Date(s) - 26/10/2019
Your pelvic floor plays an important role not only in bladder, bowel, reproduction and sexual function, but also in spinal health, hip function, breathing, voice production, core strategies, standing balance and more. The pelvic floor is also known to be intimately connected to the feet and the floor of the mouth.
Pelvic health issues related to these many roles are commonly poorly addressed or often left untreated in both women and men.
Join Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI, C-IAYT, Physiotherapist and Yoga Therapist, for this 1-day pelvic floor health yoga workshop that offers a combination of inspiring, empowering, educational and valuable theory and practice.
We will explore evidence surrounding the biopsychosocial factors that influence pelvic floor function and combine it with yoga practices and philosophy that can be safely and effectively used immediately to enhance pelvic floor health.
Objectives for workshop (subject to minor changes):
Theory: (approx 2.5 hours):
briefly overview the anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvic diaphragm
learn the roles the pelvic diaphragm plays in overall health and wellness
learn the biopsychosocial factors that can contribute to performance and function of the pelvic floor
review the first 2 chakras (using a framework based on one modern translation of chakras) and discuss the role they may play in pelvic health
outline the 4 categories of pelvic floor health dysfunctions
discuss the debate surrounding the performance of kegel exercises for pelvic floor health and rehabilitation using a best evidence approach
discuss Mula Bandha (MB) including the potential intention of MB from a historical perspective, and explore the potential differences and similarities to pelvic floor engagement
outline factors that may contribute to a Non-Relaxing Pelvic Floor and health issues that may arise from over-recruitment of pelvic floor musculature
briefly outline the 8 limbed path of Pantanjali’s yoga, and how each limb may contribute to a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to pelvic floor health and rehabilitation
Understand scope of practice when addressing pelvic floor health for those practitioners who do not perform internal pelvic floor exams or treatment and when to refer to a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor health.
Practical Session: (approx 4 hours, includes space + time to relax, explore, go-at-your-own-pace, learn, and have fun):
learn and experience breathing methods and meditation techniques as they relate to pelvic floor health, with a focus on awareness and relaxation of pelvic floor muscles
discover and practice awareness of pelvic diaphragmatic excursion by integrating mindfulness practices and yoga practices including breathing, visualization, meditation, postures and mindful movement.
learn and participate in activities that include components of the core strategy system that have been shown to influence pelvic floor muscle engagement and function, including hip and lumbo-pelvic strategies, through the use of a functional integrative approach which includes mindful movement, yoga postures and breathing practices.
learn and experience how the voice, respiratory and pelvic diaphragms work together through breath, movement and vocalization (as time permits)
participate in activities to enhance foot awareness and potential connection to the pelvic floor
Cost $120 for the day Workshop with international speaker, trainer, author & TedX speaker, Shelly Prosko.
**This workshop is not intended to assess or treat or act as medical advice for your individual health concerns. Please ensure you feel safe to practice in a group class without individual assessment or attention. Please seek guidance and treatment from your health professional in your area for any unmanaged conditions.**