As an infant, you knew the power of your body. You inhaled by activating your diaphragm. You engaged your pelvic floor as you exhaled. Your inner-unit worked in a flawless flow – allowing you move naturally and explore your newfound mobility. No aches. No pains. No limits.
But somewhere along the way, you stopped listening to your body. You started breathing with your chest. You worked at keeping your stomach in near-constant contraction to minimize your profile. And what’s a pelvic floor anyway??
As you lost touch, your inner-unit responded in a dysfunctional way. Key muscles over-activated while others became weak and amnesic. Desperate to get your attention it started throwing up red flags. Low back pain. Sciatica. Incontinence and diastasis recti after you had babies. And because we’ve been trained to value aesthetics over function, you ignored the signs. Maybe you hid. Maybe you lived in shame. Maybe you thought this was just the way your body would be from now on. Well – it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to reclaim the power of your inner-unit and relearn how the most beautiful group of muscles you’ll never see, work to provide stability and strength for all movements. Take a deep breath – it’s your super power!
If you’ve had a baby and are struggling with the physical challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond, get in touch! As a Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist and Diastasis & Core Consultant, I’m uniquely trained to minimize and correct dysfunctions, and serve as a guide in your journey to reclaiming the power of your body. Join us for Bad Mama Jama, every Monday from 9-10am for guided inner-unit activations and strength building exercises. Babies welcome!
Robin Taylor is a personal trainer and group class instructor at KOR. You can read her full bio here.