As some of you may know from following my blog, I’ve had a lot of issues with my pelvic floor. It started when I was 12 weeks pregnant with Finn. I suffered with SPD and PGP the entire way through my pregnancy and beyond and if it wasn’t for me maintaining it with hours of physio then I wouldn’t have been able to walk towards the end of those long 9 months.
When I was pregnant with Juno things weren’t quite so bad. I knew how to hold my body properly, I was conscious of my posture as my belly grew bigger and I also knew what release work and stretches to do to relieve the pains and loosen up the muscles in my thighs, hips and lower back. But I also knew how to exercise my pelvic floor properly. It’s one of the most valuable things any woman, or indeed man, can learn.
Following my 6 week post partum check up with both babies I attended my physio for internal release work on my pelvic floor. One problem I had after Finn was that I was over compensating whilst doing my kegals and I wasn’t releasing properly so my muscles were getting more and more tense and the tightness from my episiotomy scar didn’t help matters. After having Juno I found that a lot of my issues again were coming from the external pelvic floor muscles especially around the scar area.
It was causing issues in my lower back, my thighs and my hips.
What is your pelvic floor and why is it so important?
Your pelvic floor supports all of your pelvic organs- bladder, bowel and uterus.
It stretches from your pubic bone right back to your coccyx and it’s responsible for preventing incontinence and flatulence and also supporting you uterus before, during and after pregnancy. Your pelvic floor also works with the abdominal and back muscles to stabilise and support the spine. (Source)
Why I wanted to do the Total Pelvic Revolution Programme.
When Dagmar Khan approached me to tell me a little more about her course I jumped at the chance to get involved.
The Total Pelvic Revolution Programme is a four week course and through using meditation, massage techniques and the jade egg it’s designed to help strengthen your pelvic floor, aid incontinence and prolapse and help you to feel stronger, more confident and sexier.
I thought that Dagmar’s course would perfectly compliment the work I’ve been doing to maintain my pelvic floor and hopefully help strengthen my abdominal and back muscles. I’ve also wanted to try meditation for quite a while now so I figured this would be as good a time as any to start.
Read below to find out how I got on!
The Jade Egg…
Total Pelvic Revolution Review:
There’s essentially 6 practices. Two within each module 2,3 &4.
Module 1 consisted of utilising massage techniques, deep breathing exercises and meditation to help get you brain and body prepared for working with the jade egg in Module 2. It’s essential to prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally before using the Jade egg.
Starting off module 2 I decided to go with some deep breathing by following the Inner Smile and the Loop Practices from Module 1. They’re designed to prepare you mentally and physically for working with the egg. I skipped the breast massage because as I’m breast feeding, go figure!
I started off with the Basic Practice which is easing you into getting started. Although I was doing the exercises, I couldn’t quite feel the egg, which is perfectly normal after having a baby and although I’ve been doing my pelvic floor exercises for the past 6 months since having Juno, it’s interesting to see that my deep pelvic floor muscles still need A LOT of work.
The basic practice incorporates a bit of bridge work with some pelvic tilts. I honestly couldn’t feel any difference after the practice was completed so I went about my day. That night when I was getting into bed I realised I had no pain at all. No little twinges in my pelvis, or in my butt cheeks, no aches in and around my inner thigh and not as much tightness in my groin. Apart from a bit of lower back pain, which is pretty normal with two babies, I had no aches or pains.
The morning after the practice and I woke up, again, with no pain. I didn’t do any other pelvic floor release work or kegals in the two days, so this result was just from using the jade egg alone.
A few days later, after a day of walking around Dublin whilst carrying Juno in the sling and trying to maneuver a buggy I was in so much pain!
I didn’t get to do another practice before heading out that day and as a result my legs, hips and lower back were aching! Before I got into bed that night I decided to try a bit of the resistance practice. It didn’t get rid of the pain completely, but it did ease it enough for me to get some sleep. When I woke up the next morning I had very little pain.
I was pleasantly surprised to be experiencing instantaneous results from having just started the course. Roll on modules three and four!
Consists mainly of sexual healing. It includes the fresh start jade egg practice and the sexual healing jade egg practice and it’s aim is to help you understand the different ways our body and our sexuality can become traumatized and the processes and jade egg practices that allow your body to heal -Dagmar Khan
I started with the fresh start practice which incorporates healing and forgiveness. It’s about forgiving yourself and those who may have wronged you in the past, which helps you to release past anger and frustration and pain thus unlocking blockages within you psyche when it comes to enjoying sex and making love again.
It’s quite a powerful little practice and although I don’t have a lot of anger or pain from past relationships (ok maybe some anger and a tiny bit of resentment, but that’s it!) I have had a lot of issues from a past friendship that broke down. A friendship with a man that I though valued me as a person and not just an object of affection. Because “friend-zoning” him meant that I deserved to be verbally abused and cut out of his life completely. I think these in turn affected my confidence and contributed to my anxiety and second guessing myself and my worth as a person. This rarely happens, but occasionally I get into a mindset where I’m very negative about myself. I think this practice will really help that.
I can see how the sexual healing practice can really help someone who’s experienced some kind of trauma or abuse, it’s very thorough and the meditation techniques within this practice can be invaluable when it comes to healing your mind, body and soul.
I did do both practices within this module, but as it’s not my main focus, I didn’t spend too much time on it. BUT make no mistake this is a very, very effective module and the meditation techniques alone are worth it.
Building lasting pelvic health:
So trying to find 25/30 minutes to myself was quite challenging. But I managed it.
This was my favourite practice! I won’t waffle on too much, but the whole body integration is so worth it! Through meditation and deep breathing you’re essentially distributing your sexual energy throughout your entire body and it’s just amazing. I honestly don’t know what else I can say about it. You just have to try it.
The 5 senses jade egg activation uses meditation to help you envision where you want to be or the type of person you want to become. Whether it’s a more confident version of yourself or you want to be more successful at what you’re doing this practice is about imagining that and sensing what it would be like to be that person by imagining what you’re hearing, what you’re seeing, tasting.
I think this practice is by far the most useful. The brain is such a complex tool, even the most gifted neuroscientist can’t figure out how it works. Envisioning and imagination can be very useful to helping you to achieve your goals in life and get to where you want to be. This practice helps you do just that. I’ll definitely be doing this practice again and again to keep me focused on where I want to be in 3 years time.
Dagmar had created a very effective course. The meditation practices are something that I definitely want to try practicing regularly by introducing them into my every day routine and as for the exercises within the practices themselves, as I mentioned above, for the first time in three years, I’ve been pain free and the results were pretty much instantaneous, which is pretty remarkable. I’m not quite brave enough yet to try sleeping without the pillow between my legs for support, but hopefully I’ll get there soon.
Watch this Space!