Fascia sometimes thought of as …
Fascia can be improved in your body with the following
- Postural alignment
- Nutrition; by feeding your body collagen & vitamin c rich foods. Grab my complimentary Nutrition Guide here
- Mindful movement – being conscious of not just how you move your muscles but how your posture, breath & even organs are involved in moving too ! Watch this pregnancy postpartum workout video
One area of your body where fascia is really important – pelvic floor
Connecting to your body
During pregnancy and postpartum it is challenging to connect / activate our deeper muscles such as our pelvic floor your neural pathway is challenged. This means your brain struggles to effectively activate or connect to these deep muscles as there is baby in the way or there has been some trauma to the muscles and connective tissue (fascia) due to child birth.
Move better, smarter and stronger !
To heal and activate your pelvic floor requires, slowing down and bringing awareness to your daily movement ! To create effective awareness start to your movement a visualization is a wonderful tool. One I love to use is the “blueberry” analogy for pelvic floor activation. This is an excellent way to avoid over activating your pelvic floor (which often happens during kegels or trying to stop the flow of urine) and can lead to a hypertonic pelvic floor. Instead it allows a deep effective connection to your pelvic floor with both movement and breath.
Activate your pelvic floor fascia with movement, breath and visualisation
- Ensure your shoulders are positioned over your ribs and feet flat on the floor.
- Take a deep breath in and as you exhale I want you to feel like you are internally and very gently picking up a blueberry with your pelvic floor. Then as you inhale slowly release the blueberry.
I know it may seem weird..but with practice it works !
I use the blueberry analogy as you don’t want to squash it (or over-activate your pelvic floor). This is a very gentle and effective way to reactivate your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is the foundation of your core so this muscle needs to function correctly (dysfunction comes if it is too tight or your try to clench). If your pelvic floor heals effectively you will also find your diastasis recti (ab separation) heals much better too.
Using a visualisation is also very helpful as we are trying to re-connect the neural pathways from your brain to this deep muscle group. This is all part of you healing not only physically but also mentally.