I teach the Restorative Exercises that I teach! So that we can walk, move and be in an aligned way just NATURALLY. Without even thinking about it. Alignment brings us more space to birth a baby, less pain, less pelvic floor and back issues, and be more functional and feel MO BETTAH. But, our bodies have adapted to the way that we've moved and sat and been holding ourselves since we were born, and it is going to take time to counteract years of sitting with a tucked pelvis. But- every little thing you do helps!!
So, just check in and see what your pelvis is doing... and then post and let me know. Is your pelvis tucked all the time? We didn't even GET to the psoas yet, but once I teach you about the psoas and how to release it, you'll begin to see even more WHY your pelvis is tucking all the time. But for right now... just check in with it and see if you can begin untucking it in whatever position that you are in throughout the day- standing, walking, sitting. Find something to sit on to help!! Props are our friends!! I've been cueing for neutral pelvis a LOT in my prenatal yoga classes and it is SO interesting to feel a yoga pose in alignment vs. trying to have the appearance of being really good and being able to go really deep into a yoga pose. It doesn't benefit any of us to have the appearance of being able to reach farther or flatten are feet more in downward facing dog. And actually, it probably is causing harm. You will be able to get into downward facing dog with your feet flat on the ground a LOT easier if your pelvis is tucked. BUT, then your pelvis is tucked.
Here are a few posts on pelvic alignment with the visuals I promised. I'm still trying to find a program that will let me draw on pictures (anyone know of any???). Plus, I figure why redo what's already been done, right? So ready HERE and HERE The visuals I told you I'd post are in these posts, so CHECK THEM OUT.
Whoa, I can't believe I did all that with no kids running around me. Nap time win.
Mama Aligned is Lindsay McCoy.