We are delighted to announce that Maeve Whelan will be coming to the studio on Sunday, 20th October at 9am to present her world-renowned workshop for Pilates Instructors on the Pelvic Floor. Maeve has presented this workshop all over the world, but this is her first time presenting it to Pilates Instructors in Ireland
The most recognised word associated with pelvic floor exercise is “Kegel”, a gynaecologist who reported success with pelvic floor exercise in a group of women as far back as 1948. A Google search will bring up approximately 700,000 results, where the vast majority of instructions will be to “tighten” the pelvic floor.
The basis of Pilates is to strengthen the core and activation of the pelvic floor within this is inherent to good core control. Many men and women “cannot find” their pelvic floor and class participants and Pilates teachers alike are frequently at a loss as to why this may be and to how to progress further. Over time, the pelvic floor is subject to stress and load as a result of poor posture, childbirth, toileting or possibly even for hereditary reasons. It is highly likely that the muscles of the pelvic floor need further instruction in changing the negative tension that they hold before usual rehabilitation.
This involves altering breathing and abdominal holding patterns to facilitate better pelvic floor activation. The usual Pilates principles are then applied. This workshop helps the Pilates Instructor to identify class participants at risk and to use appropriate prompts for pelvic floor release and down training in order to maximise the performance of the pelvic floor in a Pilates class.
The workshop will run from 9am -12.30pm and can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. The cost of the workshop is €100, please email Anna Frankland at email@example.com to secure your place as soon as possible.
Maeve Whelan MSc., SMISCP, Dip Obs. & Gyn. (Physio)
Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist (Women’s Health)
Maeve Whelan is in full time urogynaecology physiotherapy private practice in Dublin. She is a Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist, a title awarded by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2008 and again in 2013. Maeve first started her practice in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1991 and this year completed a Masters by Research in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She treats men and women and disorders include bladder and bowel control, organ prolapse and chronic pelvic pain.