Pelvic floor pain is one of the most common issues we have that no one talks about. I’m joined by my girlfriend, Dr. Brianne Grogan, to talk about how she makes relieving pelvic pain accessible and, dare I say, fun.
The steps to relieve pelvic floor pain at home:
- Deep breathing
- Relaxation techniques
- Body scanning
- Talk about your pelvic pain
About Dr. Brianne Grogan
With nearly 15 million views on YouTube and a 5-star reviewed podcast and book, Dr. Brianne Grogan, PT, DPT is a leading voice in the field of pelvic health and wellness. Her viewers love her for her down-to-earth, compassionate approach and for making pelvic floor fitness fun, mainstream, and accessible.
Breathing and Relaxation for Pelvic Floor Pain
Pelvic floor pain is a serious condition that you can start treating at home. Dr. Brianne Grogan is here today to talk about what you can do, starting today, to ease the chronic pain that’s so common among both women and men.
She takes us right back to basics. If you have pelvic floor pain, some of the things you can start doing to calm it down are deep breathing exercises and relaxing. This might sound easier said than done, but Bri breaks some of these exercises down into really manageable tasks.
Bri also talks about the Paradoxical Relaxation method. This approach basically takes a look at how you can relax as much as you can - and from there, accepting where you are. This might mean that you accept you have a certain degree of pelvic pain, but it’s much less than it was before you relaxed.
Embrace Your Feminine Energy to Reduce Pelvic Floor Pain
Brianne talks a lot about masculine and feminine energy in this episode. These energies exist in both of us and we can embody them both at any given time.
While masculine energy is very much in the mind of forcing through the pain, treating pelvic health needs a more nurturing, gentle approach, which comes from our feminine energy.
By stepping into our feminine energy, Bri explains some of the techniques we can use to relax our pelvic floor and reduce the pain we have there at home. From self-massage to internal stretching, healthy eating to self-care and relaxation, she lets us know exactly what we can do without a large financial investment.
I do want to stress one thing: Bri explains why doing Kegel exercises is counterproductive to reducing pelvic floor pain. Kegels help to strengthen your muscles and focus on contracting your pelvic floor - the exact opposite of what you want to do to relieve any pain you’re having!
As always, you can ask me anything and let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In This Episode
What the basics of calming your pelvic floor pain are [9:00]
How you can breathe your way to an ease in pelvic floor pain [12:24]
What Paradoxical Relaxation is [14:00]
What the differences between masculine and feminine energy are [22:25]
What you can do at home to release your pelvic floor muscles [28:30]
How our brain and our gut can contribute to our pelvic health [36:00]
“Focus on effortless letting go. You’re letting go without pushing to make it happen, which is interesting because that brings in the energy, masculine versus feminine energy. It’s a very masculine energy to push and make things happen, “I’m going to make this tension go away!” in a very hard-driving manner. We’re doing a very feminine approach to releasing the tension. Let’s see what can let go naturally.” [13:25]
“It’s not that it’s in your head, it’s not that you’re making up the pain at all. It’s just that there are some responses that we need to unlearn.” [17:37]
“What we need is actually to release the muscles. Kegels are really the last thing you want to do if you have pelvic pain and tension.” [25:32]
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