Let's talk about the pelvic floor

Is it me or are we discussing the pelvic floor more?

I had an appointment at the doctor's and I decided I would have to take something to read as you never know how long you have to wait. So I popped into the newsagents on my way to the surgery and bought the July issue of Red magazine. Once at the doctor's I started to have a look through the magazine and couldn't believe there was a 2-page article on the pelvic floor. Brilliant!

As you know I always talk about the pelvic floor in my classes and its importance in life and this article got me thinking....

In my experience when asking my clients about the pelvic floor I have found the following:

· Women don’t really get introduced to pelvic floor until they are pregnant when they are told they must do pelvic floor exercises to avoid problems after childbirth.

· Men only get to told to do ‘Kegel’ exercises by their urologist when they are having treatment for urology or prostrate issues.

Obviously, these are generalisations based on my 15 year’s experience of being a sports massage therapist and Pilates teacher but it is interesting to note that when talking about the pelvic floor to clients they don’t really know what (or where in some cases) it is and how to make it work. Clients don’t realise that your need a good pelvic floor not only to stop urine leakages when you cough or sneeze but a strong pelvic floor is needed to good sexual health and it helps with abdominal engagement i.e. ‘the core’.

The magazine quotes Jane Simpson, author of 'The Pelvic Floor Bible' who says:

'Pelvic floor muscles are probably the most important, ignored and underappreciated muscles in our body'.

The magazine quotes the NHS stating that one in three of us will suffer from pelvic floor disorders. I found that figure shocking but when I thought about my clients list I realised that this figure is most likely to be true.

So I have decided that in September I will be running a class to focus solely on the pelvic floor. It will consist of 2 classes. The first class will discuss the pelvic floor, what it is and where is it and how to we can engage it. I will then teach a series of exercises targeted at improving the pelvic floor. We will then meet 2 weeks later to review progress and the exercises given at the first class and then learn more exercises to help strengthen this muscle.

Exciting times ahead - get in touch if you want more information about how Pilates can help with pelvic floor.

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