Review: Creating Pelvic Floor Health by Shelly Prosko of PhysioYoga
First of all, I do not get paid for reviews. I find things I think I might like for my patients, or for myself, and I check them out and tell you about them.
As you should know, Shelly Prosko of PhysioYoga has been on our The Pelvic Health Podcast a couple of times already (and I have done a little blurb on them in this blog section but I am still learning how to link them
). She graciously gave us her time and just her Skype presence alone made me feel calm. Actually, just thinking of her makes me feel calm. Yes, it could also be because she is a fellow Canuck.
Treating patients with persistent pelvic pain is a passion of mine, as is educating myself on anything to do with the topic. I have had the priviledge these past few months of teaching a pelvic floor and relaxation class once a week for patients suffering with pain, especially pelvic pain. So when I heard Shelly was recording a two-part DVD for pelvic floor health (Creating Pelvic Floor Health with PhysioYoga) that incorporated pelvic floor relaxation and breathing, with online streaming capabilities for all of us waaay down here in Australia, I was excited to check it out. It surpassed my expectation!
Part A is everything I dreamed it would be. It is what I teach in my classes and what I teach to my new patients who need to learn how to breathe, where their pelvic floor is in general but also its connections to the breath and the rest of the body, and how to really gain some sensory awareness of this hidden muscle in order to be on the path to relaxing it. It is the lesson of awareness everyone needs before they try to relax it, or even work it. Her words are soft and allow people to feel safe so they can let go if need be. With beautiful music, her calm voice and a Canadian landscape I so miss, I was more than happy to have something concrete my patients could use at home in between our treatments.
Part B is the next logical step after becoming aware. She teaches how to safely integrate pelvic floor contraction and relaxtion with the breath but also with many movements of the body. When my patients with tension in their pelvic floor muscles learn to let go, I think it is really important they learn to let go after it has worked, as it does with every movement of the body, like getting off the bed or chair in the treatment room. The movements are simple enough in Part B in order to learn coordination of everything together.
Overall, I am more than pleased to recommend this to my patients, colleagues, friends and family, and I already have. Check out her 4 minute trailer here
Now, I cannot wait to check out her Level 2 and 3 with Neil Pearson!