It's something we don't even realize we are doing until we draw awareness to it. There are many reasons we do it:
What are some issues caused by tension in the pelvic floor?
So what's a gal (or guy!) to do?
Relax it. Simple? Except not. Becoming aware of the tendency to clench is the first step in relaxing it. Standing around- am I in a kegel right now? Oh- yep, I am. Okay, relax. Watching TV in a kegel? Relax it. Talking on the phone with your mom and tensing it up again? Alright, no biggie. Relax it. You'll notice that the more you consciously relax it, the more it become your new normal. Note relax it does not mean to *push it down.* It just means to release unnecessary tension.
Try this release.
Find something this size and relatively squishy. Some people do okay with a tennis ball, but it may be too firm and intense, so I think something more squishy like this is great. Amazon link <---not affiliate link and I have not tried this product yet, just ordered! No the release is not the hand squeeze, but I posted that so you could see about the size that we are going for.
Release with a ball:
I'm gonna do a facebook Live on this release soon, in the One Strong Mama group. I make no promises until next week as this week is SPRING BREAK.
Learn how to move your body better.
There is much that could be talked about when discussing a tight pelvic floor. That's why blogging is hard! I want to talk about squatting, squat prep, walking/gait mechanics, hip extension, and on and on and on. I always feel like I need to leave the disclaimer *but there's more too it than this.* Perhaps it's implied, but perhaps not. So here's that disclaimer. I highly encourage you to seek out a movement specialist, or try out my new online program if you're pregnant. It will release in May!
Wait.... what online program?? Did you know that I have an ONLINE prenatal program coming out in May?! It's so comprehensive! Exercise and SO MUCH MORE. I welcome you to join the online community associated with the program that I just mentioned about: One Strong Mama. I have been spending the majority of my online time in that group answering questions, Facebook live-ing (is that a word?), etc. I am really proud of the program and I think you (and your clients) are going to really love it and get a lot of benefit out of it.
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Mama Aligned is Lindsay McCoy.