Few of us move our pelvis easily; as a consequence, it gets fixed in place, unlikely in a neutral place (for example, at right). Instead, most have their pelvis tilted either a bit forward or back, sometimes to one side, or even a kind of twist. As a consequence is a stiffness in the low back, or cramps in the legs, or more debilitating pain such as sciatica. Digestive functions are compromised, sleep is interrupted, and the list goes on...
In this lesson we look at the pelvis and the movement of taking the tailbone backward and returning. English is confusion about the verb to use -- would you call it "tipping" or something else?
Since we "fix" the pelvis in place, we also restrict all movements above it (the lower back, the upper spine, to the shoulder blades and the head) and below: the hamstrings, kneecaps, calves, feet.
We unwind this "fixing" or "holding" by listening to associated aspects of the breath (pushing down with exhale), inviting the spine to move, even moving the head. In order to listen to the spine we need to limit the movement of the shoulders, hence being on hands and knees.
To sense the possibilities of movement downward, we invoked folding the pelvis toward the heels.
At the end students could sit more comfortably on their heels and then, in standing, felt more energetic, and free, with better balance.
(we had the toes long, rather than bent)
Following is an early picture of Dr. Feldenkrais crouching.