What the Heck Is a Kegel and Should You Do Them?

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What is a kegel? Simply put, a kegel is an engagement of the pelvic floor muscles. It has been found through substantial research to be effective at curing or improving urinary incontinence. There is also ongoing research into kegeling as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse.  Kegel 2.0 vs. “Kegeling” Before we go further, I […]

The Fascinating History of the Kegel

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Ah, the kegel. Easily, the most widely known women’s health exercise in the world. (Not a bad reputation, considering that they’re entirely invisible to the casual observer.) Maybe I’m the only uber-nerd who deeply needed to know where the kegel came from. Or, maybe you’re oddly interested, too? I dove into the depths of the […]

How to organize your life to get $*!# done

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I want you to banish the word busy. Seriously, it doesn’t serve any of us to run around feeling like we have too. much. to. do. Instead, I’d love to help you feel productive. When you’re busy, you’re panicked. When you’re productive, you accomplish more because you’ve raised your expectations for yourself. As a result, […]

Finally! Everything you ever needed to know about yoga for pain relief

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I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear: I do not have a magic wand, and I cannot magically heal your pain with yoga. In fact, yoga for pain relief isn’t always the right answer. However, what I can tell you is this: Whether you have low-back pain, bone spurs, joint pain […]

Everything You Need to Know to Set (and Achieve!) Life-Changing Goals

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‘Tis the season for resolutions. And rather than indulge my inner curmudgeon and tell you about the horrible retention rates of New Year’s resolutions, or suggest that once-a-year goal-setting is meaningless for creating permanent change, I want to encourage you to just GO FOR IT and give yourself some crazy-ambitious goals for this year. And, […]

Food, Dieting, and Your Pelvic Floor

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Let’s just say it: This is not the season to be on a “diet.” Whether you’ve decided that you’re just going to cheat for the next two days (or two weeks) before you restart your diet, or if you’re trying to white knuckle your way through eating healthy all holiday season, you might need to […]

Your body needs you to REST!

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Can we all just chill out for a sec? Today’s topic is one that is super-important to me, and in my opinion way under-valued in the fitness and wellness world. Sure, we’ve all heard about “self care” but usually that image of self-care looks like drinking a glass of wine in the tub – not […]

Kegeling isn’t working! What am I doing wrong?

My clients have 99 problems, and I would say about 87 of them have to do with kegeling. Questions around “I can’t get my pelvic floor to engage at all,” or “I’m doing my kegels daily but I still have urinary leaking,” are some of the most common questions I get. First, let’s start with, […]

Diaper rash, potty training, and what it could mean for pelvic health

Disclaimer: I am positing my own theories here about the connection between childhood potty training and adult pelvic health. I do not want to be alarmist and make you think you’ve scarred your child for life. I do not have research to suggest anything of the sort, but I want to invite you to think […]

4 Secrets to Smarter Stretching

It’s hard enough to make time to exercise – stop wasting it doing a stretching routine that’s not effective! Here are 4 ways you can immediately make your stretching more effective: Lighten Up If you’re pushing so deep into your stretches that you’re sweating and holding your breath, you’re too deep! If you’re pushing really […]