Strong Friend Danielle White: Pelvic Floor and Core Coach
Let's talk about your pelvic floor
An essential part of our system and yet so little discussed.
As you will see, I was delighted to have met Danielle while she was speaking on a panel. It's a major part of my job to keep learning about how I can better help my clients through their life phases, help them prevent potential problems, prepare for changes and as rehab.
There are so many issues where you pelvic floor plays a role and often symptoms can be misleading.
This is a very special Strong Friend interview and we will be discussing more on this subject in the future.
Please meet Danielle and read on to learn a little about your pelvic floor.
Tell us about what you do?
I am a Women’s Pelvic floor and core coach and soft tissue therapist teaching the Holistic Core Restore® programme to help women through all life phases.
I combine, pelvic floor and core movements with remedial massage and therapy to help women from postnatal recovery such as an abdominal separation and c-section through to abdominal surgery scar massage after a hysterectomy to help them reconnect back to their bodies.
Describe the journey that you there?
As a soft tissue therapist, I began to see many new mums with aches and pains.
One new mum came to me needing a massage for her stiff neck and shoulders that she had been experiencing from feeding and lifting her baby. During the session, she began to tell me about the concerns she had with how her pelvic floor was feeling. She had noticed a heaviness and dragging and didn’t really know what to do or where to go (After being pointed in the direction, she was experiencing a prolapse after birth).
After she left, I began my research in women’s health and realised that many women experience problems with their pelvic floors and struggle to know where to go to get help.
As my journey continued, I realised it wasn’t just about supporting women that had already experienced problems but also educating women on the best things to do for their body during each life phase.
What are some of the highs and lows of your job?
I love seeing women see those small changes that make a big difference in their day such as running for a bus and not leaking, or being able to return to their sport and exercise they love feeling strong, confident and not in any pain.
The most difficult thing is supporting women who want to get back to exercise as quickly as possible, especially after birth. Helping women understand the journey of postnatal healing and recovery makes a big difference, and when new mums focus on building strong foundations with their core and pelvic floor first, will help them go back to doing what they love, rather than jumping straight back into bootcamp style classes when they aren’t quite ready.
What is the pelvic floor and why is it so important?
The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and designed to support your pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and rectum) so they can do the work they need to, to help your body function well.
The pelvic floor muscles work with the breath and the other core muscles to maintain pressure in the stomach so you can move and lift with ease giving you a good base of support.
What is the one thing that you wish people knew about their pelvic floor?
That common problems such as stress incontinence are a common occurrence, but it is not normal!
Women should not settle for “that’s what happens when you get older” as this is not true and so much work can be done to strengthen the pelvic floor and core for life and there are lots of therapists and clinicians that can help.