Now that you’ve learned a bit more about where that pelvic floor is and most importantly, how to relax it, it’s time to venture into strengthening that baby up!—but not too much….then we’d back to square one. There should be balance. Just like the song (or the Book of Ecclesiastes, depending on your version), “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose.” There is a time to contract, like when you’re doing something requiring more force, like lifting your child or kicking that soccer ball. And there is a time to relax, like when you’re going to the bathroom.
Think of the pelvic floor as your foundation. If the foundation is weak, there will be a better chance for cracks to form in other areas of the house. Keep patching up the cracks, but don’t address the foundation, and you never get to your source. Weakness in the pelvic floor can manifest as problems elsewhere, such as low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, jaw/neck pain, hip pain just to name a few.
This post is not to be a comprehensive guide to contracting your pelvic floor, but reminder for those who have been shown these tools and perhaps forgot how to do them. There are oodles of exercises, poses, and cues that you could use. It’s best to find a pelvic floor specialist to guide you in the specifics for your body.
So without much ado, I present this short post to provide a video of 4 poses/ practices (+ 1 bonus) to assist with pelvic floor awareness (#1) and also strengthening.
I welcome your feedback and if you find this information helpful, please share with your colleagues and your friends. I would love to hear or see how you’re doing at managing your foundation. However, if you’re still having trouble getting the technique down, Contact Tianna to see how she can help you with pelvic floor pain/issues. We’ll work together to help you get to the root of your symptoms and return you to doing the things you love!
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