Last month, I worked with a young woman who recently took up the art of trapeze. Very fit and active to begin with, she was surprised to find how physically demanding this new activity was, especially on her core and low back. Performing beautiful, well-timed and fluid motions while suspended from her hands, knees or feet required a whole new level of power and control from her core. Within the first few months of her training, she found herself suffering from low back and leg pain that was starting to become disruptive. She was also finding it difficult to engage the muscles of her lower abdomen effectively when performing tricks. She sought out Craniosacral therapy for some relief, and eventually found her way to my office.
When I assessed her, I found some stiffness in her Sacroiliac (or “SI”) joints, located at the base of the spine in the low back, as well as some tension and tightness in the fascia of her lower abdomen. Using Craniosacral therapy techniques, I helped her body to release these restrictions and establish a balanced relationship between the low back and the abdominal muscles. Within a few Craniosacral sessions, her pain was relieved. We also worked on some specific exercises and techniques to train and engage the lower abdominal muscles, which she was able to incorporate in to her daily training routine. She reports, after a few weeks of doing the exercises, that she feels much stronger in her core, and is now able to execute challenging trapeze tricks with greater ease – and with great joy!