3 Lifestyle Changes to Improve your Pelvic Floor Today

Specialising in pregnancy, post natal recovery and women’s wellbeing for almost 10 years means that I have worked on an extremely intimate level with women when it comes to pelvic floor health.  Pelvic floor strength is a sensitive yet priority issue for women.  Every week I am asked the question “how do you do it with 6 kids?”  I love helping women become more aware of how to protect and strengthen their pelvic floor and how to ensure the best possible recovery after birth (even if it is quite a few years later).  The answers are surprisingly simple for many women as it’s not what we have been indoctrinated to believe.  I am going to give you 3 lifestyle changes that will help improve your pelvic floor and deep core strength.

This subject pops up every week without fail and thousands of women are suffering silently. Kegel exercises have been sold to us as the gold standard solution, but I can tell you that from my experience with clients, as with myself, it isn’t necessarily … and it has many women travelling down the wrong path with little to no results.  Kegel exercises simply do not address any lifestyle changes required for long term results.

A weak or damaged pelvic floor will result in problems such as bladder incontinence (wetting oneself when coughing, laughing, jumping, running etc), bowel incontinence, lack of sexual pleasure, a “heaviness” or “fullness” in the vagina especially when lifting or carrying things (including toddlers) and even prolapses.  These problems are often very isolating socially and really do get in the way of you enjoying your life fully and giving the absolute best of yourself to your children.

There are 3 principles you need to understand.

  1.  The pelvic floor sits in the energy of the base chakra which is about support, feeling part of a tribe, a deep sense of safety and security, sexual reproduction and survival.  When this chakra is healthy you feel supported, a sense of belonging and that your basic needs for survival are met (money, housing, food, warmth, community etc) and vice versa, when you feel these things your base chakra is stronger and healthier – and so is your pelvic floor.
  2. Your postural alignment greatly effects the pelvic floor and deep core muscles to engage as they should.  Correcting postural alignment makes a lot of difference to your pelvic floor strength.  If your muscular-skeletal system is out then you’re daily habits are probably causing damage and wrecking havock on your pelvic floor recovery.
  3. Being-busy-being-busy also creates a week pelvic floor.  Women traditionally honoured their bodies with adequate rest and time just ‘being’.  With our modern day Super-woman agenda your body simply does not get enough down and is yearning for restorative time as a daily, weekly and monthly practice.

It’s time to reclaim your body, your energy and your time.  Here’s some ways to get started.

  1.  Look at what area of your life you could enrol some support from friends, family or community and reciprocate where you can.
  2. Sign up to yoga to correct your daily habits, awareness and postural alignment.  (Online video lessons coming soon)
  3. Unschedule your life  a little and prioritise daily restorative practice such as putting your feet up after work for 20 minutes, reading a book before bed or taking a long hot bath weekly.

When you start to take action and make some changes you will find that appropriate exercise will be much more effective. You will feel more energetic, confident and connected.

What is the number one thing that you know you need to do after reading through this article?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

Tara x

 

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