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Yoga, Pilates and the Pelvic FloorBy Carrie Levine, CNM, MSN Posted 20-Feb-2015

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It’s hard for some women to imagine the pelvic floor, let alone their core. The core is considered the midsection of your body, from the groin to the shoulders. The muscle groups included in your core lie deep within the body and include the pelvic, abdominal, back and chest muscles. These muscles attach to the spine, pelvis and scapulae and provide the foundation for all other movement. They also offer balance, stability, and flexibility to the rest of your body.

Traditional core-strengthening exercises include push-ups and crunches. But many people have come more recently to associate core strength training with Pilates. This style of exercise focuses on strengthening the core or “powerhouse” and fusing the mind and body to create balance and grace in movement. We’ve seen many women at the clinic who have built tremendous strength in the pelvic floor through the practice of Pilates. Yoga also offers many core-strength postures specific to the pelvic floor, particularly the mula bandha. Mula means “root,” and bandha means “lock” or “bonding.” Mula bandha is often described as an internal lift that involves the drawing in and up of the pelvic floor. Yogis employ this root lock in many postures.

Practicing mula bandha cuts through brahma granthi, the energetic knot of resistance to change. As we begin transitioning to perimenopause and menopause, we can prepare our bodies by practicing mula bandha and other core-strengthening exercises. By physically strengthening your pelvic floor, an essential piece of your core, you can increase your openness to this significant transition in your body. The pelvic floor is energetically tied to the base or root chakra, known as our “energy center,” and is represented by the color red. This root chakra, called muladhara chakra, represents the stage of consciousness wherein basic survival needs dominate. If you are having pelvic floor issues, you may benefit from contemplating whether your basic needs, such as food, water, shelter and love, are being met.


Reposted : http://www.womentowomen.com/urinaryincontinence/pelvicfloorhealth.aspx


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