Throw back to 3 weeks ago where our community of Narembeen was super lucky to have an award winning presenter here to hold a workshop educating us all about improving and taking care of our Pelvic Floor muscles!
I am super proud to say that I got Marietta Mehanni all the way over from the East Coast!
Marietta delivered an outstanding seminar that for a topic that isn't so exciting, she made it interesting and entertaining. Using imagery and videos between information delivery she kept us all very engaged and much more aware of this area of the body.
Now some may think that this is considered a women's only problem but Marietta strongly iterated to us all that men still need to be aware of this muscle group within them. Men that suffer from stress incontinence, frequent need to urinate or poor bowel control need to address this through strengthening their pelvic floor.
So what is the pelvic floor?
According to Pelvic Floor First Australia it is "the base of the group of muscles commonly referred to as your 'core'. These muscles play an important role in bladder and bowel control and sexual sensation"
Common signs that can indicate a pelvic floor problem are:
- accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze
- needing to get to the toilet in a hurry or not making it there in time
- constantly needing to go to the toilet
- finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
- accidentally losing control of your bowel
- accidentally passing wind
- a prolapse (pressure, bulging or discomfort in the pelvic area)
- pain in your pelvic area or painful sex
One of the most important points Marietta stressed to us all was that ANY amount of leakage is NOT NORMAL
Even the slightest amount is considered a problem and must be addressed
What was also interesting to note was that some pelvic floor issues don't even stem from the pelvic area itself but from the back. People that have had back issues, pain or trauma can sometimes continue to have this until they strengthen their pelvic floor muscles
According to Pelvic Floor First Australia the people most at risk of Pelvic Floor problems are:
- pregnant women
- women who have recently, or ever had a baby
- women who are going through, or have gone through, Menopause
- women who have undergone gynaecological surgery such as a hysterectomy
- anyone who performs high intensity exercises on a regular basis that includes running and jumping
- men who have undergone surgery for prostate cancer
- elite athletes such as runners, gymnasts or trampolinists
There are many techniques that you can learn to improve this muscle group and it doesn't have to take a long time. Even if you think you don't have an issue this is an area of the body that will need attention especially as you age.
Marietta took us through quite a few different techniques using several ways of cuing to perform the exercises correctly. It is important to note that when performed incorrectly you are unfortunately doing more harm than good. So it is super important to get it right!
If you would like to know more I have plenty of extra information handouts available at the gym.
Alternatively, if you would like a refresher or to learn the techniques we were taught on the night please feel free to contact me and arrange a personal session with me.
I am happy to arrange a small group session to refresh the content if I have enough interest.
Thank you to all of those that attended and supported the event I really appreciated your being there and am so happy that I could provide this wonderful presenter to you!
Marietta and I before the start of the workshop