The Sacrum Dance
The sacrum, located
at the base of our spine, is one of the five parts of the Craniosacral (CS) system. It is one of the bones that make of the pelvis. The sacrum is wedged between the ilia at the sacroiliac joints. A healthy and happy sacrum has a small amount of allowable movement at this joint for most of our lives. Sacrum loves to move. It loves to wag its tail. It loves to express itself and it loves to dance. The CS system has an inherent rhythmic movement that Craniosacral Practitioners tune into when placing their hands on specific areas on their client’s body. The quality, amplitude and symmetry of this rhythmic movement can be used as an indicator of the client’s health and vitality.
The sacrum is the lower pole of the Reciprocal Tension Membrane (the RTM). The RTM is the fascial system that connects the craniosacral system from head to tail. What happens at the sacrum affects the entire system and visa versa (as above, so below).
There are many life factors that can affect the inherent movement of the sacrum – physical injury, emotional, energetic and spiritual issues and challenges. Energetically, the sacrum is related to the first and second chakra.
The first chakra, Muladhara is our “root chakra”. It relates to our most basic survival needs, our sense of security and safety in the world and our sense of belonging, whether to our family, our community or Mother Earth. It is where we get our sense of ground – a firm place from which to take a stand for what we believe in.
When this chakra is clear and free, we feel secure and stable. We feel confident that we can easily fulfill our needs. We have a sense of who we are and feel connected to our “tribe”. On the other hand, blockage in this area can cause us to feel fearful, anxious and worried. We might feel like we are alone and separate from the flow of life.
The second chakra, Svadhisthana, resides in the reproductive area and is associated with fertility, creativity and birth. We most often associate the second chakra with sexuality and childbirth but it is also where new projects, ideas and new aspects of ourselves can be birthed. When this chakra is healthy and open, life feels juicy. We feel tapped into a source of creativity that helps us write beautiful poetry or music, develop a innovative business, or create a loving family life. When this chakra becomes congested, we may experience a block in our creative powers. Life might feel dry or empty. We start to feel like we are just going through the motions of life – not fully engaged.
The sacrum loves to move both physically and energetically. When there has been injury, trauma, or abandonment there is a normal and natural tendency for the energy of this area to be congested, diminished, fragmented or completely shut down.
It takes energy to maintain these areas of congestion. Our life force energy can get depleted and over time fatigue, pain and illness can set in.
Our intention for healing is to bring the fragmented parts back into unity and to free the life force energy so that we can feel more whole, vital and more “at home” in ourselves.
In Visionary Craniosacral Work, as we make contact, we have a “quiet conversation” with the sacrum. “What is alive here?” “What needs to be seen or heard?” “What is needed for you to feel more free, alive and a part of the whole?” We then give sacrum the presence and the space it needs to unwind its tensions at whatever pace it needs. We have no agenda for its release. We compassionately respect and honor whatever is needed at this time. Sacrum then feels seen and heard and honored. The trauma can begin to release its grip and sacrum can begin to integrate into the whole. Inherent movement increases and balances. Freedom, vitality and relaxation can be felt. Sacrum can begin to dance its sacred dance.