It never ceases to amaze me how many movement teachers just ignore the pelvic floor. Is it because they find it too sensitive a subject to broach with their clients? Or is it because they don't know much about it?
I believe it is way too overlooked in rehabilitation, movement and fitness.
Granted, it is a conversation that should be extended appropriate sensitivity and privacy. But the why's and wherefores of your pelvic floor is a conversation that is completely necessary to have!
The why's and wherefores of your pelvic floor is a conversation that is completely necessary to have!
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in your crotch that is something like a hammock hanging between two palm trees, with one palm tree at the front and one at the back. It is vital to maintain a healthy pelvic floor, because with gravity and the weight of abdominal organs and babies bearing down on it, it can take a beating! I should also point out that it is not only women who have had babies who can have issues with their pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor is an integral part of the core muscles, and the how and when of correctly tensioning the pelvic floor is related to the regulation of pressure within the abdomen, and the effectiveness of our breathing - life itself!
A weak, damaged or incorrectly functioning pelvic floor can lead to urinary incontinence, issues with bowel regularity, lower back pain, and pelvic floor prolapse. And a sneaky little fact... a healthy pelvic floor will improve your sex life ;)
Improving the health of your pelvic floor is not just about squeezing your "bits" and "stopping your wee". But what does it feel like to correctly engage your pelvic floor? To you? In your body? And how do you know that you're doing it properly?
A knowledgeable and experienced Pilates Practitioner or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist will be able to help you correctly engage and improve the health of your pelvic floor.
Does your pilates instructor, physical therapist or movement trainer incorporate pelvic floor function into your movement sessions?
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