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Getting to grips with the Pelvic Floor Pilates programme
Thank you for attending the Diamond Pilates studio sessions.
- You are participating in this homework exercise of your own free will.
- This homework is for those who attend 1-2-1 sessions through Experience Wellness Studio Sessions in Longridge.
- Please do not continue with any of the exercises if you experience any problems. Stop and seek medical advice if these exercises cause pain or make any of your symptoms or issues worse.
- As with any form of exercise or activity, there is a risk of injury, and whilst these exercises have been recommended to you, you are participating of your own free will. If you have any concerns, contact your health care team before starting the exercises.
- This programme is meant for use with clients who have low pelvic tone and is not meant to replace medical advice or diagnosis.
Thank you and well done for taking your pelvic core health into your own hands and helping yourself to be an even better you!
Before our first session, I need you to complete this online health screening form.
It is a detailed form specifically about your pelvic floor. Please answer each question as honestly as possible, and don't be embarrassed about your answers. Your answers are totally confidential and will not be shared with anyone else.
If you have not yet completed the form, please click here for our online form:
How will you measure success?
Achieving 'success' is different for everyone, but below are a few ways to measure your pelvic floor function. What you record this is up to you, and how you record it - in a notebook/phone etc.
Will you consider:
Leaking when you sneeze?
Being able to hold your wee longer?
At the end of each week, is there a difference, no matter how slight?
Can you locate the muscle easier, as the days' progress?
Are you starting to be able to lift more from the front (around the pubic bone)?
Can you lower more slowly?
Even a slight improvement is fantastic!
It takes up to three months to get significant changes, but I hope things are going in the right direction!
You may feel a connection under the buttocks or low in the abdominals; however, avoid tightening the buttocks and squeezing the abdominals during the exercises.
Avoid holding your breath as well, during the exercises. If possible breathe out gently on the pelvic floor lift, then breathe normally. However, if breathing in a specific way confuses you, just breathe!
There are lots of exercises for the programme, but you only need to aim for 30-50 repetitions per day, no matter what exercise combination you do.
NICE Guidelines suggest 5 slow and 5 fast three times a day. We would like to add to this and do a short warm-up, then proceed to the main exercises, allowing you to work week to week on the progressions.
Also, remember to relax your pelvic floor before and after each session.
There is an audio to help with this. Practice each exercise lying on your back, to begin with. Once confident and mastered, progress to sitting and standing.
Above all, just try little and often.
It's the consistency of doing the exercises that will get you the results you require.
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Bony Points of the Pelvis for Reference
We can't see inside your pelvic floor, but we know the names of some of the structures, so we use them to help locate the right muscles.
There are 4 bony points we need to consider:
The Coccyx - the end of your tailbone, around the level of the anus (at the back of the pelvis)
The Pubic Bone - the bit that hurts when you lie on it sometimes (at the front of your pelvis)
The Sitting Bones - the bony bits of our bum when we sit down (either side of your pelvis.)
For ease of use, we offer the 6-week programme and associated information in a handy booklet.
Here is your copy: