Do you suffer from period pain, organ prolapse or other pelvic issues?
I recently held a workshop in Hobart, Tasmania on restoring pelvic health with Ortho-Bionomy. We discussed the cult of ‘core strength’, the myth of the ‘pelvic floor’ and why women (and men) should consider not doing pelvic floor ‘strengthening’ exercises. The pharmaceutical and surgical ‘solutions’ women are offered for pelvic pain and dysfunction can often make things worse or give only temporary relief. But restoring your natural pelvic alignment can bring long-term relief – I’ve seen this happen for many women, including myself.
Embrace your rounded belly to allow your pelvic organs to rest naturally in the pelvic ‘bowl’ to prevent or relieve period pain and other menstrual issues, stress incontinence, organ prolapse, even hormonal imbalance. Avoid the ‘flat belly’ obsession and get your real body back.
Begin with these simple techniques:
When you sit, sit on your ‘sit bones’. What are they? They’re the big bone in each of your buttocks. They form the base of your hip bones/pelvic are are made for taking your body weight – made for sitting on! If you’re sitting on your sit bones you’re not sitting on your little coccyx or tailbone – that’s what you sit on if you slouch backwards to curl your low spine backwards. Your tailbone wasn’t made for sitting on! You know this if you sit like that for a while – it hurts when you stand up. When you sit on the sit bones though, your spine can align itself above the solid foundation of your pelvis, and you’ll be able to sit more comfortably.
Next, try this: now that you’re sitting on your sit bones, begin to roll your hips (as if they were 2 wheels) forward as far as comfortable, then roll them backward as far as comfortable. Do this SLOWLY and carefully so that your nervous system pays attention to how you’re making the movement. Your head may go slightly up and down but your upper body shouldn’t move forward and back. Then gradually reduce the distance between the forward point and the backward point until you reach the centre, then sit still on that ‘centre point’ for a few seconds to recalibrate your body’s understanding of centre or balance.
It sometimes takes only a few sessions to relieve this pain and dysfunction and restore natural pelvic alignment. If you need help with these issues book a consultation with me – call 0422 266 190. And if you’re not in Melbourne, find your local Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner at ortho-bionomy.org.au to get help soon!