It’s important to understand the importance of the pelvic floor. That is, if we want to have amazing orgasms and we don’t want to worry so much about leaking. Strong pelvic floor muscles make all that happen and help to support pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowel, and rectum. Don’t feel bad if you need a little help locating your pelvic floor muscles or if you don’t know what to do with them once you find them. As it turns out, there’s an easy way to tighten up with a classic move from t’ai chi – according to Carol Feezell. And she should know. Carol is the creator of Great Energy t’ai chi and has devised her own programs to increase energy and improve intimacy. Oh, and I should mention, she’s discovered the secret to the sexual fountain of youth. Read this quote from a blog she wrote for Activ Intimates last year. Sorry for burying the lead.
“Could it be this daily morning practice that is giving me back my 'groove'? I did some research and learned that keeping energy flowing from our energy center, located low in the abdomen, along with healthy and fully functioning kidneys is the long-believed secret (according to ancient Chinese t’ai chi texts) to a healthy libido! I had discovered another and much less talked about benefit to t’ai chi.”
It seems like more people should be doing t’ai chi, right? Strengthening our pelvic floor muscles is the perfect place to start. Here is a step-by-step from Carol herself. She told me that for most people it will take about six weeks to achieve a lasting change to your pelvic floor muscles; however, be advised that it could take as long as 3 months. The good news is you’ll begin to notice changes after two weeks or so and that will motivate you to continue on.
You can do this easy strengthening exercise any time, any place. Most people prefer to be lying down or sitting in a chair. Here’s how to get it done in the comfort of your own bed before you start your day.
Assume the Position
Lay on your back
Place your hands on your belly to focus your breathing
Use hands to focus your movement and your breath
Inhale slowly and deeply – in through the nose
Stay relaxed and allow yourself to gently transition from asleep to awake
Exhale slowly and completely – out through the mouth
With the exhale, relax your entire body and
at the end of your exhale → add a Kegel
Tighten the muscle you would use
to stop a flow of urine as you end your exhale
Don’t tighten your face, arms, legs, stomach or bottom
Repeat for 10 to 20 deep slow breaths per day
Carol emphasized the importance of consistency and forming a daily habit – like brushing your teeth. That’s how we will reap the real-life benefits that can only happen with strong pelvic floor muscles.
You can find out more about Carol Feezell’s Great Energy T’ai Chi on her website:
You can also read the guest blogs written by Carol for Activ Intimates:
Let us know what happens when you add this simple T’ai Chi Kegel routine to your self-care repertoire. We love to read your comments!
More about Carol Feezell
Carol created Great Energy™ T’ai Chi after studying/learning the classic Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan-an, an ancient Chinese form of exercise. Careful attention to deep breathing, a slow warm-up of both joints and muscles and an emphasis on posture are the foundations of Great Energy™ T’ai Chi. Following a slow warm-up, students learn the slow, moving meditation (“form”) that is at the core of classic t’ai chi. Benefits include improved balance and strength, increased energy (energy flow to all regions of the body!) and lowered stress levels. Learn more about Carol on her website, Great Energy Follow Carol on LinkedIn.