There’s nothing more satisfying than feeling strong and energised after your mat Pilates class knowing that you’ve taken the time to strengthen and tone your body – chances are you’ll also feel it in your body the next day! One of the benefits of Pilates which you may not have noticed is the positive impact it can have on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Today, we’ll be looking at just how important it is to keep your pelvic floor strong.
What is the pelvic floor?
Your pelvic floor is a layer of muscles and ligaments which are located between the legs and act as the foundation of the core muscles of the body. It extends from your pubic bone around to the base of your pelvis and has the important job of supporting your pelvic organs. Your pelvic floor also helps activate your deeper abdominal muscles and works to stabilise and support the spine. When your pelvic floor is weak, it can lead to muscular imbalance and back pain as well as more serious issues such as incontinence and prolapse. The pelvic floor muscles are weak in many people, particularly following pregnancy and childbirth, and it’s important that you target your pelvic floor muscles consistently.
How Pilates can help the pelvic floor?
Pilates has a strong focus on keeping your pelvic floor muscles lifted throughout the class and concentrates on working the deep, inner core muscles. Your regular Pilates practice can help you find the connection with your pelvic floor muscles so you can strengthen them more effectively and the various exercises will work the muscle group which makes up the pelvic floor. It’s important the you learn how to properly contract, lift and tighten your pelvic floor muscles, as well as remembering to relax and soften them, and Pilates will teach you the correct techniques. Without proper guidance, it’s easy to do damage to your pelvic floor by placing unnecessary strain on the muscles by carrying out exercises which bear down rather than focusing on lifting. Remember, pelvic floor strength isn’t just important for women – men need to work their pelvic floors too!
If your pelvic floor is weak, Pilates could be the perfect solution for you. Mention to your teacher that you want to target these muscles and they will often be able to give you specific exercises to practice at home. If you need extra support to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, clinical Pilates may be indicated for an individualised treatment plan so you can more effectively repair and strengthen these muscles.
KĀYA Health Clubs provide genuine mat Pilates in Melbourne with a focus on precision of movement to achieve optimal results. Our teachers have experience working with all levels and provide modifications as necessary so you get the most out of your classes. We also offer complimentary Pilates introduction courses to our members so you can learn more about the correct technique to enhance your practice.