You might find your physio going on about the position of your pelvis….it’s too far tilted this way…it’s tucking too far that way…it’s rotating too much…on and on the physio goes…..
But what does it all mean? What exactly is the pelvis?
Your pelvis is a vital structure for transmitting forces from your legs through to your spine and upper body
“Why have you shown me this?” I hear you ask…..let’s use your imagination…..
Are you still with me?……….
Here is a picture of the bowl of the pelvis tilting and spilling, just to make sure we’re all on the same page:
It’s all about posture.
Aligned posture is the basis for giving many dancers the look of being balanced and light, agile, strong and free. It also allows the surrounding muscles to work efficiently at their optimal length.
In a neutral pelvic position, there is a slight curve in the lower back, not too much, but it’s not completely flat either.
Many people stand with too much of an arch in their lower back, or with their pelvis tipped too far backwards, and this is often the underlying cause of low back pain or control issues and it may contribute to hip impingement.
Being able to attain this “neutral” posture in standing, say, in a ballet class, is essential to clean technique and therefore strong dancing and safe dancing.
Try your pelvic bowl yourself.
Next time you’re at the barre, check on where your pelvis is at, and see if you can keep that liquid gold in your bowl when you plie, tendu, rise and jump.
Do you think you have an alignment or pelvic issue?