Can I let you in on a little secret? I am a hot mess right now. This perimenopause business is no joke! I used to be able to remember everything. Phone numbers, important dates, tasks that I needed to do, my husband's or kids event schedule...my brain just had a way of organizing it. No more. Suddenly, almost over night it seems, my mental file cabinet and planner has turned into a messy pile of papers written in a jibberish.
Y'all have heard of the term mummy tummy, right? Well, let's talk a little about what that really is and some of the less talked about implications of this condition. Clinically referred to as Diastasis Recti Abdominis, or DRA for short, this mummy tummy is more than just a saggy belly with a pooch that makes swimsuit shopping a special form of torture. It is, at the core (no pun intended), a sign of potentially significant dysfunction in the structure and/or
"I love what I do!" How many of you can honestly say that? Do you dread going to work each day or do you gain energy from the work that you do? Now, don't get me wrong. I am not sitting here thinking that there aren't things I would never change about my work and some days are really hard. But for an overwhelming majority of days, I truly love what I do. I love getting to come alongside women
We are wrapping up our series on functional exercises, not kegels, that can help to activate and strengthen the pelvic floor. We talked all about breathing appropriately, we have talked about using squats (a personal favorite) for igniting activity in the pelvic floor muscles, and today we continue with another favorite...LUNGES! Remember, the whole reason we are talking about these other exercises for improving pelvic floor function is that the pelvic floor isn't designed to work in isolation. When you
For years, maybe even decades, the best (and maybe only) exercise suggested to ladies dealing with incontinence and pelvic floor weakness has been the kegel. A concentric contraction of the muscles running from the pubic symphysis (front of the pelvis) to the coccyx and sacrum (in the back of the pelvis), a kegel should create a squeeze and lift of the those muscles to, in theory, provide organ support and sphincter control. Collectively, the muscles are known as the pelvic floor. In fact, the
Are you ready to step into another week of learning. This week is mini blog post about some elements other than a kegel, that are necessary for a healthy pelvic floor. Like I suggested last week in my intro post, your breath is one of those elements. It goes beyond just breathing in and out. But really has more to do with how your are coordinating your breath with activity, utilizing the correct muscles to assist with inhale and exhale and