Pelvic Floor and Fascia Strengthening

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The Genius Life 62 with Lauren Roxburgh

Max interviews Lauren Roxburgh, a best-selling author, wellness educator, and speaker. Lauren is an expert on all things fascia, alignment, the mind-body connection and movement medicine. Her new book is called The Power Source: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.

I originally listened to this podcast at the height of my acupuncture when I was undergoing an intense weekly regime back in 2019.

As is often the case through my journey of discovery and experimentation, I moved on to other things. It is just now, when I have reached a point where I need another pivot to change up my recovery, that I am once again heading back into acupuncture territory with my good friend Troy Sing at Health Wise.

Three years later the importance of this podcast and what it taught me has returned full circle, where I am ready to once again to focus more on my mobility and importance of fascia.

When I increased my collagen intake, I could feel connections in my body coming together. At the same time, I focused on pelvic floor exercise to strengthen what I believe more and more to be the most important area of the body to have control of.

As an example, whilst focusing on the exercise recommended in this book, through concentration, I have activated some of the deep lying muscles which have been tense and dormant.

This process can feel a little intense. Because by activating such  dormant muscles it induces a cramp response. The automatic response to this is to relax out of the cramp. But what I try to do is keep the cramp feeling engaged so I can feel the muscle activate. So I literally ride through the cramp pain until it dies down through activation, rather than relaxation.

What You Will Learn in This Podcast

In this episode Laura teaches the importance of fascia, which is predominantly collagen, and how this interacts with the power centres of the body. The ancient civilisations called this Qi. We in our modern times sadly often refer to this as “woowoo”. I strongly believe there is more to Qi than woowoo, and we should never forego millennia of anecdotal experience in favour of modern science.

Laura also touches on the importance of movement and not sitting still in modern day enforced environments like driving. Which refers nicely to my most recent writings on “car dancing

Other things you will learn from this podcast:

  • How your body can become more receptive to the changes required to thrive even if it’s been stubbornly resistant to them, and merely surviving, for years.
  • How to loosen up and support your fascia, which is connective tissue beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, and closes and separates muscles and other internal organs.
  • How to strengthen up your pelvic floor muscles, which are crucial to both preventing lower back pain and helping your sexual function.
  • How to practice stress hygiene so you aren’t living in a state of high alert all the time.
  • The simple tools you can use to support your posture, whether you work a desk job, drive a cab, or sit at home on your couch all day.
  • And much more!

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