Relaxing your tummy – it’s really important if you have pelvic pain! Watch my video about how to do it.
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 BREATHE 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…