Donna Brooks is a somatic movement educator and therapist, Yogi, and embodied meditator who has 35 years of experience teaching, counseling and coaching in movement and the healing arts.

My Prolapse Story

Why am I teaching Yoga for the Pelvic Floor?

Despite many promises in the market place of “one size fits all” approaches to pelvic floor or movement health. The truth is that knowing both anatomical reality and our own bodies is the best way to make change.

It’s not easy for me to share my story.

I think by nature I am a private person. But telling about my situation may help you feel optimistic about your own challenges. 

When something is not right in your pelvic floor or pelvic organs...

I have a rectocele. That means a rectal prolapse. In my specific case, it has to do with both having an inverted uterus and carrying two full term pregnancies. It started showing up after childbirth (surprise!) but I ignored it. I was young!

How common is this??

The Australian Birth Trauma Association estimates 25% of 1st time birth mothers sustain damage in the pelvic floor and related tissue. While much damage heals on its own, what doesn’t heal worsens about 10%  per year each consecutive year. Subsequent births will inflict more damage on weakened tissue.

Of course, if I had has good pelvic floor PT and sophisticated body work that could rejuvenate layers of fascia (see six week intelligent muscle course) My prolapse could have been much minimized or avoided. But, despite two episiotomies, I was not offered the help I needed. 

When you can’t pretend everything is okay anymore…

No amounts of kugels, elevator lifts, glute exercises or pelvic diaphragm breathing can regenerate the fascia I stretched out! Nor do I need to correct my posture! 

The engagement of my fascia / connective tissue matrix improves every strain and weakness in your body and mine…

I can prevent my conditioning from worsening by paying careful attention to the fascia or connective tissue matrix and how it works in concert with my muscles.  Anyone and everyone can benefit by integrating fascia and muscle movement! It’s not just for prolapse. It’s what makes movement easy and fluid.

No matter who you are establishing intelligent muscle and fascia coordination will help you exercise with less strain, better recovery and prevent injury.

A healthy facia or healthy connective tissue matrix matrix is a fluid, three-dimensional elastic and supple layered webbing which gives our body natural flexibility, strength and absorption of strain patterns in our body.

Back the pelvic floor…

Before I leaned about my fascia connection, I did extensive research and consulted with many professionals on prolapse of the pelvic organs and the pelvic floor and diaphragm. It is because of everything I have learned and experimented with that I am  in position to help you make sense of your pelvic floor. So, if you are experiencing pelvic pain, prolapse, hip or sacral pain, diastis or just want to prevent problems please join me.

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