We initially make sure the pelvic floor muscles are correctly recruited along with the abdominal cylinder, back and scapula muscles, encouraging ideal movement patterns. We may use mirrors, real-time ultrasound biofeedback, internal vaginal examination and or cognitive functional therapy. We want you to initially understand the correct motor control pattern of the pelvic floor muscles and how they interplay with the ‘core’ muscles of the abdomen, back and diaphragm. This session or sessions is referred to as Prep for Pilates.
Women can then partake in pelvic floor safe Pilates in our exercise studio either one on one or in groups. Our vision is all women enjoy pelvic floor fitness and optimal recruitment of spinal stability muscles for bladder, bowel and back health.
A new trend we have observed in the clinic is young women are preparing themselves for pregnancy. They find their sedentary computer based day job is having a negative impact on their postural muscles and feel disconnected to these deep muscles of which the pelvic floor muscle is one. They are concerned with this decreased mind body connection and ‘core’ tone could negatively impact on their physical health during pregnancy and beyond.