It’s no secret that a strong pelvic floor can improve physical health and quality of life in several significant ways, but did you know that for some people, working these muscles can do more harm than good? Like other parts of the body, pelvic floor tension can be improved by stretching the muscles in the affected area. Here are a few of the most effective pelvic floor stretches.
Child’s Pose is a yoga posture that provides a gentle stretch to the pelvic floor muscles and lower back. With regular practice, it’s an effective way to reduce tension and improve mobility in these areas. To perform the pose, start by kneeling on the floor or a yoga mat, placing a cushion under your knees if you need more support. Sit back on your heels and extend your arms forward, slowly lowering your upper body towards the ground. Hold for 1-3 minutes, breathing deeply as you go.
Also known as Bound Angle and Cobbler’s Pose, Butterfly Pose targets the pelvic floor muscles as well as the inner thighs. Begin by sitting on the floor with your feet together and knees bent outward, imagining your legs as the butterfly “wings.” Using the strength of your thighs and glutes, gently pull your knees toward the ground. If you prefer a deeper stretch, place your hands on your thighs and press downward until you feel a moderate stretching sensation. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
Happy Baby Pose
Happy Baby Pose will provide an even deeper stretch and is one of the best ways to release chronic tension in the pelvic floor. On a yoga mat, towel, or even your bed, lie on your back with your knees bent toward your chest. Hold the outsides of your feet and gently pull them downward until you feel a stretch in your hips and pelvic muscles. Hold for about a minute, imagining yourself breathing into any tight areas.