Workshop 4: Demystifying the Pelvic Floor and Abdominals
Date: Sunday November 13th
Instructor: Kelly Kane
Costs: €89,00 exc. VAT
Workshop Demystifying the Pelvic Floor and Abdominals
As Pilates Professionals working the pelvic floor is part of the communal conversation on how to work the core. But alas, it’s daunting to understand how to assess actual engagement of the “undercarriage” and choose which exercises and programming options could optimize recruitment of the pelvic floor.
Come and join me for 3 hours of pelvic floor exploration! We will review basic anatomy, talk about which cues work for men and women and which movements optimize recruitment of the pelvic floor, so that our pelvic floor muscles can become active participants in exercise! As always there will be lots of manual assessment and correction skills presented and we will look how faulty biomechanics and postural patterns can leave the pelvic floor out of the exercise loop and what we can do to correct that!
- To give students a clear understanding of the musculoskeletal structures and actions of the pelvic floor and perineal muscles.
- Help students understand how pelvic positions and misalignments can affect the capacity of the pelvic floor to contract evenly bilaterally, anteriorly and posteriorly.
- Provide students with pelvic floor training protocols, which will include training slow twitch and quick twitch fibers, as well as stretching and releasing of the pelvic floor.
- Teach students how to assess if their clients are engaging their pelvic floor and which parts.
- Look at the pelvic floors part in “core stability” and explore its synergism with the tranversus abdominus.
- Effective strategies for reducing prolapse: hyperbolic exercises/Uddiyana Banda
- Musculoskeletal anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor.
- Boney landmarks of the pelvis that define the pelvic floors perameters: ischial tuberosities, coccyx, inferior and superior pubic ramus
- Muscles of the pelvic floor: pubococcygeus, iliococcygeus and ischiococcygeus
- Perineal muscles: bulbospongiosis, ischiocavernosis, superificial and deep transverse perineal muscles
- Define how pelvic positions and malalignment of the pelvic bones can affect pelvic floor recruitment
- Experiential exercise to demonstrate how neutral, posterior and anterior pelvic orientation can affect pelvic floor recruitment
- Demonstrate how anterior and posterior rotations of the pelvic hemispheres can affect contractability of the pelvic floor bilaterally
- Protocols for pelvic floor training
- Quick flicks: supine and seated
- Endurance training: supine and seated
- Stretching and releasing
- Hip extension, external rotation and adduction to facilitate posterior pelvic floor recruitment
- Manual Assessment Exercises
- Assessment of obliques vs. TVA engagement
- Assessment of pelvic floor engagement through manual sonar techniques.
- Core Stability
- How to achieve it through Inner Unit and Outer Unit engagement.
- The role of the pelvic floor in core stability
- Explore which exercises can engage the pelvic floor most easily and why!