All of the nerves in our body require a state of sliding and gliding within our tissues. When nerves get stuck, or compressed, they tell us. While the causes of sciatic nerve pain or sciatica are numerous and not terribly well understood. We do know that restoring a suppleness and fluidity to the tissues of the low back, glutes, pelvic floor and thighs can be helpful . To restore or maintain this fluidity, in this practice, we will use a technique known as nerve flossing.
Working with this breath technique in childs pose adds another layer of difficulty. So it’s a nice practice to progress to for continued improvement of hip, groin, low back and SIJ issues.
When hip, groin and low back problems happen, this techinique is one of my go to’s. Our pelvic floor is a dynamic and sensitive region that is highly connected to our mental state. Learning to tune in to the sensations and actions of the pelvic floor is often the first step in reducing sensitivity in the tissues arising from this region.
This is a go to practice when you really NEED to get on your mat for some Yin, but can’t commit mentally or time wise to a full guided practice. I’ve provided an image and a brief description of each pose for you. You will make good use of your pause button so this practice is best taken from your phone or tablet.