Reform Pilates is delighted to announce that women’s health physiotherapist Sinead O’Loughlin will be coming to the studio on Saturday, 21st June at 11.30am to present a workshop on the Pelvic Floor.
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 however and 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 will help participants to understand the anatomy of the pelvic floor and the associated complications arising from a tight or weak pelvic floor. Participants will then be taught how to correctly engage and release the pelvic floor using a series of specific mat exercises.
The workshop will run from 11.30am – 1pm and can accommodate a maximum of 15 people. The cost of the workshop is €30, please email Anna Frankland at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place as soon as possible.
Sinead O’Loughlin BSc MSc MPHty is a women’s health and musculoskeletal physiotherapist based in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. She has 16 years of clinical experience since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1998, nine of which were spent at Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic, working with and training under Maeve Whelan. Maeve is a specialist women’s health physiotherapist, known for her hands on approach to the pelvic floor. Alongside her work as a physiotherapist, Sinead is also a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher and Craniosacral therapist and draws from all of these disciplines to approach pelvic floor dysfunction in a holistic way.
See www.seapointphysio.ie for more information.