Here I am pictured six months after I had my second baby. At this point I thought that I would not get to enjoy my boys growing up as an active mum. At the point this photo was taken I was needing to pee every 10 minutes and people were constantly asking me when my baby was due. I wasn’t a happy person. I had always wanted to have children but I had (like so many other women) walked in to this whole birth thing with no idea of the catastrophic mess that childbirth can and does have on women every single day. I had no idea about prolapse of diastasis and incontinence and lack of sexual appetite. I was blissfully unaware.
This photo was taken at Sally Scots studio just before I tried Hypopressives for the first time. It had not been an easy choice to go see her – drive for 40 minutes there- pay money for a method that I heard about but wasn’t sure would work.
This was the start of my journey with Hypopressives and little did I know my journey back to me and to that life I had dreamt about as an active and outgoing mum of two boys.
From the picture you can see the relationship between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor. If you utilise this connection properly you can be working and strengthening your core and pelvic floor throughout your whole day! Let me break it down for you:Many of us with our busy lives and the stress of money and the limited time we perceive that we have despite the technology that we now own that was supposed to allow us more time and freedom – which ultimately has tied us down more (but that’s for another rant at another time!!) – have forgotten how to breathe and use our rib cage and lungs properly.
If I were to ask you to take time out now – lie down on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor and breathe, how do you do it? Do you:
Inhale through your mouth and exhale through it?
Inhale into your tummy?
Inhale into your upper chest?
Move your shoulders?
Inhale through your nose?
I would like you to think about your anatomy – If you look at the picture you can see that your rib cage is like the bellows that house your lungs – it follows that if you open and close your ribs you will allow more space for your lungs to inflate – you will also notice that your rib cage is not only at the front of your body!
Now after reading this next bit I’d like you to have a try at breathing again – in the same supine (on your back) position as you tried before!
Inhale slowly through your nose – it is a design point – if you breathe through your nose – the hairs in your nose send all sorts of important information to your brain – like temperature, oxygen mix….and much, much more
Put your hands round your rib cage with your fingers pointing to the front and your thumbs feeling the back – as you inhale you are going to push your hands at the side of your body and out of your back with your ribs – inflating your own carefully designed bellows
As you do this your diaphragm stretches out across the bottom of your ribs – allowing your pelvic floor to relax
The you are going to exhale through your mouth as if you are misting a mirror – as you do your ribs are going to close and your diaphragm will relax back under your ribs – helpfully without any extra work from you – pulling your pelvic floor and core upwards and inwards as it does
The wider you can get your ribs – the better the synergistic movement from your pelvic floor
You are not going to:
Inflate your tummy
Lift your shoulders
You are going to:
Inhale for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 6 – to slow down your heart rate and calm your frantic world!!