What a title for a Friday evening hey?
Two weeks ago I went on the most fabulous course run by the lovely Louise Field who runs & owns ‘Adore Your Pelvic Floor’ A triumphant course developed from the heart. Louise established and accredited her course by suffering personally with the birth of her twins and felt compelled not only to tell others but to go one step further and TEACH!
So here I was, Saturday afternoon having engaged my pelvic floor all morning on my way to the course wondering if Louise would tell me I’d been doing it wrong all along and I’d feel substandard. On the contrary, Louise opened my eyes and engaged me as soon as I stepped through the door by emblazoning us with her smile and knowledgeably informing us that not only people who’ve had babies suffer from Pelvic floor conditions.
I was absolutely flabbergasted to learn that I’d been so naive, here was someone setting me straight within 10 minutes of arriving. Powerful words and experiences were to follow.
It is absolutely essential that fitness professionals have training in Pelvic Floor awareness given the Bladder and Bowel Foundation believe that around 14 million people suffer with some form of issue and takes an average of 7 YEARS for most to come around to seeing a professional about it. It’s a sensitive subject to most, but only because we don’t talk about it nor are we trained to treat it. If by now I’ve lost you because you don’t know what your Pelvic Floor is, be informed that is the group of highly tuned muscles that work together at the base of our spine and pelvis essentially to 1) hold in our organs 2) assist with breathing and 3) aid the passing of waste and birthing of babies. Everyone has one, even men! But what happens we take its strength for granted?
There are many reasons for suffering from Pelvic Floor issues, below are a few examples:
So many questions right? Some that were wurring around my head when Louise started the course included:
Well in steps Louise’ infinite knowledge gained from extensive work with a Women’s Health Physio (WHP). Did you know that an hour with a WHP would cost around £70 and could be invaluable to finding out the strength of your pelvic floor group. That’s the same as many of us spend on a meal out, sadly a pair of trainers or for some chocolate and wine for a month. I now know which I’d prefer – the chocolate and wine…. joke!
To do this infinitely important group justice I am going to tackle the issue in three stages:
Prevention: simple ways to stop yourself from encountering a problem in the first place;
Maintenance: you’ve found it, its strong, now lets keep it there;
Repair: if you are unfortunate enough to bypass weakness and go straight to prolapse then you need support. There are different stages but each are equally important to repair. There are many things you can do to help, including:
Louise informed me at the end of the course that I had correctly identified my pelvic floor and I’d passed the course with flying colours – phew!
Now I am off to pass on this knowledge to my clients and other interested individuals. My main take away however is having a weak pelvic floor is not normal nor should you accept it. There are ways to help yourself and other ways to let others help you. Don’t suffer in silence – talk!
Check out our Pre & Post Natal training which includes Pelvic Floor awareness