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Most of us have heard the term pelvic floor, but how many of us actually know what it does? The pelvic floor refers to the group of muscles at the base or bottom of the pelvis which span from the pubic bone in front of the tailbone and sacrum in the back. Pelvic floor muscles are skeletal muscles, meaning they have the same properties as your bicep, your hamstring, your abdominals, etc. You can (and should!) voluntarily contract and relax these muscles and engage them more deeply in more ways than one. And though both men and women should prioritize pelvic floor health, women need to pay extra close attention to this area during pregnancy and post-partum.
This bowl or sling-shaped group of muscles also plays an important role in maintaining bladder, bowel and sexual function. Keeping it strong can help maintain these functions and prevent things like pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
So, just how can you do that? First, you need to know what kind of pelvic floor you have. A pelvic floor therapist can do a pelvic floor evaluation. Knowing what kind of pelvic floor you have can help you choose what kind of exercises will be best for you. Then, finding a workout plan that offers you ways to properly engage your pelvic floor based on what you need is key.
The P.volve method offers that, and then some. P.volve focuses on body mechanics and functional movement to strengthen your entire body and every major muscle group. So much of the method is about connecting your mind to your muscle—feeling the deep muscle activation throughout your body or understanding how to turn on your pelvic floor muscles, for instance. These details, often lacking in fitness methods, are what’s needed for total-body awareness and sustainable results.
That can only come if the body is working as one, in-sync machine—and that starts with the core and pelvic floor muscles. There are two types of pelvic floors: hypertonic and hypotonic. If the pelvic floor is hypertonic, it means the pelvic floor muscles are too tight, which can lead to physical discomfort including sexual dysfunction. For those working with a pelvic floor that’s too tight, P.volve helps open the hips and focus on breathing to help reduce tension throughout the body.
If the pelvic floor is hypotonic, the pelvic floor muscles are too loose, which often happens after childbirth (specifically, vaginal birth.) This doesn’t necessarily mean that every woman who’s given birth will have a “loose pelvic floor”, but it does mean that women who fall in this category can look to certain exercises to help restore their pelvic floor functions. P.volve’s Pelvic Floor Strengthening Program is a good starting point for understanding how to achieve deep pelvic floor activation (as well as a good sweat) with a variety of specialized equipment.
During any workout, you might hear your trainer cue for the core—something like “Engage your lower abs!”, for instance. But what they’re not telling you is that this includes your pelvic floor, too. Every core muscle (back, abs, pelvic floor) needs to work in unison in order to achieve stability and balance throughout your entire body.
If you’re feeling any type of discomfort—pelvic pain, groin pain, if sex is painful for you, incontinence or a hard time peeing—be sure to consult your doctor for a pelvic floor examination done to rule out pelvic floor dysfunction. If you’re someone who’s just looking to get more out of their workouts, learning what type of pelvic floor you have can be the start of a whole new world of possibilities.
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