by Lisa Simpkinson
September 7, 2022

When the pelvic organs aren’t functioning correctly (bladder and urethra, uterus and vagina, rectum and anus), it significantly impacts a woman’s life.

Of everyone affected by urinary and bowel incontinence in Australia, women make up 80%, so if this is you, you aren’t alone.

We’re here to support women because sharing experiences and strengthening pelvic floor muscles with exercise, especially Pilates, achieves results.

Causes of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD)

Weakened pelvic floors are synonymous with ageing; however pelvic organs can become destabilised through:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Hormone fluctuations during perimenopause and menopause
  • Abdominal/pelvic surgery 
  • Straining when lifting, moving
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Impact trauma (car accident, fall)

Help and healing are available, with studies showing regular Pilates can improve abdominal strength and stabilise pelvic functions in around 12 weeks.

Reform your pelvic floor

The core includes the upper and lower abdominals, lower back and pelvic floor. Each Pilates exercise requires core location and correct activation to conduct the movement while synchronising with your breath. 

With regular use and awareness, muscle memory and stabilisation develop to help us form correct movement and posture in class and carry this through to everyday activities. Over time you’re integrating a natural strength into the muscular and organ container, the pelvic floor. 

Healing at home, on demand

With our expert guidance, you can still challenge your body while managing PFD or choose nurturing classes for the days you struggle. New and soon-to-be mums, we have you covered also.

Some core work can cause or worsen symptoms. Please check with your medical professional before commencing if you have PFD symptoms, have recently had surgery or gave birth (even if you did Pilates before this). 

The whole woman you are

We teach how female pelvic and abdominal anatomy works, correct alignment and breathing and other lifestyle factors for healing PFD (and preventing it).

Our approach deeply encourages working with our whole selves to create naturally good posture and breathing well throughout every day activities, not just the time you are in class.