But this was not enough!
The more I understood how the pelvic floor reacts with breath, posture, movement and load, the more I felt as an industry we were not giving the service to our clients they deserved. Accompanied with the huge amount of pelvic issues that are presented to women and men, I felt compelled to reach out to the fitness industry.
Is this the fault of the fitness professional?… Well, no it isn’t because we have not been given the education!
It’s not just this industry that doesn’t acknowledge this ‘forgotten’ group of muscles. Many health professionals one would assume have knowledge in this area have little if any at all.
Why is this so? I really cannot give you an answer, if I did it would become a huge debate in itself!
All I do know is that I had to try to do something. To get some education out there – to the professionals in my industry.
Posture, breath and movement are vital in pelvic health and as Fitness Professionals that is everything we teach. We also meet a huge amount of the public every week, so we are in the perfect position to evangelise pelvic health.
The numbers of issues surrounding the pelvic floor are rising, and yet 80% of pelvic health issues can be restored. Simple education and strategies with local resources can change someone’s life – confidence, dignity and freedom.
THIS is why Adore Your Pelvic Floor was born
The Pelvic Floor Awareness Workshop is accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals and it is endorsed by Specialist Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapists. It is a training day to gain knowledge in how the pelvic floor group reacts to movement and how we can protect and strengthen whilst using tools to recognise hypo/hypertonicity red flags that possibly show up in our PARQ’s or our client’s technique and training styles.
The trend is to work hard core, which is fine – If it is suitable to the client.
But trends often don’t work to suitability.
The client is enthusiastic, keen and wants results but are they in touch with their pelvic floor group?
This applies to every type of exercise undertaken from High Intensity classes to Yoga. The pelvic floor group directly takes load with every movement.
Yes the pelvic floor naturally reacts and is supportive in action if it is flexible, with good resting tone and strength, but we know at least 1 in 3 are not in this position.