Pelvic floor muscle movement with breath

Pelvic floor muscle movement with breath

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Hi! I’m Dustienne. Let’s have a chat about what happens naturally
when we inhale and exhale from the perspective of the diaphragm and the pelvic floor. Here is my dear friend Penelope. She will demonstrate the pelvic floor perspective
and if you can visualize on top up here is the diaphragm. It’s shaped like a dome, jellyfish, umbrella. As we inhale, that will flatten down toward
the feet, that will press down on the pelvic and abdominal organs, and allow the pelvic
floor to release towards the feet. As we exhale, the pelvic floor will come back
up and then the diaphragm will also come back up. So if we use this natural movement to either
enhance relaxation or enhance contraction. So if I’m working with somebody with pelvic
pain, back pain, hip pain and we wanted to practice relaxing the pelvic floor, what we
would focus on from a visualization perspective is during the inhalation, we can imagine the
pelvic floor is releasing. If I wanted to work on somebody who was trying
to increase coordination of the pelvic floor muscles to contract then we could ask that
person to visualize or practice the contraction on the exhalation. So we would inhale and release and then exhale
and contract the pelvic floor. That of course we could also tie into the
abdominals that work at the same time as the pelvic floor. So, this is a nice retraining tool. We know that we walk around using our diaphragm,
using our pelvic floor independent of if we’re inhaling or exhaling, but this is another
way to increase motor control and increase awareness about what is happening naturally
at the pelvic floor and perhaps use this as a visualization to help increase relaxation. I hope you found this helpful! Have a lovely day.

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