An online restorative class especially for women. Would you like to 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. Some people have recently dubbed a new phenomenon – the “pandemic pelvis”.
We know the pandemic has been a high-stress period, and that stress and anxiety can lead to a tightening of muscles. Some people clench their jaw, some their fists, and others their pelvic floor.
The problem is that tense muscles cannot do their job properly.
To help explain this, make a loose fist as if you were holding a small bouncy ball, 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 an open and relaxed hand?
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 to learn first is how to relax these intimate muscles.
This is often 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.
Loulou James is a Chartered Physiotherapist, yoga teacher, Advanced Arvigo® Practitioner (abdominal massage), Lifestyle Prescriptions® Health Coach, and designer of the Buttafly.
The class will incorporate the Buttafly Technique and guided meditation.
All are welcome, however, you will need to be able to lay on the floor – with cushions and support if need be.