If you’ve ever been given kegels as an exercise for pelvic
floor strength do you really understand what you are supposed to be doing? Are
you even aware of your pelvic floor, exactly where it is, what it feels like to
tense and release it? How do you know you are doing kegels and not just
clenching your bum.
This is one of the reasons I don’t teach kegels in my classes and feel they are better taught by a Women’s Health Physio who can work internally to help you locate and work with these muscles.
We tend to have so much disconnect with our bodies at the
best of times, with the negative aspects of periods, smear tests, birth,
menopause where lots of things are done to us. We never really connect with our
pelvis, pelvic organs and genitalia. Many women have not even looked at their
vulva there is so much shame, ‘dirty’ and fear connected here.
It can feel very emotional just thinking of working on your pelvic floor symptoms – there is lots of embarrassment as well as the other negative feelings and this can be why lots of women wait 6 years or even longer before they attempt to do anything.
Becoming aware of your pelvis, where it sits in relation to the rest of our body (do you habitually tuck it under or stick it out behind you?) will help with modifying exercises to help restore function to your pelvic floor.
But also spending time focusing in on your pelvis physically, feeling the bones and the muscles. Breathing into the area and meditating with your pelvis, pelvic organs, muscles and ligaments in mind and really getting to know this area of your body will help while you are healing and restoring function to this area.
if you like visuals you can look at anatomical drawings and even make them more personal by using colouring in pages.
So much pelvic floor dysfunction is caused by excessive
tension in the pelvic floor muscles, in order to relax these muscles you need
to have an awareness for them first and then know when you are inadvertently tensing
them. (and it can be really interesting finding out that you tense your pelvic
floor muscles when you pour the kettle for example)
So much of rehabilitating your pelvic floor is bringing awareness, reconnecting and learning to love and appreciate your pelvic floor and thinking if it in positive terms.