Believe it or not, pelvic floor exercise isn’t just for women who have pelvic floor dysfunction! The correct movement and function of our pelvic floors make life enjoyable. Your pelvic floor movements should coordinate with your hips and knees for smoother easier walking, they help you attain and enjoy orgasm, your pelvic floor movement can help relieve sacral and lower back pain.
The Key to Pelvic Floor Exercise is to understand some basic operating principles about your Pelvic Floor.
The boney markers of your pelvic floor – your sitz bones, tailbone and pubic bones provide an easy map to create movement with. Take the area between your tailbone and pubic bone. Have you ever tried to gently shorten that space by bringing the pubis and tail closer together? T
his is. wonderful and simple pelvic floor exercise. As you do it you may feel your rectus abdomens ( six pack ab muscle) become activated as well. Along with strengthening this “front to back” musculature, you will be integrating core strength. This is a very good practice for improving efficacy of kegels and getting into muscles near your pubic bones that can help with orgasm.
Pelvic Floor Exercise can be done while you walk!
Next, experience your sitz bones. As you walk, can you see that one moves in front of the other? The sitz bones give us. a clue to the diagonal movement needed in the pelvic floor. For fun, try sitting on your but and walk forward via your sit bones. Is one side harder than the other? You may have an imbalance in this diagonal function and that could be hurting not only your pelvic floor but your hips and back!
Pelvic Floor Exercise means you use your sphincters!
Okay, we all know there are special actions for holding in pee and poop. We also know we can grip at our vaginas making them tighter. But, did you know you can train these sphincters? It can be kind of musical. Like everything else in your body, they can be too loose or too tight.
I like to think of the sphincters as Kleenex. Of course, they are muscular so they aren’t that light. But play with lightness can help us locate and lift them. Try gathering them gently but firmly and then letting them float open.
Watch this short video on the sphincters!
Of course, if you are not having problems you don’t need to work with these sphincters. And, on the other hand, sphincters can also related to tension in your jaw, moth and eyes so feel free to investigate with curiosity and see how one body part can positively or negative affect another. It’s the smooth connection of one part ot all others that let’s our movement be easy and yet supportive.