When Your Wholeness Goes Unnoticed
Over the weekend I took a continuing education class called the Fascial Pelvis.
It’s a course offered through the John F. Barnes approach to myofascial release which is the training that I received that elicited my transition to doing myofascial release work almost exclusively.
The weekend felt profound in many ways for me and I am surprise at the amount of information and new skill set that I came away with.
I am already putting all of my new skills to use and feeling so passionate about furthering my work of walking with people toward their own individual truth, and physical and emotional freedom.
There were more take-aways than just skill though, and I was reminded of the importance of some other aspects in the land of bodywork, growth, healing, integration, and introspective work that touched me on a new level.
1. The Pelvic Influence
The pelvis is incredibly overlooked in too many therapies and in any condition where symptoms are present. Yes, you read that right; ANY condition.
Ever wonder why, when you come to see me for a headache, toe ache, shoulder issue, knee pain, low back pain, trouble swallowing, menstrual issues, TMJ, etc. etc., I go straight for your pelvis? All of these issues can be rooted in or related to pelvic imbalance or misalignment.
There are so many intricacies to the pelvis.
You have two illium (more well known as your hip bones) and the sacrum (the bone in your gluteal/back where the two hip bone meet). Amongst those bones are ligaments, tendons, muscle, organs, fascia, nerves, and blood vessels. Any shift to the structure of the pelvis can have an enormous affect on any of these structures and the rest of the body. A shift in mere millimeters can cause any number of issues. MILLIMETERS.
As weight bearing beings in a gravitational space, a restriction in your fascia can create 2,000 pounds of pressure on any of the pain-senstive structures mentioned about.
Can you imagine the affect a tiny shift not even an inch forward, backward, sideways, and/or rotationally could have on a person’s structure and quality of life with that kind of pressure? Your pelvis is the base of support for everything you do. Of course there are sometimes other structures involved in pain and disfunction but structurally, the pelvis is the center of your universe.
2. Wisdom of the Body
The body is so wise. I hear that all the time in many capacities. I say it to clients all the time. Yet I am continually reminded of that every day, often more than once.
The body always knows what it needs to heal.
When you tune in to it, it will never ask you to do anything that will hurt or damage it or you in order to achieve homeostasis and physical and emotional freedom. Follow where your body guides you. That is where your freedom lies. Trust yourself.
3. Relational Healing
Community, relationships, and connection are so important in healing and growth. We are most often wounded relationally. Allowing another human being in to your process, one who feels trustworthy and safe, can create space for even deeper healing and integration.
You don’t have to do the work alone.
You get the autonomy to choose what you do with the work and take from it, but you don’t have to do it alone.
4. You and All of Your Parts
Everything that is meaningful or has significant weight to you in your process and in your body is incredibly important.
You have a collection of stories living inside of you and ideally nothing should go overlooked. No doctor, therapist, or practitioner of any kind has a right to tell you that some part of your story is insignificant or doesn’t matter.
Have you ever gone to the doctor, or several, and you pointed this one thing out to them and they said “yea, but that doesn’t really matter”? I hear about that experience from clients all the time. Maybe that ‘thing’ isn’t at the root of the issue or may seem totally unrelated.
Remembering though that everything truly is connected, and that it means something to YOU makes it worth holding some space for and exploring it a little deeper.
I feel really passionate about these four things as I integrate back in to my day-to-day after training. I also feel so passionate about reinforcing the fact that you deserve to be heard, seen, and treated as a whole person, not as your individual parts. Every part of you matters to me. You matter to me.
Let me know in the comments: which one of these points sticks out to you? Why did that impact you?