is a very common condition since the pelvis is an area of the body
which is exposed to a great deal of stress, and therefore easily
accumulates tension. It is therefore important to practice techniques
which help release tension from the pelvis, if you want to improve
your strength, flexibility, and overall balance.
Shock Absorber and Hinge
The pelvis connects the upper
and lower body and supports the weight of the upper body on the
legs. It also acts as a shock absorber for the spine, protecting
the spine and upper body from the impact of the body weight, especially
during walking and running.
It provides for a great range
of body movement, with the overall posture of the body being determined
by the position of the pelvis. Therefore, when the pelvis is pulled
out of place or stagnated by tension, the whole body is affected.
Conversely, if the posture of another part of the body is poor,
the pelvis cannot properly do its job of distributing the body weight,
and muscle strain and joint tension in the pelvic region can result.
There are many important muscles,
tendons, ligaments, nerves, arteries, and lymph nodes in this area.
Approximately 36 muscles attach to the pelvis; they act together
to stabilize the pelvic girdle in relation to the spine. When all
of the muscles, tendons, and so forth work together harmoniously,
they contribute to the optimum condition of the body in general.
However, because there is so much going on within this one area,
it is all too common for there to be blockages, instead of balance.
This situation is compounded
by the fact that there are also many meridians which run through
the relatively small groin area in the front of the pelvic girdle,
namely the Stomach, Spleen, Kidney, and Liver Meridians. In some
places these meridians are not only close together, but actually
cross over each other. In addition, the Gall Bladder Meridian runs
over the side of the pelvic area, and the Bladder Meridian runs
through the back. Because of all this activity, tension can accumulate
around key Acupressure points of these meridi-ans, especially in
the area where the top of the thighbone is inserted into the hip
socket of the pelvis. Blockages in the meridians can cause physical
Effects on Pelvic Organs
Tension in the pelvis directly
affects the reproductive and digestive organs. When the muscles
and meridians of the pelvic area are tense or stagnated the colon
can become blocked, and the circulation of both blood and nervous
system impulses to the genitals is reduced. For the sexual sensations
to be as full as possible, the pelvic area must be flexible. The
following are some of the conditions that can contribute to tension
in the pelvis
Fashion strongly influences how we carry ourselves, which unfortunately
is usually in an unhealthy way. For example, it is fashionable to
appear slim, which can result in a lot of pelvic and abdominal tension,
as people tighten their stomachs in an attempt to meet the fashion
"ideal." Girdles were created for this very purpose. Tight pants
and other tapered clothes, which are cut to bring out this slim
look, add to the problem. The result is tension, decreased flexibility
and mobility of the pelvis, and impaired functioning of the pelvic
Poor Posture and Lack
of Movements: The pelvis is designed to move in all directions.
A sedentary life style in which sitting at desks, riding in cars,
and waiting in lines is a common routine stagnates the body, since
it does not have an opportunity to be fully moved and stretched.
This lack of movement becomes a permanent pattern, tension builds,
and the area becomes more and more tight and congested. Thus, the
posture of the entire body is poor, the entire skeletal frame being
thrown out of position. This is so common; look around and see how
few people have fluid, strong posture, and how many have their knees
locked, pelvises protruding backwards (producing a swayback), and
shoulders hunched up.
Under the brunt of this bad
posture the pelvis becomes rigid, almost locked into one position.
This impairs circulation, weakens genital functioning, and can cause
constipation, lumbago, sciatica, and impotency. It's easy to see
that posture is important.
Chest and Shoulder Tension:
There is a direct relationship between tension in upper and lower
portions of the spine. When one is out of proper alignment, a strain
is put on the other to compensate, so that you end up with tension
and poor alignment in both areas. Since most people are more aware
of their shoulder tension than their pelvic tension, it is important
to work on the pelvis to cultivate an awareness of the tension stored
there, and of whatever blocked or stagnated energies are present
there. The depth of the breath is also a barometer for pelvic tension.
The breathing cannot be full and deep if there is tension in the
chest, or abdominal and pelvic areas. Emotional Association and
Frustrations: The pelvis is also considered the gate of the abdomen,
where we experience our "gut level" feelings. Abdominal tensions
can block off these feelings, so that we tend to lose touch with
our true needs and desires. Our emotions and their expressions are
inhibited by tensions and repressions. This, of course, results
in frustration, since no matter what we do, our deep needs remain
unmet. Many people are stuck in this frustration, since the substitute
"gratifications" they turn to in an attempt to relieve this frustration
are destructive habits-such as smoking, drinking, or overeating,
and eating non-nutritional foods solely for taste or sensation-which
not only does not satisfy the person, but which weaken and toxify
the body, making the true satisfaction of health and openness more
and more elusive.
The flip side of this negative
situation is one where pelvic tensions, and their associated emotions,
are gradually released in a balanced way. Releasing pelvic ten-sion
can enable a person to liberate him or herself from anxiety, worry,
and fear, and to then more fully experience inner gratification,
and to move forward in life.
Culturally we are taught to
block the sexual feelings of our genitals. The "don't touch-bad
boy/girl!" is hardly conductive to a healthy, relaxed pelvis, but
parental admonitions needn't be so outspoken to have a powerful
inhibiting effect. Difficult or stressful experiences in toilet
training can have a similar result. This closing down of the natural
mobility and feeling in the pelvic area is accomplished by tightening
the muscles of the pelvic region, to dull and deaden sensation,
repressing the sexual feelings.
A number of problems, such as
impotency, lack of sexual drive, weak erection, premature ejaculation,
vaginal infections, and menstrual cramps can eventually result from
the im-balances caused by pelvic blockages. Even if the condition
does not degenerate to this point, the reproductive organs can still
be weakened by pelvic tension. In this case, orgasm often serves
as a temporary release of stress.
When tension in the pelvic region
is released, it is possible to experience a depth of feeling that
was previously impossible; when this area is free, loose, and open,
pleasurable sensations can circulate in a deep and satisfying way.
All of these various problems-restrictive
clothing, poor posture and lack of movement, chest and shoulder
tension, and emotional stresses, especially frustration and sexual
repressions-add up to a cultural pattern of pelvic and abdominal
tension that hinders the development of us all. It's a key area
of blockage that's important to focus on when you're working to
balance yourself as a whole.