Core Health

I’m not a fan of the “Kegel” as an all-purpose exercise to help strengthen the pelvic floor. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the work of Dr. Kegel, an American gynaecologist who in the 1940s and 50s took an interest in women’s health and demonstrated how pelvic floor exercises could be used to improve symptoms of incontinence for women after childbirth, introducing a non-surgical option for treatment. He was a pioneer and an...

In the last blog post I explained why pulling your shoulders back and lifting your chest is not good advice if you want to correct your hunched forward posture. In short, I explained how these postural cues hide the issue but don’t actually address it and can even make it worse. Instead I have three areas I work on in my own body and with clients that want to work on their hyperkyphosis. All of these...

We all want good posture. We want to be able to stand up straight and stay tall. Unfortunately there are many cultural posture cues that aren’t helpful if we truly want to align our body for good health. We may know that to have good posture we want our ears stacked over shoulders over hips, knees, and ankles. But HOW we get there is important. And there is a sneaky way to line up all these...

As I mentioned in Part 1, I think there is a critical misunderstanding of the purpose of pregnancy-specific exercise. I’m going to state it up front: The purpose of pregnancy-specific exercise is to help the mind and body specifically adapt to the added load of late-stage pregnancy AND to adapt to what it is going to need to do in several months to birth baby out. If you are training for a marathon there is...

I want to set the record straight about something that relates to many questions I get as a Prenatal Movement teacher: the difference between maintaining fitness in pregnancy, and participating in pregnancy-specific exercise. Often I find that women view these as an either/or situation. This usually looks like one of the following scenarios: [caption id="attachment_17476" align="alignleft" width="480"] © via canva.com[/caption] She continues with whatever sport, fitness activity or exercise she LOVES and ENJOYS and has been a...

Oh mysterious psoas, Thank you for always keeping me together, I notice you hanging on, holding me up, quietly hoping for a moment of letting go, Oh psoas, how exhausted and tired you’ve become, You seem dry and ropey today, I feel your pain in my low back, Oh psoas, I give you this gift today: constructive rest Ah, the psoas. Read on to find out why this muscle is connected to: stress, fear & emotions ...

We’ve been told to stand up straight so many times that introducing the idea that it might be compromising our health seems absurd. If you have some degree of hyperkyphosis (extra rounding forward in your upper back) the solution is not as simple as rolling your shoulders back, squeezing your shoulder blades together, or increasing your time spent in “heart-opening” yoga backbends. These postural cues have the tendency to give you the appearance of being...

If you’ve been to one of my prenatal or postnatal yoga classes you probably know that I have a particular interest in how movement affects the function of the pelvic floor. This interest developed out of my own experience with pelvic floor issues after the birth of my first son. I’m saving my personal story for a future blog post when I have the courage to write about it. For this post, I’ll skip ahead...