Tag: pelvic floor

Have a Happy Pelvis

The more I learn about the pelvis (pl. pelves) the more I am impressed by it. If it was designed by a celestial designer, that designer would have been a genius engineer. But we know that the pelvis evolved throughout tens of thousands of years of bipedal behaviour in humans on earth, and nature shaped our pelvis to be the impressive part of the body that it is. No part of the body is perfect, where there are strengths there are also vulnerabilities. For example, our stomachs and abdominal visc

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Lifestyle Tips to Optimize Inner Thigh/Knee/Pelvic Health

You’ve been doing the V Sit/Legs on the Wall for a few weeks now. How do your knees and hips feel? Awesome right?! So how can you optimize these great effects and continue reaping the benefits of this stretch throughout your day-to-day activities? Here’s a few ideas to help you out. Everything that applies to the calf/knee applies here - because some structures of both the upper and lower leg cross the knee, having a knee straight more often will help. reduce the heels - both the

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Anatomy of the Inner Thigh Stretch

The Adductors are a group of inner thigh muscles. They are called that because their most obvious job is to adduct (pull in towards the midline) the leg. Like most basic anatomy, that is simplistic. They run from the pelvis down the inside of your thigh to the knee (some above, two at or below) and are associated with, and affect, the pelvis, hip and knee. You might have been doing exercises that ostensibly strengthen this muscle group at the gym on an adductor machine, where you sit, legs st

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Legs-on-the-Wall for Pelvic Floor/Adductor Stretch

Since it’s Spring, and the birds and bees are starting to do their thing, I thought I’d turn our attention from the foot and lower leg to the pelvic floor. Everyone needs a strong, supple, functioning pelvic floor. It comes in very handy for so many of our needs. Both male and female of the species need a functioning pelvic floor. As a matter of fact, you could say the future of our species depends on it! This is another double-whammy exercise. This one will help your knees, hips and pelv

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Developing a Prenatal Practice

I'm about to embark on my first prenatal class! I feel confident in my abilities to address a pregnant clientele - for one thing I am a mother and have gone through it all two times. My daughters are now 23 and 26 (how did that happen!?) but I remember well both the challenges and the joys. More recently of course, I have been studying loads and forces as part of my Restorative Exercise™ work - and it's not a very romantic way to think of a developing baby - but it is a load! So it's not th

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Clamshells my ass!

There's an article in the September Issue (Vogue baby!) called "The Bottom Line" that is all about, well, bottoms. Apparently, the "trifecta of hindquarterly perfection" of Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez are inspiring women the world over to want a bigger, rounder tushes. Canadian spine bio-mechanist Stuart McGill is consulted and along with clamshells and bridges, he advises to squeeze the glutes at red lights for example: "You have to remember, whenever possible, to squeeze ro

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Feet and the Pelvic Floor

I just finished another foot workshop. I love doing them because they are literally your foundation and also the foundation of all the work that follows, typically the pelvic floor. So yes, next up is a pelvic floor workshop (my second!). I thought I'd write a post about how feet and the pelvic floor are related, and why you can't really address one without the other. Let's establish some very basic anatomical details: 1. Your hip joint is made up of the ball and socket of the femur and the

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