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Pelvic Floor Relaxation

July 14, 2020


Pelvic Floor Relaxation: 

Relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles is an important part of healthy muscle function. The pelvic floor has a unique ability to lengthen while the muscles relax to open the holes (urethra, rectum and vagina when applicable) in the pelvic floor. 

This should happen with: 

  • Urinating

  • Having a bowel movement

  • Delivering a baby vaginally

  • Sexual arousal 

Signs/symptoms that may indicate benefit of practicing specific pelvic floor relaxation include:

  • Constipation

  • Pelvic pain 

  • Pain with the use of a tampon or gyn exam

  • Pain with intercourse

  • Rectal pain

  • Urinary frequency/urgency

Other reasons to practice pelvic floor relaxation:

  • Preparing for labor and delivery in the 3rd trimester.

  • To promote general body awareness.

  • After a long run or endurance workout.

  • If you feel you are constantly holding tension or stressed.

  • Sometimes if you are experiencing pelvic heaviness and it is not relieved by kegels or pelvic floor contractions/strengthening. 

Way to help pelvic floor relax:

  • Vocalizing low pitch sounds such as “HAAA”, “OHMM”, “HUUMM”.

  • Relaxing any tension in your jaw.

  • Inhaling and letting ribs and abdomen expand as you imagine your pelvic floor muscles gently moving down away from your body. 

  • Imagine you had a balloon in your pelvis and as you inhale the balloon (your pelvic floor muscles) gently expand out and down.

Stretches/positions to help relax the pelvic floor:

  • Deep squat

  • Happy baby

  • Laying on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees, knees bent and knocked in to rest on one another

  • Child’s pose

  • Laying on your back, knees bent with feet resting on a couch or chair, gentle press your thighs into your hands without moving

Spend 2-5 minutes in each position while focusing on your breathing and find where you are able to feel the most relaxation around the vaginal opening or anus.

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