In Wisdom Healing Qigong, we are encouraged to point our tailbones to the earth to connect with the source energy from our Mother, this planet. And, in hip rotations, we visualize light radiating from the tailbone. I began to notice when I did this I started feeling energy in my brain. Hey, the tailbone must be pretty important. I wonder what it is about the tailbone? So, I did a little research and here’s what I found.
Of course, it’s called our tailbone because it’s what’s left of our anatomy as it evolved from creatures with tails to our current status. Anatomically called the coccyx, it is “3-5 bones connected by fused or semi-fused joints or disk-like ligaments. ..The coccyx is the connecting point for many pelvic floor muscles… These muscles…assist in walking, running, and moving the legs.” https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spine-anatomy/anatomy-coccyx-tailbone. The coccyx is attached to the sacrum (which translates as “sacred” from Latin) and is the anchor point for the spinal cord which is the circuit board for our entire Central Nervous System. So, needless to say, pretty crucial for our our bodies and quality of life. http://www.innerbody.com/image_skelfov/skel38_new.html
The position of the tailbone affects the alignment of the whole spine. To be grounded, we want it pointing straight down to the earth. When we feel fear, we tuck the tailbone under. We see that dramatically in our beloved dogs, the tail goes obviously between the legs when afraid. “Physically, tailbone misalignments can cause anything from knee problems to carpal tunnel syndrome to panic attacks to migraines and incontinence.” When we become ungrounded, we become overwhelmed. Our breath and immune systems are compromised. When our tailbones are aligned with the earth, we feel grounded, connected, energetic. marbleheadnaturalhealing.com/honor-thy-tailbone.
The tailbone is associated with the root chakra, which represents our right to exist, to belong, to be here on this planet. The root chakra is the first chakra in Ayurvedic tradition, the Huiyin Gate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is associated with the color red and the emotion of trust and safety.
Suggestions for tailbone alignment via qigong:
- Be aware of your tailbone when you are standing, practicing qigong, sitting, etc. Envision your tailbone pointed and grounded with the earth. Study images of your coccyx to help you with a more detailed visualization.
- Wisdom Healing Qigong hip rotations are a great practice for tailbone flexibility and alignment. Imagine your tailbone full of light, initiating the rotation with your tailbone. Mingtong’s 100 Day Gong starts with Hip Rotations. Enjoy the whole practice if you have time.
- Kegels, a pelvic floor exercise, are recommended by the health profession for men and women. A similar exercise is also a qigong movement for the Huiyin gate, same area. Kegels are energetically and physically good for you, and you can do them anytime, anywhere.
You’re only as old as your spine is flexible.” ~ Joseph Pilates. Why not start with your tailbone?