Wiggle Your Tail Bone Because You Can

Did you know that you can move your tail bone just like you can move all your vertebra? At least you should be able to, but to feel it you may have to do a little digging.  The best place to try it is in the shower.  Next time you take a shower, find your tailbone with your finger.  You don’t actually have to go too deep into any crevices to find it.  When I was in China and getting a massage, the therapist rubbed my tailbone.  That was shocking and unwelcomed, but when you are searching for your own it’s not that invasive.

Once you find it, by engaging your pelvic floor (think do a Kegel) you should be able to feel it wiggle just a little bit. Think of the range of motion you can get from the first joint of your pointer finger.  It’s not a big movement, but you should feel something.

The tailbone is really the last bone of your spine. If something in the body is meant to have mobility, we want to keep it mobile.  Since everything is connected, if your pelvic floor is too tight or too slack that effects the positioning of the tailbone, which is connected to the sacrum, which is connected to the lumbar spine, so one influences the other.  If you’ve ever broken your tail bone or had coccyx pain, you know firsthand how much your tailbone matters.  It can make sitting a miserable experience.

Once you can feel it moving, you don’t always need to actually find your tailbone to recreate this exercise. It’s just worth finding the first time because it’s cool.  Obviously.

Once in a while just move it. Do Kegel exercises, both engaging and relaxing the pelvic floor to wag your tailbone.

Have fun playing. I think I’ll skip the video on how to do this one for obvious reasons. But if you’ve felt yours move, and you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear it!

 

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About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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