• Natalie Shuler L.Ac, MSOM

Breathing with the spine

Spinal Cord Breathing

Rotating the sacrum to active the “sacral pump”

1. Find the sacrum and Place one hand on your sacrum and other hand on your lower abdomen

2. Rotate sacrum in a circle (36 times) each direction

Rotating the sacrum loosens the joints in the spine.

  1. Inhale and expand the chest with your arms bent at the elbows and extended to the sides of the body. Keep your chin tucked in toward your throat.

  2. Exhale, tucking tailbone under you, rounding your back and bringing your elbows toward one another in front of the chest. SMILE and RELAX while moving

  3. Repeat the inhalation and the exhalation thirty six times while rotating the sacrum and

Rotating the sacrum along with deep diaphragmatic breathing actives our sacral pump.

Below is a diagram on what I mean by diaphragmatic breathing. On the left you see the inhale which pushes the diaphragm muscle just under the lungs down and our bellies out ward. On the right you can see the exhale allow for the muscle to come back up and our bellies come back in.


The sacrum plays a significant role in both eastern and western cultures and acts as a line of direct communication with our Minds. The central nervous system is involved with our senses -- seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling -- as well as our emotions, thoughts, and memory.

All along the spine we have Cerebrospinal fluid which flows around the brain and spinal cord by two pumping mechanisms at the top (cranium) and the bottom (sacrum) of the spinal column.

When rotating the hips we create flexion and extension (forward and backward movement) of the sacrum as well as the spinal bones above it.

The spinal bones move in an up and down motion in coordination with the diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation On inspiration (breathing in) the pumping action brings the cerebrospinal fluid up around the spinal cord into the brain.

Cerebrospinal fluid is a clear, colorless body fluid similar in chemical composition to blood plasma and seawater.

It physically protects the brain and spinal cord, and serves as a medium for the flow of energy and information.

It flows primarily within and around the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), supplying it with nutrients and eliminating waste products.

This exercise offers a way to keep the flow of Cerebrospinal fluid moving