Pelvic Health & Liberation
The Importance of Softening
with abdominal & pelvic health therapist and founder of Your Sacred Pelvis, Chaya Leia Aronson
The health, mobility + balance in your pelvis is a core aspect of your quality of life.
In today's podcast, founder of Your Sacred Pelvis Chaya Leia Aronson shares all about ways to tell if you might be experiencing imbalances in your pelvis (hint: most of us are), why those might be happening, and some first steps you can take to encourage a more healthy and balanced pelvis.
We live in a world that constantly messes with our pelvic health.
Our diets, lifestyle, traumas, and just straight up societal expectations have an impact on pelvic health.
Some examples of things in your life that might be causing imbalances in your pelvis include:
- chronic constipation
- recurrent respiratory infections that involve coughing
- wearing high heels (or any heels)
- sitting on chairs that are not ergonomic
- extended time in seats of cars
- sitting with one leg crossed over another
- standing with pelvis tilted forward, back or to one side
- carrying weight (child, boxes, etc) on one side of the body
And all of this imbalance can lead to any number of challenging symptoms.
Whether we're talking recurrent or bladder vaginal infections, constipation, incontinence, prolapse, inability to orgasm, painful sex, chronic pelvic pain or painful cramps, the health and tone of your pelvic organs and muscles can be instrumental in your healing process.
But even though the conventional approach is to strengthen your pelvic muscles to encourage stability in your pelvis, softening is actually the first step.
Many of us actually have tightness or tension in our pelvic muscles and connective tissue that actually need to be released and relaxed before even thinking about strengthening them.
Instead of kegels, you may want to explore things like deep belly breathing (including expansion of your rib cage), exploring softening and releasing your pelvis after you pee (just let yourself sit there and envision more release, it's amazing how often more urine actually comes out), or laying on your back with your legs bent resting your calves up on a couch or a chair at a 90 degree angle to help your psoas release.
Chaya teaches that the process of pelvic health and liberation encompasses four stages: soften, balance, strengthen, and delight.
Instead of just thinking of your pelvis as something only to think about when you've got some glaring problem going on "down there," consider starting to enhance and optimize your pelvic health now so you can prevent future problems.
And start to fully embody and enjoy the quality of life, of pleasure, and of power that's possible with a more balanced pelvis.
Get much more guidance on how to support your own body sourced from Chaya's 13 years of working professionally with pelvises by listening to this week's podcast. Or learn more with her through the links below!
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DISCLAIMER: This podcast and blog is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.
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