Exploring the Connection: Pilates and the Pelvic Floor
Have you ever wondered about the intricate relationship between Pilates and the pelvic floor? As we delve into the world of fitness, it’s fascinating to uncover the profound impact Pilates can have on this crucial yet delicate part of our anatomy.
Among my Pilates clients I have had many women speak to me about this very personal subject. It affects so many people, no matter the stage of life. Have you ever noticed how many commercials there are for incontinence pads? This is a real thing!
The pelvic floor, a group of muscles resembling a hammock that support the pelvic organs, plays a vital role in maintaining bodily functions and stability. Pilates, a holistic exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates, emphasizes core strength, flexibility and overall body awareness. It is this unique approach to fitness that makes Pilates a key player in promoting a healthy pelvic floor!
Picture a tree with strong roots – that’s your body with a resilient pelvic floor. Pilates encourages a thoughtful connection to the deep-seated internal muscular and respiratory systems. Exploring diaphragmatic breathing, which stimulates the pelvic floor, gives us th
e tools we need for stability and balance within the body.
A well-conditioned pelvis floor not only prevents incontinence or prolapse, it improves our posture and alignment while reducing low back discomfort. Many people with low back pain may not even know their inner core is weak. Pilates addresses all of these issues.
This is another invitation to understanding the intricate connections of our bodies and how Pilates can contribute to our overall health. As a woman going through hormonal changes I’ve personally experience the power Pilates has on strengthening the mind and body connection. Although, pelvic floor issues are not openly discussed, it is a common issue many women and men are dealing with!
Interested in learning more? Stay tuned for details about a workshop coming to you in the New Year, focused specifically on Pilates and the pelvic floor. In the meantime as your Pilates teacher and coach, a private session can provide you with a fascinating blend of abdominal strength and a safe space to discuss some of life’s most embarrassing moments.
As we roll out our mats and work on our bodies, what we are strengthening moves us
beyond the physical and deepens our mental focus. Flexing the muscles of the body and the mind, for a comprehensive approach to health and wellness!