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Rest & Restore Your Pelvic Floor
21 May @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm£50.00
A half-day mini-retreat with live music especially for women. Enjoy chilling out while learning something every woman should know – how to relax her pelvic floor.
Maybe you have had problems for a while or started complaining of pelvic floor issues during the pandemic. Recently, some people have dubbed this phenomenon the “pandemic pelvis”.
We know the pandemic has been a high-stress period, and stress and anxiety can lead to a tightening of the pelvic floor muscles in much the same way as some people clench their jaw when stressed. The muscles we’re talking about are designed for movement i.e. they contract to perform a movement and then relax. Think, on-off-on-off.
Tense muscles that are in a high, semi-contracted state more or less all the time cannot do their job properly. To help explain this, make a loose fist as you read this to replicate your pelvic floor, then imagine that you’re going to laugh or cough or sneeze and tighten your fist fully. Can you see how there is far less way to go than when the starting point is a relaxed fist? This is just like a tense pelvic floor.
Alongside dysfunction, the muscles can become painful, so much so that symptoms start to be felt in the low back, belly, groin, buttocks, and/or hips.
Signs that something is amiss often start with stress incontinence – leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, exercising, or sudden movement; also urinary urgency – when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go! Other signs include difficulty emptying the bladder or bowels and feeling pressure or pain in the pelvic or vaginal area including during intercourse.
While knowing how to effectively strengthen the pelvic floor is super important, for many women what they need is to learn how to relax these intimate muscles.
This is easier than it sounds. Habitual contraction of a muscle doesn’t stop just because you wish it to be so. It takes specific treatment and conscious – one could say active relaxation. This is the focus of this class.
This mini-retreat is led by Loulou James, designer of the Buttafly, Chartered Physiotherapist, yoga teacher, Advanced Arvigo® Practitioner (abdominal massage), and Lifestyle Prescriptions® Health Coach.
Live handpan and flute music will be played by Cloudsong.
All are welcome, however, you will need to be able to lay on the floor – with cushions and support if need be. No experience of yoga is necessary.
- Yoga Mat
- Hand towel
- Blanket (ideally a nice heavy cotton or wool blanket)
Please arrive by 9.15 am for a prompt start at 9.30 am, thank you.