Fatigue. Burnout. Over-caffeinating. Rushing. Exhaustion. Fried.
Familiar? I know I’ve had to encounter this battle full-on through my journey to deeper nourishment and power within myself. In this world today where the sheer speed of the way many humans are living promotes a certain kind of frenzied nature, it’s hard to find balance. I’m going to talk about the pelvic bowl and how it relates to fatigue & burnout and give you a practice to begin this journey.
The pelvic floor is the tissue lining the very bottom of your pelvic bowl (the bowl is made up of the bony structure). The pelvic floor is like the foundation of a building. If the foundation is off, the whole rest of the structure suffers. It goes the same in the body. If the ground level layer of the body is suffering, numb, tense, over-worked, injured etc, everything above it (digestion, reproductive system, heart, brain) feels it. In many traditions, power is meant to come from the ground up, spiraling up toward the sky. When the foundation of that power surge is “off” , the rest of the system is having to come up with its power and resource seemingly from thin air.
This is why addressing the pelvic floor has such profound effects on emotional regulation, creativity, clear vision & thinking, communication, and more.
A few windows into the wiring of the body:
– a nerve in the cervix connects up into the throat (this is why cervix experiences can change the voice)
– the nerves in the pelvic floor run into the bottom of the spine, which sends impulses up into the brain
– the nerves in the pelvic bowl run up into the center of the upper belly and form a little bundle which is a space many people hold a high amount of tension / nervousness / activation / stress
Is your brain having some expansion moments by now or is just me? Understanding this and feeling this in my own body blew me away.
* Not to mention pleasure. The networks of vitality are abundant in the pelvic bowl. The spectrum of numbness to ecstasy is a wild one to walk and once you start, the body does seriously amazing things. There’s so much more there about consent, gentleness, and nuance that I’ll address in another post.
As you’re probably beginning to see…for me, everything originates in the pelvic bowl. To begin to address your own pelvic floor, follow this practice:
– make contact with your pelvic floor from the outside of your body (the easiest way to do this is to place one hand cupping over your vulva / genitals)
– breathe into your own hand, like you’re filling your hand with your breathe
– notice what you feel
– slow down. stay there. keep breathing. if you don’t feel anything, that is common at times, keep giving yourself presence until you do feel something…sometimes that can take minutes or weeks
– if you want to explore the pelvic floor from the inside, stay tuned for the post on de-armoring that will be a follow up to this
Making sense to you?
Questions? I love exploring this FULLY in my programs. Write to me with inquiries, with love, Alicia