This is a woman that feared telling ANYONE about her diagnosis for fear they would be uncomfortable, assume the worst, conduct a Google image search and then assume that my body looked like the horrifying images they saw.Read More
In the same way that your minimal shoes are helping you to resurrect the muscles in your feet, and your primal diet is restoring your gut and brain function, these three steps to discovering your primal pelvic floor are (Plus my DPPF Program) are going to get your pelvic floor back online, more akin to the pelvic floors of our ancestors and, give you an overall better quality of life.Read More
I 100% DO NOT believe in rules and formulas when it comes to working with the pelvic floor.
There are some very helpful guidelines and effective strategies for dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction and related injuries, but I will tell you that EVERY CLIENT I SEE IN-PERSON OR ONLINE presents with pelvic floor issues slightly differently and therefore we tailor their programming to their unique problems.
I first began to work with female athletes in 2004, they were high school track athletes.
Two days into the job, I realized how much our fitness and athletic performance is tied to our unique female anatomy and how being one of the only female coaches was going to mean I better have some tampons and pads handy 24/7.
We have told women that being and looking "fit" during pregnancy is of utmost importance.
We shame women that gain "too much" weight (whatever that means) and or don't exercise during pregnancy.
We revere women that remain relatively thin and active during pregnancy.
So today I feel that it's important for me as a mom, as a woman and as a trainer to make 3 very important points about the journey into motherhood and I'll tell you a bit about how I came to form these opinions.
Well, pubic hair is basically like eyebrows and eyelashes for your vagina.
Like the eye, the vaginal canal is a sensitive part of the body open to the outside world!
It is susceptible to invasion and infection by bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoans.
As a moist environment with mucosa-lined membranes, it can provide the exact niche preferred by some of these foreign invaders.
The coarseness and shape of the hair makes it easier to trap foreign particles like dust, pollen, pathogenic bacteria....
So if you're like me, you might be thinking, "Ok, but is that still necessary in the modern era? How likely is it that foreign particles are going to get into my Lululemon leggings that I can barely get into myself?"
So while we aren't necessarily sure of the exact mechanism by which state of a person's metabolism and gut is going to play a role in the health of their pelvic floor and their risk for pelvic organ prolapse.
Most of these actions can be really helpful at getting us results BUT many popular versions of these changes, negatively impact the metabolism by changing the landscape of the gut microbiome which results in digestive distress, increased appetite and weight gain.Read More
One FREQUENT complaint in pregnancy and early postpartum is digestion.
Physical changes to the shape of our bodies, babies encroaching on our abdominal contents, hormones, cravings, irregular sleep schedules and voracious appetites have us in many ways eating and living in a TOTALLY new and different way!
But we aren’t all given the tools (or courage) required to engage in conversations that help us determine when a client’s body, particularly their pelvic floor, is not responding well to training.
How often is a coach saying to their client:
“We’re working on clean and jerks today, but you need to be honest with me and with yourself if at any point you begin leaking anything (fecal or urine), experiences low back pain, tailbone pain, pelvic pressure or the frequent urge to urinate during or after our workouts,” ???