With kegels, it’s a “one size fits all” solution. Kegels support tightening the pelvic floor muscles, but for many women, the pelvic floor is already too tight, or hypertonic. This can cause serious problems in posture and breath – a hypertonic pelvic floor can lead to painful intercourse, urge incontinence, pelvic pain, even IBS. And kegels don’t address the hypotonic pelvic floor either. If a woman is suffering from stress incontinence (which happens to many women after childbirth or once they reach their late 30's), then just tightening the muscles doesn’t address other issues such as ligament strains or instability in the pelvic organs due to accidents, trauma, pregnancy or birth. Kegels also describe as “cutting off the flow of urine” which brings all of the attention of contraction to the front of the pelvic floor, losing sight that there is much more to the pelvic floor and its function for the female body.Simply put, kegels are not helpful for everyone. Your pelvic floor could be too tight, too loose or healthy and how this manifests between the front, back and both sides is unique. It is often assumed that pelvic floor problems come from a hypotonic (loose) pelvic floor, although recent research has shown this is often not the case. Through pelvic floor yoga you will understand how your pelvic floor is functioning as a whole and we will design specific movements to address your unique body.
Do you experience any of the following? :
Then pelvic floor yoga private sessions can help you. Yoga poses, breath and posture, and meditation are all a part of your pelvic floor yoga practice.
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Pelvic floor yoga is the focus of aligning breath and posture in order to support the function of the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles act like a sling to support the bladder, uterus, and rectum. The breath is an important part of this – you want to visualize the pelvic floor stretching as you inhale and contracting as you exhale. And with proper posture we can clear to path to breath, to support the pelvic floor, and to be on our way to a strong pelvic floor yoga practice. Through pelvic floor yoga you will cultivate the awareness and tools needed to work toward healing and health.
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