If you are suffering from issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary bladder issues, vaginal dryness or atrophy, bloating or gut dysfunction, you might find it difficult to discuss these issues with anyone. Or maybe you have seen a number of medical professionals and other specialists to get you back on track and yet your issue has not resolved. I have seen many women thrive and rediscover their health with my approach of combining movement, relaxation and mind techniques.
Movement, relaxation and Mind therapy works best when we give it time. My approach combines therapeutic movement for pelvic floor fitness and rehabilitation with Yoga, Chi Gong and somatic mind practices that can teach us to find more ease and joy by releasing old patterns and replacing them with new ones. It’s more than just movement or just therapy. It’s a permission to become empowered and in charge of your own wellbeing.
My approach will help you identify saboteurs and saviours, that is, habits that sabotage or improve your wellbeing. We will support this area with a mix of movement, relaxation techniques, including breathing and meditation as well as emotional support from Yoga and Chi Gong psychology.
I teach movement that does not just strengthen weak areas of the pelvis and relax tense ones but that may also improve the way you relate to yourself and others, help you feel good about yourself and relax into intimacy.
Relaxation and breathing techniques can help us do the same. They have also been shown to positively affect hormones, gut and vaginal microbiome, circulation and so much more.
And yet there is more: beyond the “fixing what we feel is broken”, ancient Yogis have taught us that we can use our journey back to health from pelvic floor and gut issues in particular to achieve a more successful, happier life.
The pelvis and gut are often described as our “core” or power centre – and it certainly is! We can use to find a happier, joyful and successful life!
Whether you are looking for Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais or functional fitness classes – all can be adapted to make them suitable for maintaining a healthy pelvic floor. I like combining all of these but if you have a particular preference, let me know and we can work with your preferred style of exercising. If your problem is severe, you may need to see a women’s health physio first. I have trained extensively in a variety of approaches, including specific trainings for the pelvic floor muscles, the fascial pelvic floor and also those that improve dynamic movement and stability of the pelvis. However, I am not a physiotherapist.
Please note that anyone post-partum should wait for about 12 weeks after delivery before returning to a full exercise programme. If you are still breast-feeding you might also need to wait as your joints are likely to be less stable during this time.
Why is the pelvis and pelvic floor so important?
We often overlook this area unless it gives us problems, partly because it is an area that is associated with sexuality. So we don’t move our pelvis when walking because we don’t want to look too sexy…. And that will inhibit our balance and our pelvic floor muscles. Our pelvic floor muscles are invisible. Because we don’t see them, it is easy to forget about them and yet they may be the culprit that gives you that back pain, or why you feel constipated, can’t get to the toilet in time when you put your key into the front door, have to go to the toilet several times during the night or suffer from stress incontinence. The pelvic floor might even be implicated in issues related to the gut, say IBS.
Whilst you should see a medical doctor if you suffer from any of these issues to make sure that these issues are actually related to your pelvic floor and nothing else, your pelvic floor might just be the culprit!
The pelvic floor has various important roles: it supports our organs, especially the bladder, the reproductive organs and the rectum, and stops them from prolapsing. But this is not its sole purpose. The pelvic floor also has “outlets” so that we can urinate (wee) and defecate (poo) easily. If the pelvic floor is too tight or too weak, it affects these functions. So we might find that we cannot hold our urine easily – say we have little mishaps whenever we cough or sneeze – or we might find ourselves having to rush to the toilet all the time and then find we actually didn’t have to go….. We might also suffer from wind, constipation or bloating. Or we just feel a sensation of heaviness or even pain in this area. Or we have unexplained back pain. Do remember though, that you should always go to your doctor to make sure that these symptoms are pelvic floor related.