Balancing what we feel and what we think we"know" in practice
I feel the need for a fresh post. This is directly related to the “debate”, and I use that terms loosely, about nutation and counter nutation of the sacrum. The discussion has been going on in the blogosphere and as of late, right here on my own blog.
I have been contemplating my own writings and particularly my last post to come to some basic agreement about the movement of the SI joint. It brings up a larger issue of what is “real”? I’m not going to get too esoteric about this, but what is the balance between subjective and objective reality as it relates to our own body?
How do we balance out what we “feel” with what we think we “know” objectively? As I stated in the very first post, I can’t argue with anyone’s experience. We feel things in our practice and our mind naturally tries to uncover what it is if we’re so inclined to look at it. The feeling is real and can add to the larger overall understanding of what is going on.
We can also look at the skeleton, ligaments, muscles etc., and add to the overall understanding of what is going on. Dare I say both are needed and valid.
My own understanding is based on my body and my own study of anatomy. Does this make it right? No, it just makes it mine.
Related to SI joint movement, I’ve never surely felt my SI joint nutate or counter nutate in any obvious way. I know enough anatomy to know that it probably does, but differentiating 1 to 3 mm of movement is not easy. Can others feel their SI joint moving? I would imagine so. Who am I to debate that? I’m not in their body.
I have no answers.
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