As it happens for many things that concern intimacy and those parts of the body that are not generally celebrated by our society, you realize its existence only when you have a problem.
My problem then was a dislocation of the coccyx, sub-rotation of the pelvis and a hip blocked by the accident. In other words, I could not sit up and suffered tremendous pain in many hip movements and standing. After visiting the seven churches of the rehabilitation of Milan, however, the pain did not pass. In the meantime I practiced on it, in the middle of the vortex of the Introductory II examination of Iyengar Yoga. Athletic follies on a mistreated body full of pain.
THE TURNING POINT
One day I call G., a friend and physiotherapist ex-colleague yogini who had suffered a lot in the past because of an injury. She puts me in touch with a different way of doing osteopathy, biodynamics, and with a fantastic physiotherapist who deals with perineum rehabilitation and dysfunctions of the pelvic region.
There I begin to study my problem and realize that many dysfunctions in the pelvic area are very common among various human categories, especially: accidents, pregnancy, menopause, the elderly, athletes, yogis and many others. For all these categories of people, taking care of this central part of the body is fundamental from the point of view of PREVENTION, SUPPORT OF INTERNAL ORGANS and SUPPORT OF VITAL ENERGY. Somebody for structural reasons like the extra pounds of the abdomen when you are pregnant (or overweight) or the dislocations and dislocations due to trauma, somebody due to the wear of tissues because of aging, incorrect postures or dangerous gymnastic habits.
Since then I have never neglected my pelvic vault (I do not know about you, but I do not feel a "floor" between my legs!) and I have learned various schools of care and related exercises, from East to West.
THE NINE PILLARS
to have a good relationship with your pelvic area
1. DOWNSTAIRS IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND PURE
We have been taught that it is not good to talk about the lower floors because they are dirty, FORGET IT. Down there it is beautiful and pure, Mother Nature made you wonderfully well and the whole region of the pelvis is full of energy and creativity. Keeping it locked will scratch your wings. Start talking about it as if you were talking about shoulders or ribs, give DIGNITY back to your pelvis.
2. ORGANIC SUPPORT
Every time you treat your perineum and pelvic vault, remember that you are accessing a support area for organs such as bladder, rectum, uterus and ovaries, prostate, and everything that stays on top if these! If the pelvic support (and here comes the name "floor") is not present you will suffer from imbalances in one or more of these organs and their functions.
3. THE DIAPHRAGM IS NOT ONE
But there are many! You can find at least four and all interconnected. One of these is precisely in correspondence with the pelvic vault, the other three are respectively the central diaphragm at the level of the abdomen and ribs, the diaphragm of the throat and the cranial diaphragm. Leaving aside the upper floors that may seem complicated, it is important to at least recognize that the first two, pelvic diaphragm and central diaphragm are in deep communication. If you begin to look deeply you will discover that every time you are resting and inhaling the central diaphragm pushes against the abdomen that descends towards the pelvic diaphragm that descends in turn. When you inhale, on the contrary, the central diaphragm rises to empty the lungs upward, in an upward wave that starts from the pelvic diaphragm going upward in turn.
4. APANA VAYU
In Ayurveda the energy of the lower abdomen, of the perineum and of the hips is regulated by Apana Vayu, "wind or energy that moves downwards". When Apana Vayu works too much, the pelvic vault can not keep up with it and leaves its holding causing disorders like hemorrhoids, prolapses, inguinal hernias, incontinence and more. If, on the other hand, Apana struggles to move the pelvic vault, it does not receive enough stimulation to keep it elastic and stiffens, causing a block of physical and emotional tension that hinders many natural functions of this area such as walking, enjoying, peeing & pupù. Both cases can cause problems to this area energetically, organically, structurally and functionally.
5. GENDER ISSUES
There are some distinctions to be made between male and female anatomy (and various intersex and transsexual possibilities), being aware that the female genital organs are INTERNAL and therefore supported by the perineum and the pelvic vault. The male organs are external but connected, and internally there is the prostate which also requires support. On a practical level, for those with a vagina, it is essential to talk about the vagina when it comes to the perineum. If you are a yoga teacher and you talk about Mulabandha, do not forget to mention the vagina and start to become familiar with Yonibandha.
6. MOUTH TO MOUTH
In women this is easier to understand because, since she has an opening down there, the similarity with the opening of the mouth can be more evident. But also in men the connection between mouth and pelvis is present. As taught by Sajeeva Hurtado, expert in Ovarian Breathing Female Alchemy and Sacred Sexuality, every time you open and relax the mouth, the body spontaneously responds by relaxing the vagina and the perineum, every time you clench your mouth the pelvic region receives a pulse of contraction. This coordination can be more or less evident depending on the degree of awareness, but is proven by all traditional disciplines and medicines, osteopathy and numerous academic scientific studies too. Do not tighten your teeth anymore and bring more attention to this connection.
7. THE LEAKY BUCKET
As the expert on Womb Yoga and post-natal recovery Uma Dinsmore-Tuli calls it. Many women know it but no one speaks about it. INCONTINENCE is a problem affecting many women who live post-natal recovery (which can last up to 5 years after pregnancy!), a lot of peri-menopausal women who have not necessarily had pregnancies, and many women athletes of all ages. Since she has an opening and less suppert, unlike man, woman can be more subject to incontinence if she does not respect her body in delicate phases like post-natal recovery, in everyday life assuming prolonged harmful postures, lifting heavy loads without attention, and if she forces her own body to practise dangerous physical postures that push one or more of the THREE SISTERS (bladder, uterus and rectum, the three sisters that influence each other) downward. This often leads to the prolapse of one or more of the Three Sisters. Even the man in the aging process may suffer from incontinence due to a malfunction of the prostate or other factors, but since he doesn't have an immediate opening below the risk of prolapse is limited.
8. DANGEROUS SIX-PACK
Sometimes appearance tricks and toned abdominals are bad for your health. We were taught that having a toned abdominal musculature, flat and hard stomach, the famous six-pack is beautiful and healthy. Lie! If there is not good pelvic support, the six pack is all smoke and mirros, it does not have a sense of organic support against the gravity. Unfortunately, there are so many personal trainers who are mothers, many sports professionals or yoga teachers, men and women, who find themselves managing problems of severe incontinence or even organic prolapses precisely because they have ignored or underestimated the issue after giving birth or after years of bad exercise. And nobody talks about it.
9. CONTRACTION AND EXPANSION
Like all the muscles of the body, it is important to train the pelvic vault to contract and stretch consciously, not just to contract. In fact, we often find ourselves in hypertonic situations that come from emotional and psychological tensions and we risk to aggravate just by adding further tone. It is good to remember that every time we contact the pelvic vault, we are contacting all the intimate and profound aspects concerning stability, sexuality, pleasure and pain. It is therefore possible that we will encounter obstacles and blockages along our path. Stay aware and respect for the level of depth of this theme.