Ginger Daniels Movement Specialist
This week I'd like to tell you a few things you might not know about your pelvic floor. First off, in case you didn't know, your pelvic floor is a sling of muscles that attach from the front of your pubic bone and wrap under all the way to your tail bone. Exercising this area is important in order to keep the muscles in this region working properly for you. Just like any other muscle in your body, it is vital to keep both a strengthening and an equal ability to relax your pelvic floor.
Many people assume that only women who have had children need to work this area, or women who are older and losing bladder control, or that men don't need to do these exercises...All are false! Women and men of all ages, with or without children need to perform these exercises to maintain healthy control over this group of muscles.
While it is true that childbirth and surgeries involving the prostate, kidneys, or bladder are common reasons to start performing pelvic floor exercises, everyday living combined with possible weight problems or even lifting weights can cause these muscles to weaken.
The best way to get in touch with this area of your body is to sit in a chair and practice breathing. As you inhale, think of filling up your ribcage and relaxing the pelvic muscles around an imaginary jelly bean you are sitting on. As you exhale think of drawing your belly button in as you squeeze around that jelly bean, drawing it up towards your belly button. Practice this exercise for 10-20 reps for 2-3 consecutive sets a day and you will definitely begin to strengthen your pelvic floor for healthy control of your bladder and bowels as well as increasing your orgasmic potential and length of your orgasm... Who doesn't want that?!
With thoughtful love to you all,
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