DOMINIKA GAINES IS A GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer. In her blog post, “The Jewel of the Pelvic Floor,” she gives us an insightful look at one of the most unique and foundational principles in both the Gyrotonic Method and the Gyrokinesis Method – narrowing of the pelvis. In her blog Dominika discusses the pelvic floor musculature and how the combined shaped of the pubic bone, two sit bones and coccyx is rather like the shape of a diamond. When sitting or standing (or lying in 'neutral'), the diamond should always be balanced on its four corners and face in the direction of the feet. Her blog is a great starting point for women who may not have much awareness of their bony structure and may have misconceptions about how their pelvic floor functions, or the inability to differentiate their pelvis and hip.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that support the bladder, uterus (womb) and bowel. When the pelvic floor is strong, it supports the pelvic organs to prevent problems such as incontinence ( involuntary loss of urine or faeces) and prolapse (lack of support) of the bladder, uterus and bowel.
The pelvic floor muscles help you to control bladder and bowel function, allowing you to 'hold on' until an appropriate time and place. Keeping your pelvic floor strong or working to strengthen it after childbirth, during the menopause or after surgery, can give women comfort from extremely debilitating symptoms. This video gives you a real understanding of how the pelvic floor muscles underpin the key organs and why strengthening these muscles can have such beneficial results.
Hayley Oxley specialises in treating women with pelvic floor problems using the GYROTONIC® Expansion method and is also pre and postnatal Pilates certified. Hayley has worked successfully with women of all ages, helping to improve their pelvic floor health.