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Michelle Turner
As you know, I am open to give a Movement Lesson™ as well as teach during the session. I believe that a parent has the right to help their child. I also believe that the more that I can share my information, the more that I gain with new ideas and techniques. As an example, I have many that I use around the pelvis and the coccyx (tailbone) for ease of movement and initiating and enhancing the developmental movement patterns.
The Coccyx - Tail Bone

Why We Don't Have a Tail. The Coccyx and Development I was surprised when the parent stated that there is no function in the coccyx. “What?! The tailbone and sacrum are key to all of our movements.” I was aghast to learn that professionals are taught the following: The coccyx is formed of either three, four or five rudimentary vertebrae. It articulates superiorly with the sacrum. In each of the first three segments may be traced a rudimentary body and articular and transverse processes; the last piece (sometimes the third) is a mere nodule of bone. The transverse processes are most prominent and noticeable on the first coccygeal segment. All the segments lack pedicles, laminae and spinous processes. The first is the largest; it resembles the lowest sacral vertebra, and often exists as a separate piece; the remaining ones diminish in size from above downward. 

Most anatomy books incorrectly state that the coccyx is normally fused in adults. In fact it has been shown that the coccyx may consist of up to five separate bony segments, the most common configuration being two or three segments. In short, science believes that at one time, our ancestors did have a tail or that we’ve evolved from primates. During those thousands of years, our tail has fallen off and will eventually disappear, including the tailbone. I’m here to tell you, if that happens we will not be able to get out of a chair. The reason is quite simple for why we don’t have a tail.

If you were to study the skeletal system and functional movement in humans and our close proximities, you will need to note the shoulder and pelvic girdle. In primates, the shoulder girdle is substantially bigger than their pelvis. When a body that is ‘top heavy’ moves forward their tail automatically counters this function. The tail is not just to wrap around a tree branch. It is there for the animal’s head to pronate and go into extension or a forward movement having an automatic counterbalance. This is one of the reasons why animals can move with the ease and grace that they do in horizontal locomotion. Humans are not meant to have wide shoulders. A simple way to look at this is because we have fine motor skills. Someone with is skills of Arnold Schwarzenegger would not be able to play the piano at a professional manner. The second point being, we end up having vertical locomotion. Simply stating, we walk around to get where we are going. During this time, we still need counterbalance through are system and the function generates from the tailbone.
Here is a simple experiment on how important your tailbone is. Sit comfortably on a chair with your feet flat on the ground. I want you to tighten your tailbone and keep it straight. Now, without using your hands, I want you to get up. Are you able to do it? Why not? Some of you can argue that the contractions are preventing you from getting up. That’s a good point, now relax the tailbone, just imagine that the bone is fused and straight and try to get up. It still is just as difficult. What you just experienced is someone that has developed with cerebral palsy or has had a stroke that affected the pelvic region. The global affects to functional movement, basically everything that we do, is due to the effective relationship that we have with our tailbone. The first movements that a baby makes are all involuntary yet crucial. As they move, they should automatically transfer this action throughout their body. When this doesn’t present or is not aloud to happen due to their environment, their development and the way that their neuro pathway connections establish can be changed for life.

Take a moment and appreciate your tailbone. Wag it for a few times. Move to the right and wag your tail to the left. Move to the left and wag your tail to the right. Now feel how it is to walk down the hallway. Think about the way that you move and how you would like your family to move. If you have concerns or can clearly see that movement is compromised through the pelvis, it’s a good time to get or give a Movement Lesson™. Click here to watch the video to see me explain this on Frank-the skeleton.

Certification Training

 In order to spread the benefits of this work nationally and internationally, Michelle Turner has created a training program for American and international students that will enable you to gain the professional skills necessary to become adept in this use of touch and build successful careers home and abroad as Movement Lesson Therapists to the wider benefit of disabled children throughout the world.

India & South Africa

 Out of necessity to help her globally delayed child, Michelle Turner created a special movement therapy, Movement Lesson™, that helps children and adults throughout the world. She was in India and South Africa to help kids and parents with her unique combination of gentle touch and purposeful movement through the principles of counterbalance and rotation by creating an individualized and profoundly effective therapy sessions. 

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Michelle Turner is a movement integration specialist and educator who provides a progressive therapeutic approach to teach the mind and body to more efficiently work in harmony, with the goals of achieving increased mobility, pain relief and optimal health. Her unique combination of gentle touch and purposeful motion allows her clients to achieve greater range of motion, balance, coordination and pain elimination.