By Abbey Doyle
Evansville Courier & Press, Ind.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is often hard for women to understand, said Zoe Sipes, owner of Bliss Yoga, which is offering an upcoming series of yoga classes focusing on pelvic health.
Symptoms can include urinary incontinence or stress incontinence, organ prolapse, painful sex, diminished libido, low back or sacroiliac joint pain, poor digestion and painful urination.
“Maybe you’ve gotten used to peeing a bit when you sneeze or the catch in your gait or holding your lower back when you sit down,” Sipes said. ” Perhaps you’ve chalked it up to getting older, or you didn’t think there was anything to be done. But yoga practice can help.”
Bliss Yoga is offering the class — Yoga for Women: Pelvic Balance — from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 8 and running through July 29. Sipes will also offer two 60-minute private yoga sessions — an intake session where she can assess the woman’s pelvic balance and provide her with a tailored yoga homework course and a second class to refine the skills already learned.
“Yoga is an integrative approach to healing the body, mind and soul through gentle, mindful movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation,” Sipes said. “It is uniquely suited to healing complex mind-body issues like pelvic imbalance and chronic pain.”
The cause of the pelvic floor issues could be a number of things — a result of abuse or trauma, pregnancy, childbirth or surgery, she said.
“When the pelvis and pelvic floor are out balance, the whole body is affected,” Sipes said. “The pelvic floor is a web of muscle and connective tissue that creates a base for the torso and spine. It can be hypertonic (too tight), hypotonic (too relaxed), or a mixture of both in different muscles. The resulting imbalance effects our breath, posture and even organ function.”