If you’ve done any of my Pilates programmes you’ll have heard me say ‘engage your pelvic floor’ and many of my workouts start with a pelvic floor tilt.
Your pelvic floor may or may not be on your radar right now – but childbirth, genetic factors, chronic coughing, ageing and inactivity are among the common causes of weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles.
Once weakened, the pelvic floor can lead to problems like incontinence and in severe cases, a dropping of the organs into the pelvic muscles known as prolapse.
For both men and women, maintaining and strengthening the pelvic floor is vital. Pilates is an excellent exercise for strengthening the pelvic floor.
In my Pilates workouts, the pelvic floor muscles are used in their role as natural support for movement.
This firm and sustained engagement of the muscles, where you pull the pelvic floor in and up as part of exercises, can help reduce weaknesses and associated problems in that area.
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