One of the elements of our Pilates Health Retreats that we are super excited about is bringing knowledge and empowerment to our retreat guests in the form of educational and informative workshops. And one of the topics that we are passionate about, is the health of our pelvic floor.
It never ceases to amaze me how many movement teachers seem to simply ignore the pelvic floor! Is it because they find it too sensitive a subject to broach with their clients? Or is it because they don't know much about it? I believe that pelvic floor is one of the most overlooked aspects of rehabilitation, movement and fitness.
Granted, it is a conversation that should be extended appropriate sensitivity and privacy. But the why's and wherefores of your pelvic floor is a conversation that is completely necessary to have!
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that forms the bottom-most part of what is referred to as your core. It lies in your crotch, between your legs, and spans from front to back. A weak, damaged or incorrectly functioning pelvic floor can lead to urinary incontinence, issues with bowel regularity, lower back pain, and pelvic floor prolapse.
Correct engagement of your pelvic floor is vital to use and strengthen your core muscles, and is also related to the regulation of pressure within the abdomen, and the effectiveness of our breathing. Maintaining a healthy pelvic floor is also important because gravity, abdominal organs, abdominal fat, and babies can place enormous strain on the pelvic floor. I should however point out that it is not only women who have had babies who can have issues with their pelvic floor, as these issues can also affect men, children, and women who have not had babies.
And a sneaky little fact... a healthy pelvic floor can improve your sex life ;)
Improving the health of your pelvic floor is not just about squeezing your "bits" and "stopping your wee". A knowledgeable and experienced pilates instructor or pelvic floor physiotherapist will be able to help you improve the health of your pelvic floor. On our Pilates Health Retreats, we will discuss and practice what it feels like to correctly engage your pelvic floor, and we will use this to enhance our pilates practice, improve the strength of our core muscles, and improve the quality of our lives.
Libby Mason - Pilates Practitioner, Retreat Facilitator