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As I have been having so many issues with my pelvis, I took a friend’s advice and went to see a rolfer in town. Rolfing is not a massage, however it can be quite intensive and it can affect deep tissues. Therefore, while pregnant, you might be limited as to what a rolfer can do for you.

“Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body…Essentially, the Rolfing process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency and your freedom of movement.”” target=”_blank”>

For me, the rolfing experience was very educational and it definitely helped. Just a warning, incase you are very modest, a rolfer might be too personal to see. You often have to strip down to a sports bra and your underwear and some of the manipulation can be quite personal as they do get into the soft tissues in various areas of the body that might be uncomfortable to some people. I was surprised at how exact the rolfer was able to pinpoint my problem and really get into the ligaments to work on it. Upon seeing him I did have to strip down and he could see right away some of the problems I have with my back and then jumped to my pelvis. As I was there more for pelvis issues, we proceeded to work on stretching my hips and then checking my hip alignment. From there he just applied pressure to the ligaments in the front of my pelvis, which were extremely tender. As he worked on it the tenderness did begin to melt away and slowly my pelvis began to shift as the ligament loosened up. He proceeded to work on the opposite side and then the ligaments in the back that also help keep the pelvis stay in place. While it was intense and there were some tender spots, when I left I felt that I was more loose and I had a sense that my hip was going to remain in place better than it had.

From what he could determine, my ligaments were tight on opposing sides, causing the left side of my pelvis to pop out. The way I imagined it, the ligaments were like rubber bands holding the pelvis in place. You have 4 of them: 2 in the front and 2 in the back. The left front rubber band became overly tight along with the right rear rubber band. When that happens they tweak the pelvis and starts to shift the pelvis out of alignment. Any small incorrect move you make then allows the left side of the pelvis to pop or move out of place slightly. By loosening the overly tightened rubber bands it helps all 4 to be in the correct amount of stretch around the pelvis, keeping it all in place properly. Sorry for my generic way of seeing this but it helps me visualize what I need my body to do.

My rolfer told me that Yoga helps as well as it really gets in and stretches some of these same muscles in a slow and deliberate way. For me the warrior pose will help a lot in keeping my pelvis ligaments stretched. Another great thing he showed me was to lie on the floor flat and then take 2 tennis balls and place them under your lower spine region. Position them where you feel the most tender spots and then rest upon them for no less than 90 seconds. This will apply pressure similar to what he would apply to the same tender spots. Applying this pressure will help stretch the ligaments out.

Now, I’m not a rolfer nor am I a doctor. Before trying anything that he showed me, please be advised to see a massage therapist, a chiropractor, your physician or a rolfer to find out if this kind of stretching is right for you. As I have seen all of the above and have pinpointed the problem, plus I am journaling everything during this pregnancy, I believe this is information that should be shared in case it could help someone else better identify a similar problem, along with the steps that I took in trying to correct it. Anything that you try on your own is at your own risk; this website and I are not held accountable for any incorrect stretching that you might perform on yourself.

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  1. liz

    Rolfing Structural Integration is generally regarded as safe. Because it involves deep tissue manipulation, pregnant women and people with skeletal, vascular, or clot disorders should consult a health care provider before undertaking Rolfing sessions

    January 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm
  2. admin

    Thank you Liz. I found it to be greatly beneficial and the little techniques that I can do at home are such a life saver. I’m in less pain this week than I have been in over a month with Yoga and Rolfing.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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  1. lewis

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