This is a guest post by Tara Darlington, a Yoga Teacher and specialist in the areas of Birth, Motherhood and Parenting. Tara's work with her clients is wholistic and healing, she nurtures her clients through the many transitional phases of a mother's journey while also teaching them the tools to nurture themselves.
From my own experience as a mother and with the women I have worked with, the pelvic floor is a hot topic. There is so much curiosity, mystery, fear and trepidation surrounding this piece of our anatomy as women who have carried and birthed our children. In many ways, after pregnancy we continue to carry our babies, well into their childhoods, and for some women well into their adulthood!
Tara has some sane words to say about our pelvic floor health and kegels. I hope you will hop over to her site to check out her 7 Days to a Strong Pelvic Floor Program.
As a Yoga Teacher, Birth Educator and Healer, I have worked with over 1000 women through pregnancy, birth and through their recovery after birth for more than 13 years and having had 6 children myself I have learnt a lot about pelvic floor and kegel exercises. I have had the great opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t and to observe the common problems women face with their pelvic floor and deep core recovery after birth.
Knowing what to do is the first step. Exploring how this is playing out in your life is the second step and creating new lifestyle habits that will support your pelvic floor is the third step.
I had a client recently who was going to undergo surgery due to pelvic floor weakness and a prolapse uterus. Within a few weeks of working together her recovery was enough that she no longer felt uncomfortable and had seen such significant improvement that she cancelled her surgery.
Why do so many women struggle with Kegel exercises and what are the keys to a healthy pelvic floor?
- Kegel exercises alone are not enough
- Having to do Kegel exercises create another burden in your life (part of the problem in the first place)
- Kegel exercises do not address the core issues emotionally and physically, and
- Who the hell wants to do Kegel exercises!!!
A weak pelvic floor is a reflection of certain areas of your life being over burdened and these areas need to be addressed with lifestyle changes and postural adjustments so that the pelvic floor and deep core are NATURALLY ACTIVATED. Yes! Naturally Activate! This actually means NO MORE KEGEL exercises (which by the way is named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, the male OB/GYN specialist who began to use this exercisein 1948, for curing the patient suffering from urinary incontinence)
Like many things, our modern lifestyle is partly to blame.
You need to address the following three areas in order to activate your pelvic floor correctly:
- You need to create new habits that support True Postural Alignment and Deep Core Strengthening in your daily life.
- You need to do away with ‘being-busy-being-busy’ and find a balance between being productive (aka getting shit done) and ‘restorative practices’.
- You need to reduce burden by allowing support into your life.
Ask yourself “How would a strong pelvic floor change your life?”
What changes do you need to make in your life? Which areas do you need to unburden? Who will help you with this?
Find out about our 7 Days to a Strong Pelvic Floor Program here.