This article was written by Natalie Padveen, Physical Therapist (PT), Founder of Pelacore.
The pelvic core is an often overlooked but critical part of our body. It includes our deepest abdominal muscles, specifically the transverse abdominis, the multifidus muscles of our spine, the pelvic floor muscles, and the breathing diaphragm.
The pelvic floor is the most critical part of the pelvic core. It supports the pelvic organs, including the:
- Uterus (In Women)
What Do the Pelvic Floor Muscles Do?
The muscles extend from back to front (from the coccyx to pubic bone), and from side to side; like a hammock or sling. A strong pelvic floor is essential for basic functions like peeing, childbirth, and sex.
Engaging the pelvic floor muscles keeps the internal organs in their proper place. It also tightens the sphincter muscles which hold the openings to the vagina, anus, and urethra closed. When relaxed, we are able to pass urine, poop, and gas.
Pelvic floor muscles are also important for sexual function in men and women. In men, strong pelvic floor muscles help with erectile function. In women, they can contribute to enhanced sensation during sex.
According to Natalie Padveen, founder of Pelacore, a unique pelvic core workout program that teaches fitness instructors how to train and strengthen their clients’ pelvic core properly,
“The pelvic floor and core muscles play a vital role during pregnancy to support the baby while in the uterus and during the birth itself.”
Since the pelvic floor does not work in isolation, Pelacore takes a holistic and functional approach to strengthen the pelvic core.
As stated by Ms. Padveen,
“As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I meet countless women who don’t realize the importance of the pelvic core until they become pregnant with their first child and start experiencing symptoms that could have been prevented.”
Benefits of Doing Pelvic Floor Exercises
In reality, women of any age can benefit from pelvic core training. Poor pelvic function – and even damage that may require surgery later on – can result from so much more than just birthing a child.
For example, other lifestyle factors which contribute to poor pelvic function include:
- Poor Exercise Form
- High-Impact Sports
- Poor Dietary Habits
- Previous Surgery
Pelacore helps women activate and train muscles, which help improve symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, and in many cases, decreases symptoms associated with prolapse. It helps women feel stronger from the inside, improving bladder control, sexual sensation, and reducing back pain. Pelacore students compare the program to “Kegels on steroids,” stating that they benefit both physically and aesthetically.
“I’ve never felt better,” said Kim Negre, a Pelacore client.
Jayne Justice, a Certified Pelacore Instructor, says that Pelacore has been a game changer for her health coaching and fitness career.
As stated by Ms. Justice,
“This is where all women should start their fitness journey, especially post-partum and menopausal women. I love seeing the increased confidence in the women I work with.”
Pelacore exercises should really be part of every women’s daily routine, according to Ms. Padveen, and based on the fast-growing number of students signing up for Pelacore, everyone seems to agree.
More About Natalie Padveen & Pelacore
Natalie Padveen is a mom, a Physical Therapist, a Fitness Instructor, and the founder of Pelacore.