Relaxing your tummy – it’s really important if you have pelvic pain!
If you’re in any pain in your pelvis you’re probably bracing or holding in your tummy muscles as well as your pelvic floor. A lot of women also hold in their tummy muscles all day, something to do with society’s unhelpful idea of how women “should” look… but that’s a discussion for another day. Let it go!
Relaxing your tummy muscles is a really important first step to managing your pelvic pain better – they’re often the key to the pelvic floor. If they’re on so are the muscles between your legs (guys, yes you have a pelvic floor too) and if you can release your tummy then you’ve got a better chance of being able to relax your pelvic floor too.
Have a sit or stand with one hand on your chest and one on your tummy – feel where you’re breathing from. Most of the time the top hand moves more than the bottom. I want you to try and suck air all the way deep down in your lungs so that your tummy gets gently pushed out as you BREATH IN. This is a diaphragmatic breath. No bearing down/pushing into your pelvis, just a gentle breath in. You might have tried this if you’ve done any singing before.
Try that a few times.
It’s not as easy as it seems, have a watch of Lucy having a go!
Practise lovely long, gentle and easy diaphragmatic breaths whenever you can during the day whenever you realise that your tummy has started gripping again. Let it go! Let it gooo…