What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a thick, sling shaped group of muscles located at the base of the pelvis that span from the tailbone (coccyx) to the pubic bone. It is a group of muscles that can be consciously controlled and exercised just like any other voluntary muscle in the body.
Why is it so important?
A balanced pelvic floor is one that you can control to switch on and off throughout movement and breath. A connected and strong pelvic floor helps to support your organs, control your breathing, increase your sex drive and correct your posture.
Exercise and the pelvic floor
It is best to work with a specialist (Pilates or Physio) who can assist you in the correct exercises and movements for pelvic floor. It is highly recommended that you have good functioning pelvic floor before undergoing more intense exercise like long walks, running, weight and strength training.
Pelvic Floor Exercise (Lift & Hold)
You can try this exercise to work on your pelvic floor:
Written by: Tenille Samuelson
Tenille is a qualified Yoga and Pilates Instructor. Over the past 10 years Tenille has operated her own Pilates and Wellness studio with a passion for women’s health. Providing guidance to many women through fertility, pregnancy (pre and post-natal) and supporting women after traumatic birth experiences.