the female pelvic space

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By: Lara Kohn-Thompson

Why learn about the pelvic space? Is this a new fad or a true quest for a deeper understanding of ourselves and our embodiment? And what does “ pelvic floor” or “pelvic space” even mean?

This physical landscape is defined by the bony structures of the pelvic bowl and the soft tissue within (this includes muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves). It includes our sexual and reproductive organs as well as the end of our digestive and urinary tracts.

One could talk about this landscape within a woman’s body in a thousand ways. Through history the female pelvic space has been described as sacred and revered or with shaming and unsightly words. It is a paradoxical space with complex and seemingly contradictory functions. A space that holds, gives and receives, a passageway and a gateway. A place to be both received and giving. A place where we hold the past, the present and the future. It is the unspoken center that puts us in relation to culture, rituals, religious rites, education, archetypes, to our intimacy and to our sexuality. A place where our physiology and psychology meet. Where embodiment meets spirit.

So you might ask, why is all this important or relevant? Will it improve my health? My well-being? My orgasm?

My answer is yes, all of the above, and more.

The pelvic floor most often comes into one’s awareness when health concerns arise and lead us to seek medical help or through pregnancy and childbirth. 

Yet throughout our lives, our pelvic space is central to an incredible range of essential functions, from postural stability and core strength, to sexual pleasure, to fertility, to continence. It would be so wonderful if girls and women were encouraged to fully embody this essential space throughout all the seasons of their lives.

Our western culture most commonly views the body from a purely physical perspective with a tendency to force and create tension. Yet stability & strength work best when generated from a state of relaxation. From a place of balance and ease. This is particularly true of the pelvic space. Pelvic health requires both tone and relaxation at our core.  

This is where our Yoga practice can be incredibly useful in supporting pelvic health and further body awareness. Using breath as the basis for movement and discovery can be the key to accessing freer and more efficient movement patterns rather than rigidity and tension. We can experience grace.

So in conclusion, why tend to the pelvic space?

Because every woman has access to this root power. When she connects to her pelvic space, she can simply and grandly enrich her presence, tend to her inner fire and walk through her life with self-awareness and vibrancy.  

I invite you to just sit quietly and listen within. The following practice is a visualization to help you connect to or re-inhabit this sacred space.

Sit in a comfortable position or lie down if that feels more relaxing. Start by letting your body settle into the position you have chosen. Now soften what ever effort is still actively holding you by 10-15%.

Visualize your pelvic bowl. The beautiful wings of your hip bones on either side, connecting at the front at your pubis; the sacred sacrum in the back at the base of your spine, ending with the small and yet so important tailbone.

Get an internal sense of this space and imagine that your breath is sweeping through, cleansing any area that feels dark or stagnant, celebrating any area that feels light and buoyant.

Connect to your heart space. Imagine breathing around the heart. Same as with the pelvis, sweeping and connecting. Nourishing with your breath and your attention. Connect the two spaces; the heart space and the pelvic space. 

Visualize breath as a connector. Take a few breaths here. Now feel your entire body breathing. Placing your pelvis and heart within the entirety of your being and your being within the entirety of the universe around you.

Join Lara Kohn Thompson November 4th 2017 for her workshop on the pelvic space for women. For more information on Lara’s work, visit larakohnthompson.com.