Whenever I start to talk to women about their pelvic floor they always say two things. “What IS the pelvic floor anyway?” and “I am doing kegals right now!”
Lets talk about the first question, what is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor are the muscles that support the pelvis and the pelvic organs. The pelvic organs include the; uterus, bladder, urethra, vagina, and rectum. That is a lot of important organs we need to stay put. So knowing how to activate AND relax our pelvic floor is really important!
There are a lot of analogies for the pelvic floor. My favorite one is, your pelvic floor is like a trampoline. The trampoline part you jump on is the fascia it can create tension and support. The muscles are the springs and the nerves is the mental ring, where everything connects.
Today lets talk about the springs, the muscles of the pelvic floor. Springs are dynamic they have a neutral position, they can expand and they can retract. So can our pelvic floor muscles. So when women tell me “I am doing kegals right now” that’s what they are doing they are tightening the springs. But do we need the spring tight ALL the time? What would happen to your trampoline springs if they were always tight? Our pelvic floor muscles need to return to their neutral position more then not. They also need to expand! Think about when you go the bathroom OR when you push out a baby!
Could you imagine having to push a baby out with super tight springs? So its also important to let our pelvic floor muscles bulge. So now that we know what our pelvic floor is and that its much more dynamic then just kegals, my challenge for you is to do the opposite of kegals. RELAX your pelvic floor. Notice it’s neutral position. Do anything BUT kegals. Start to be aware if you keep stress and tension there. You might find it harder to relax your pelvic floor more then it is to activate it.
So tell me do you ever notice tension in your pelvic floor?