Learn to wag your tail
If the coccyx is stuck, then the spine is limited in its movement and therefore hinders flexibility. In other words, if the spine is rusty, it blocks the spine. Waking up the coccyx is very useful for both yoga and pilates practices.
The coccyx, the pubic bones, and the tuberosities make up the foundations of the pelvic floor in the shape of a square. This visualisation can help us to initiate action of the pelvic floor. You can learn yoga practices that help you to align into transfering powerful energies through the pelvis with the help of the pelvic muscles - eg, we practise Mula Bandha in our yoga classes.
The coccyx is the most mobile part of our pelvis and is the left-over of a powerful tail. For example, for quadrupeds like our yoga dog in training, Horus, the pelvic floor has the task of moving the tail. The tail is used to steer movement, to keep balance and to say hello. So how do we move our tail bone?
Some might say it is impossible, their tail bone is stuck and therefore muscles of the pelvic floor are not getting enough exercise.
HOW TO WAG YOUR TAIL
Lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet flat down.
Relax and let your inhales fill your pelvis and open out into your sexual organs.
Bring your attention to your coccyx (tailbone) and then imagine the long strands of muscles and ligament attached to the coccyx from the middle of the pelvic floor.
On the exhale think of actively swinging the coccyx up towards your pubic bone. Enhance it by drawing into and up through the anus muscles.
Inhale relax and let go
It is possible that at first there is no movement, with only a tensing and relaxing of muscles. It does take time for the joint between the sacrum and coccyx to lubricate and allow movement. It might only be a very vague muscle contraction but with persistence you will get the movement! We are practising this in our Pilates classes if you would like some more personal help.
When you have mastered the forwards and backward movement of the tail bone try moving your tail bone side to side. Woof Woof!
Writen by Samantha Towers