Pelvic Floor Muscle Training

For More Wellbeing

This muscular training conditions and re-conditions your pelvic floor muscles to enhance sexual pleasure and wellbeing; for women, also before as well as after child birth.

The Structure of the Pelvic Floor Network and Its Effects

picture2crop_0.jpgOur pelvic floor network is composed of several layers. The outermost layer is made up of ring-like muscles: the external sphincter muscle, the anus and the sphincter urethra. These muscles close the urinary passage, the rectum and the birth canal. If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, one tends to rely on only the external sphincter muscle instead of also the deeper muscles like the pubococcygeus (PC muscle). This weakness has a negative effect on urinary flow (incontinence), sexual function and child birth.

The PC - one of the Deeper Pelvic Floor Muscles

The Pubococcygeus muscle, often called PC, runs between the legs from the tail bone to the pubic bone like a wide sling. It lies inside the outer muscle layer of the pelvic floor. For men the PC is the base support of the bladder and the prostate. For women the PC is the base support of the bladder, part of the rectum, child birth canal and womb. To be more exact, the birth canal is not only firmly attached to the PC, but also passes through it.

The PC and Its Connection to Sexuality

The PC surrounds the vagina. This means that any weakness in this muscle affects the sexual function. The vagina can then, for example, not be stimulated the most efficient way, and the ability of the vaginal wall to exert pressure on the male sexual organ is weakened. Evidence shows that the muscles beneath the vaginal lining are well supplied with proprioceptive endings, which are sensitive to pressure, movement and stretching. So, a vagina supported by a strong muscular network from the PC will stimulate and allow the male sexual organ to stimulate it more efficiently.

Apart from the direct sexual benefit, the PC also provides support for the organs within the pelvic area. For women this support reduces child birth injuries and shortens delivery time.

Childbirth & a Weak PC

Childbirth can damage the PC, since the birth canal is not only firmly attached to the PC, but also passes through it. So, if the function of the PC is poor, the canal becomes flaccid and weak; and the movement of the baby through the vaginal wall may pinch or even tear it. If the PC muscle is weak already prior to childbirth, then the extreme stretch of the PC during childbirth, can even predispose it to the possibility of a long-term chronic weakness.

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The PC & Incontinence

The PC surrounds the urinary passages. If it is weak, it cannot squeeze the passages shut; resulting in incontinence. By the way, one small marginal note: Research has shown that men and women with incontinence problems also have problems with orgasm. As you can see, everything is connected!