Postpartum Repair Module 1 Anatomy

Module 1 Anatomy: The Pelvic Floor

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The Pelvic Floor and How to Find It

Bearing Down vs. Releasing the Pelvic Floor

The Pelvic Floor as a House

Pelvic Floor House Analogy

Imagine the pelvic floor as a house. The ground floor is where the pelvic floor lives when it’s relaxed and neutral. When you inhale, the pelvic floor drops into the basement. However, if you bear down on your inhale (or while holding your breath), this is like going out the basement windows. That’s too much pressure! When you inhale, keep your pelvic floor safely in the basement.

On the exhale, the pelvic floor squeezes at the ground floor, then lifts up to floor 1, 2, 3, 4, and eventually the highest contraction at floor 5.

In the next section you will practice the pelvic floor exercises. Use this image when you’re doing kegels and breathwork to help you differentiate between the levels of release and contraction in your pelvic floor.

How-To: Pelvic Floor "Kegel" Instructional Video

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