Hypopressives for anxiety - Annmarie's story
I started to suffer with anxiety and obviously that brings in struggling to breathe sometimes and then panic attacks and that kind of thing.
I was also struggling with putting weight on and was mindful that I needed to do some exercise - I wanted to lose weight but also had anxiety going on.
I felt like all the other kind of exercise that I did - swimming, joining the gym, walking - they just never hit the anxiety.
So I would do them and never feel relaxed or feel calm. And then I would go t…
I got trolled
I've been posting a lot on Facebook recently as I'm trying to raise my profile a bit
And it's obviously working as I'm reaching more people
But with that come people who aren't really a good fit for what I do
This meant that last week I got trolled on one of my videos
It was just a simple video - showing hip circles as a way to ease out your back and hips after sitting for a while
So nothing massively fitness about it and nothing controversial
But this bloke said that if I lost some fat t…
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Solutions part 2
Last week we looked at things you can do in your daily life to help prevent POP or worsening symptoms - if you missed that you can read it here
Today we're looking at possible solutions to helping with symptoms.
This is the lifting and squeezing of your pelvic floor muscles in isolation. Usually includes a series of lifts, holds and pulses
- easy to fit in
- no equipment required
- can do anywhere, anytime
- not everyone does them correctly - may be bear…
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Solutions
It's been a while since my first blog about prolapse and a few things have changed since then. So I thought I'd do a couple of updates
There are two ways you can look at helping with POP symptoms - what can you do to prevent things getting worse and what can you do to make things better.
So first we'll look at preventing things getting worse
One of the key things with this is looking at intra abdominal pressure (IAP)
IAP is the pressure within the abdominal cavity and is reliant on the flui…
Is is good to go barefoot?
I had a Balinese-inspired massage last week and the beginning of the ritual was to put a heated eye mask on
I then enjoyed being massaged with small and large bamboo sticks as well as with hands.
Then the time came to roll over...
Weirdly, having an eye mask on made it really difficult for me to turn!
That small dulling of one of my senses affected the rest of my body, especially my proprioception - where I was in space. In the end I had to lift it off my eyes so that I felt safe to move!…
How I became happy again
It's so easy to lose yourself when you become a mum...
In the early days, you're at the beck and call of a tiny dictator, so something as simple as having a shower can feel like a real treat!
You may then get so used to putting everybody else first that you forget your own needs
I only woke up to this fact a few years ago. So I decided to do some training that was less about exercise for once and more about my mood.
I learnt a few simple steps and have been implementing these regularly and …
What is the best exercise for a prolapse?
I was asked a few weeks ago for the top exercises someone could do to help a prolapse.
My answers were:
- It depends
The thing with prolapse is that it can happen because of so many factors and it's not just about strengthening the pelvic floor.
And even just pelvic floor strength isn't that simple.
The pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscle, going in a variety of directions.
It has links with muscles inside the pelvis and outside the pelvis.
It has connections all…
How can I get more sleep in pregnancy
I've created a Back Pain Relief course for Mums-to-be and one of the modules is all about sleep
Quality of sleep has a strong association with back pain.
It also affects stress levels which can have a knock-on effect on your pelvic floor
I really struggled at the beginning of the first lockdown and was waking at 4-5am every morning. To begin with I stayed in bed for a couple of hours, just trying to get back to sleep but never really managing to
I came to the conclusion that it was better t…
Pelvic Floor Exercises Mistakes - and how to do it right
Myth #1 - Leaking is inevitable after childbirth, menopause and as you age
But just because it’s common, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it!
Everything you need to know about exercise in pregnancy
This should cover all the questions I'm normally asked about exercise and pregnancy, but if you have any questions I haven't covered please ask below!
For most women, exercising during pregnancy will be of great benefit. You should always seek the advice of your healthcare provider first, especially if you have a higher risk pregnancy or an underlying health issue. They will then advise you on the type of exercise that is suitable for you.
All the published guidelines and benefits are based …
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