Your Movement snack Series: the best abdominal movement you are not doing

My mum used to say
“Spalle aperte, pancia dentro”.

Which is the italian for
“lift the chest, belly in”.

It wasn’t directed to me really, as, as a good ballerina, my belly was always in and shoulders nicely open.

But, 20 years ago, these were the indications for good posture (posture referring to how something looks, vs alignment, which is how something works).

That has ingrained in our head a habit of constantly sucking the abdomen in, which now we know causes:

– pressure in the core cavity (hernia, pelvic floor leakage, diastasis, back pain anyone?)
– less movement as we are constantly tightening up the muscles (just think how much less you are free to move when you are all contracted into a specific position)

So, ladies and gents, let’s learn to RELEASE THE ABDOMEN!

In this 5′ video you will learn how to release your abdomen and pelvis floor muscles and then to contract them with greater force.

Mums-to-be and new mums, this is a great exercise to practice to prevent (or repair)

  • diastasis recti
  • and pelvic floor dysfunctions. 

Also, with this exercise, we learn to activate our TVA (transverse abdominal muscles), which are the best birthing muscles, as they work in the same direction of the uterus muscles during the expulsion phase of the delivery, making delivery much easier! Who doesn’t want that?

Can you feel the release and then the deep abdominal contraction? Does it not feel nice and satisfying 🙂 ?

Do this a few times every day and then take it to the world, when walking, standing, breastfeeding, dancing 🙂

Let me know how it feels!