Realigning Sacrum to Ilia

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Dr. Ida Rolf Institute

Bulletin of Structural Integration Ida P. Rolf


I would like to share a simple technique which is very effective in realigning the relationship of the sacrum to the ilia. The technique takes about fifteen seconds and uses a light touch as in craniosacral therapy. I include it often in my sessions and find it a very quick way to balance right and left side and horizontalize the pelvis.

I found the structural logic in a chiropractic book called Logan Basic by Logan. However, never having seen anyone practice the technique, I experimented with my hands. When I recently saw a chiropractor trained in Logan Basic, I realized that his fast, hard manipulation had nothing to do with the technique as I developed it.

I shared the technique with Jan Sultan and the other Rolfers on a recently five-day seminar. I feel that the technique was met with approval and decided to try to put it into writing for Rolf Lines.

The effectiveness of the technique is based on accurate interpretation of the position of the three bones. If I suspect a lateral rotation of the sacrum, with my client lying on the stomach I palpate the spinous tubercles. If they are not in perfect vertical alignment, then I use an asymmetrical holding position.

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If the apex is to the left and the base is to the right, then I hold one finger low on the left sacroiliac joint and high on the right sacroiliac joint.

Use a very light touch just enough to feel the hardness of the bones. You may notice the ligament feels a bit knotty, or your fingers stick, or you feel a bit of electric charge. Just sit there for fifteen or twenty seconds, and you will feel the sacrum rotate into place. (If your fingers won’t sit still and you find them scooping tissue, no worry you get the same result as long as you have the right position on the joints).

Once you have right and left symmetry if your client still has an anterior pelvis, then put one finger on each side of the inferior ligaments of the sacroiliac joints. Hold until you feel the ilia spread and allow the apex to slide back.

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If you have right and left simmetry but your client has a posterior pelvis, then you need to observe the organization of the body from the side view. If the head is falling forward, as in the famous Rolfing model, then the whole sacrum is shifted forward in the joint. Here you hold the fingers symmetrical and in the middle of the joint.

If this,

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the this,

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If you have right and left symmetry, your client as a posterior pelvis, and the head is ?on? (ie. your client as a deep sway in the lumbar curve and head is pulled back), then the base of the sacrum has fallen forward. Create space for the base of the sacrum to move back by holding the two points on the superior ligaments of the sacroiliac joint.

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Remember, it only takes a light touch. You add a slight force into the direction of compression. The body reorganizes itself and moves back into the proper position. You are not moving the bone: you are giving it a slight shove in the wrong direction so that the body can notice that it is out of position and return to a proper structural relationship.Realigning Sacrum to Ilia

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