As we age, we often fail to maintain our entire core, which includes the diaphragm at the top and the pelvic floor at the bottom. Whether a result of long bouts of inactivity, severe trauma, invasive or multiple surgeries, or chronic conditions, many students are either weak or simply disconnected from their pelvic floor muscles. The result can be anything from incontinence to lower back pain and a myriad of issues in between.
Childbirth also weakens the pelvic floor and may result in diastasis recti. What is diastasis recti? As defined by the Mayo Clinic, "During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen to separate — a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. Diastasis recti might cause a bulge in the middle of the abdomen where the two muscles separate.(1)"
Did you know that statistically 98+% of women have a diastasis after delivery(2)? It seems that diastasis can be more common the more pregnancies a woman has or if she has had multiples or already has an underlying abdominal problem.
It is also important to note that while diastasis recti is more common in pregnant women, it is actually related to internal abdominal pressure, which pregnancy increases but does not specifically cause. For this reason, even men, children, and women who have not experienced childbirth, can suffer from diastasis recti following certain types of abdominal surgery and injury.
The goal of our new MAMAfit class is to restore subconscious submaximal activity throughout the pelvic core neuromuscular system using applied functional science. We train the body three dimensionally against gravity and ground reaction forces.
The class is for women who are pre- or post-natal, or any students who would like to preserve or restore pelvic floor functionality. If you have a diastasis that is not too severe, you will learn how to functionally (not structurally) repair it.
Want to see what's in store? Join me Wednesday evening from 7p. New to the Club? Try this class absolutely free when you reserve your first class online.
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