CoreConnect Health & Fitness Studio is a boutique studio detailed to our clients fitness needs. We opened our doors in Blomtuin Centre, Suikerbos Street, Blomtuin, Bellville in July 2018. It is the only studio in South Africa focusing on pelvic floor exercises and another first in the country to incorporate the Hypopressives/Low Pressure fitness training method in small fitness groups for women AND men.
I have been teaching Low Pressure Fitness/Hypopressives, Pilates and various other methodologies in my training sessions in Cape Town and surrounds, spreading the word and opening the conversation around pelvic floor health and wellness. Pieter is my partner in crime and designer/marketer.
So why do we LOVE the pelvic floor so much?
I bet the first thought that comes to mind if someone mentions pelvic floor is either relating it to sexual intercourse or childbirth or a muscle of sorts that looks like a hammock and supports your internal organs. Some people blush and whisper when they talk about this muscle or refer to it as the “muscle down there”.
Well, I just LOVE the pelvic floor for SO many reasons and I am sure you will feel the same after some interesting facts about this muscle.
Did you know the pelvic floor, diaphragm, transverse abdominis and multifidus/back muscles functions as a team to form the deep abdominal belt or core system. Yes, all movement and activity starts with the core and all activities create intra-abdominal pressure. If one of these core members are not functioning properly, it will not be able to manage intra-abdominal pressure correctly and then you will experience some form of discomfort or symptom in that member.
The diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles are often forgotten or overlooked within this system. The pelvic floor can either be too tight or too weak, causing incontinence (peeing when you sneeze or jump or laugh), an urgency to pee, pain during sex, or prolapse (the muscle can’t support organs so they start to sag down) as examples. About 1 in 4 women struggle with the dysfunction of incontinence, which is often caused by childbirth or aging. Another huge contributor to imbalance of the deep core system is incorrect posture or alignment, breathing and types of sports activities. Symptoms can range from mildly irritating to completely debilitating. Some women can’t even leave home because they’re afraid they’ll pee their pants and 90% of women never talk about it. It is either seen as a taboo topic or as “normal” due to aging or childbirth. This is far from the truth. These are mostly symptoms and the core telling you it is out of balance and fixable or manageable with the right exercise. Typically, women are prescribed surgery or Kegels for pelvic floor dysfunction. But Kegels aren’t always done properly and won’t help if the pelvic floor is already tight or overactive.
Yes, men also have pelvic floors, remember, it forms part of your core system. With men, though, the symptoms are slightly different if this core team is not functional. Due to physiological differences in the pelvic floor. Men only have two openings in pelvic floor (urethra and anus), compared to women with 3 openings (vagina, urethra and anus). Men tend to experience symptoms like inguinal hernias, lower back pain, urinary incontinence due to prostate enlargement, sexual dysfunctions and more.
The core forms the foundation and centre of the body to support you in all movement, but is also integral to the breathing, postural, fascial, neurodynamic and emotional system of the body. Once the core is balanced and functional it will improve wellbeing of the mind, body and soul.
I network with many women’s and pelvic health physiotherapists and recommend an assessment by a physiotherapist or taking one of my workshops to better understand the pelvic floor before starting classes or joining a fitness program. I also encourage women and men to sign up for 6 classes in the beginner package, called CoreBalance for Beginners to kickstart the core system, breathing and posture and then move on to other methods of training I offer at the studio to layer fitness, strength and endurance. It is R720.00 for the package of 6 sessions, if training in a group. Private and semi-private sessions are also available.