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Tensegrity Model Shows the Complex Structure of the Pelvis

Rolfing® Structural Integration views the body as a whole entity, made out of parts that relate to each other, following the tensegrity model concept. This model considers bones as compression elements, while the myofascial structures are considered tensional elements.

If we look at the following tensegrity representation of the pelvis, we can imagine the pelvis as a dynamic responsive structure of our body, able to transfer weight from the torso into the legs and feet. That weight is being distributed through the sacrum, coccyx and pelvic bones into the lower extremities in an interrelated manner. Not only these bones response to the transfer of forces, but the myofascial system (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) will also respond to it. This complex interrelation of tension and compression forces, when balanced, create stability in our pelvises.

The model in the picture is not an exact anatomical representation of the pelvis, but it illustrates the functional relationships that take place in our pelvis when we move. This is a different view from other models that consider the pelvis rigid and isolated from other structures.

Here we see the tensegrity model of the pelvis, but actually the whole body can be seen as one. When the pelvis' forces are imbalanced, the rest of the body will adapt to keep the entire body functional, what can lead to discomfort and pain. Often, that pain is located in the area that is overcompensating, even if the cause is restriction in other places in the body.

Rolfing® Structural Integration can help even out the different forces travelling through the body using manual techniques of myofascial mobilitation and helping clients become more aware of their habits.

This is the story of the living pelvis. It emphasizes not the static but the dynamic. The pelvis is the key to the well-being of the individual.”

– Ida P. Rolf, PhD (1896-1979).

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