Did you know that 2 out of 3 women will struggle with incontinence at some point in their life? Of those, only one quarter will seek professional help for the problem, and more than half will continue to suffer more than 5 years post childbirth.
If the problem is so common, why is it so taboo? And, more worryingly, why are there so few resources available to support women?
Like all pelvic floor issues, incontinence requires a holistic approach to healing, yet many women are told to ‘do their Kegels’ with little further explanation.
But what if Kegels are compounding the problem?
What if your pelvic floor really needs release work, rather than the tightening work of a Kegels squeeze?
Like all support systems in our body, the pelvic floor is not one isolated muscle, but rather a network of muscles. This interwoven network is designed to support everything that sits on top of it (including the whole weight of the spine and the pelvic organs); stabilise the pelvis; facilitate movement such walking; enable evacuation and withstand pressure from everyday tasks such as coughing, lifting, sneezing and jumping.
For any group of muscles to work efficiently, they require just the right amount of tensions, mobility and strength. They need to be able to tighten when necessary, but also to release and soften when necessary. In the same way that a catapult needs to be able to stretch to propel an object, our pelvic floor muscles need to be able to yield, lengthen and recoil back every time we move. When you add impact such as running, jumping on a trampoline, to a tense and tight pelvic floor, the inability for the muscles to yield can create leaking. Muscles that are tense can create issues such as painful sex, back ache and even pelvic organ prolapse.
Wouldn’t it be great if our everyday movements such as climbing, squatting or waking were enough to train our pelvic floor correctly?
Imagine if something as natural as breathing was enough to tone your pelvic floor.
The reality is, this synergy between our posture, our everyday movement and our breath are all crucial elements in pelvic floor wellness. Each of these elements make up the foundations of the world-renowned core rehabilitation programme, Restore Your Core™️.
Restore Your Core™️ is a whole body exercise programme aimed at building strength and function in the core and pelvic floor. Followed online by more than 10,000 women worldwide – from new mums to athletes – the programme takes an holistic approach to core healing and wellness.
In January 2020, Restore Your Core will come to Harrogate for the first time. Classes will take place on Tuesday mornings, 10-11.30am at Pure Physio.
This 6 week, in-person course runs from 28 January – 10 March, with a week off on 18 February for half-term. During the course we will incorporate a range of elements to help you take charge of your healing, including:
-yoga and Pilates based exercises to build strength and stability in the body;
-breathing practices to tone the pelvic floor and enable it to work more reflexively;
-exercises to improve overall posture and alignment, so the core can work as it should;
-practice videos so you can keep up the good work in your own time;
-strategies for optimising, rather the compromising, pelvic floor wellness in other activities, from running to walking; weight training to sneezing’
-tools to educate, inform and empower you to take your healing into your own hands;
Taught by RYC®️ Director of Education, Louisa Thomas, this course will offer a supportive and nurturing environment to learn, move, strengthen and heal. Louisa is a long-time teacher of yoga and Pilates, and is a mum of 3. After being diagnosed with diastasis-recti following the birth of her second child, Louisa was told surgery was her only option for recovery. Determined to find a holistic approach, Louisa discovered RYC and worked diligently through the online programme, watching her diastasis reduce from 5 fingers wide to just 2 in 3 months. Now fully healed, Louisa teaches RYC classes, workshops, educational events and teacher training courses worldwide. She is passionate about informing and empowering women to take their healing into their own hands.
For more information about RYC in Harrogate, contact Louisa Thomas via her website by clicking here