The Pelvic Floor Series Part Two
The Breath Connection
In this second part of the Pelvic Floor Series I consider the breath and how its appropriate use can help in your journey to a more functional pelvic floor.
Below is a video I made a while back for women taking part in one of my online programmes. Do take a moment to watch it.
Working with post-natal women, in fact women in general it is possible and indeed paramount for me to be ensuring that every single move that they make is going to help and not hinder (or worse, be detrimental to) the integrity and function of their deepest core muscles and pelvic floor.
Every time we put pressure through our body, whether that comes from formal exercise (lifting weights, even just our body weight, jumping and moving) or in daily activity (bags, babies, toddlers, 6 bottle prosecco holders), we need to be protecting our core ESPECIALLY if our core is recovering from pregnancy and childbirth (6 weeks, months, years even after the event!)
In short, if you are holding your breath, or bearing down (and sometimes this can come involuntarily through dodgy breathing patterns) in any of these activities, pressure is being created which isn’t a great thing for the soft tissues of your tummy (especially if you have a diastasis) and pelvic floor (hence the sometimes leaky run, star jump, laugh, sneeze etc).
As we work 1:1 or in a group Holistic Core Restore® course you not only learn how to integrate your breathing to your exercise (and life) but also learn tricks and techniques on how to make your breath as optimal as possible (SPOILER: we all breathe, but we don’t all breathe WELL!)
To find out more about the Holistic Core Restore® programme, click here.