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Newsy Pilates Ezine , Issue #7
August 15, 2011

August 2011 Issue #7

"The first wealth is health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thank you for joining me. Together, we can enjoy our pilates exercises with increasing understanding about what our bodies need.

This month : Pelvic Floor Exercises and 2 Techniques – for Pregnancy, Ante-Natal, Athlete Incontinence & the Over 40’s

1. Information about the Pelvic Floor
2. Anatomical Pics
3. Video Pelvic Floor
4. Celebrity Spotlight

Pelvic Floor Exercises or Kegels

Pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the organs the bladder and bowel in men, and bladder, bowel and uterus in women. These muscles are a bit like a sling or platform. They extend from the pubic bone (at the front) to tailbone or coccyx (at the base of your spine) and between sitting bones (side to side).

What are the Benefits of doing Pelvic Floor Exercises?
  • Improved control over bladder and bowel function
  • Reduced risk of prolapse (i.e. 'sagging' of internal organs) better recovery from childbirth and surgery
  • Increased sexual sensation and orgasmic potential
  • Increased social confidence and quality of life.
  • Core Strength - strong muscles provide support to the organs above.They help hold you upright
  • They are integral in “turning on” other abdominal muscles such as the transverses abdominals for developing core strength in pilates.
  • They work with back muscles to stabilise and support the spine.

TIP Strangely, it is beneficial to hold visiting the toilet from as long as is comfortable to "train" those muscles to hold the load. That in itself, is one of our pelvic floor exercises. Also, drink lots of water because the bladder has difficulty coping if you are not properly hydrated.

The Technique

For a full Description of the Technique to do Pelvic Floor Exercises, go to: Pelvic Floor Technique

You’ll find many more illustrated stretches if you visit the website and follow respective links from Home Page.

Pelvic Floor VIDEO

Our Celebrity Spotlight

Pippa Middleton owes her body to Pilates!

Pippa Middleton has become just as popular as her sister Kate since the royal wedding. Here’s more information about the gorgeous girl and her pilates superb shape – she also does triathlons.....Read more....

Til next month,
Best wishes, Pamela.
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