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pelvic floor muscles

The Base of your body.

outline of female body from 2 angles. One view from the front showing the pelvic floor muscles at the base of the body. Several small muscles, left and right a mirror image with the body's midline the line of symmetry. The second view from behind showing the pelvic floor muscles contained within the bones of the pelvis and sacrum. The hip bones at each side extending upwards and out, demonstrating the shape of the female pelvis.

Your pelvic floor muscles:

Like a basket of muscles within

the bones of the pelvis.

outline of male body from 2 angles. One view from the front showing the male pelvic floor muscles which are more upright than the female equivalent. The second view from behind shows the pelvic floor muscles contained within the bones of the pelvis and sacrum. The whole pelvis narrower and more upright than the female.

The pelvis.

The bones of the pelvis and sacrum form a "ring of bone".

The "hole in the middle" is known as the pelvic canal.

The pelvic floor muscles span the pelvic canal, like a sling/hammock at the base of the body.

Pelvis seen from above. 

a picture of the bones of the pelvis seen from above. The whole in the middle of the pelvic bones is known as the pelvic canal. The pelvic floor muscles lie within the canal forming the base of the body. The pelvic floor muscles are several irregularly shaped  sheet-like muscles. Left and right sides are a mirror image Also labelled is the sacrum at the back of the pelvic and the pubic symphysis, midline at the front of the pelvis where the pubic bones meet.

The left and right pubic bones meet midline at the front, joined by the pubic symphysis.

The pelvic canal.

  Pelvis seen from above.

The pelvic canal - the "hole in the middle".

The shape of the pelvis and the pelvic canal differs between male and female.

The female pelvis is bigger and wider than the male pelvis.

The male pelvis is narrower than the female pelvis.

The pelvic canal is bigger, wider and more of an oval shape in the female pelvis compared to the male pelvis.

Pelvic floor muscles within the pelvic canal.

male and female body outline seen from behind tilted forwards a little to show the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles within the pelvic canal. The female pelvis and pelvic floor muscles are a round shape when seen from this view.  The male pelvis and pelvic floor muscles more of a triangle, with the base point at the front of the pelvis where the pubic symphysis is located.

The difference in shape of male and female pelvic canals means that the size and shape of the pelvic floor muscles also differs.

Muscles of the pelvic floor.

image of just the pelvic floor muscles. male and female. front view. The pelvic floor consists of several smaller muscles that form a cup/basket-like shape. The female pelvic floor is wider, towards a circular-shaped basket.  The male pelvic floor is narrower and more upright.  Midline, between the muscles a hole can be seen this is where the anus and rectal sphincter are located. These muscles provide the base foundation for movement when active. Left and right sides are should be balanced.

The pelvic floor is made up of several muscles forming a cup at the base of the torso, with the front edge tilted forwards.

Left and right sides are a mirror image, either side of midline.

The anus lies midline between the pelvic floor muscles.

pelvic floor in detail

Your pelvic floor muscles -

the Base of your body.

The pelvic floor muscles are the "Base" of your Base-Line, providing the solid foundation necessary for healthy and pain-free movement.

Base-Line muscles

Your pelvic floor muscles -

at the Base of your body which

should be strong and secure.

human figure seen from the front-side showing how central the base-line muscles are to the body. The pelvic floor muscles link to the rectus abdominis muscles via the pubic symphysis. The linea alba between the rectus abdominis muscles is our primary guide for body alignment extending from the pubic symphysis to the breastbone.

Learn to activate your

pelvic floor muscles.

Read up about Kegel exercises to get you started. Use several sources to find the info that works for you!

Human outline with the pelvic floor muscles in-situ. Male. A triangular-shaped basket at the base of the body.

Picture your pelvic floor muscles in your mind.

Imagine them contracting and feel for them working.

It will take time to learn to fully activate your pelvic floor muscles if you are not used to using them.

Human outline with the pelvic floor muscles in-situ. Female. Like a roundish basket of muscles at the base of the body.

Strive for a feeling of balance, maintaining activation of your pelvic floor muscles in all positions.

Keep working at it.

It will become easier the more you practice.

Build the connection between body and mind.

Feedback from your

pelvic floor muscles.

As you focus on contracting your pelvic floor muscles you will become more aware of the sensory feedback that they provide. The information about where they are and what condition they are in.

The pelvic floor muscles are base point for our 'body-map in the mind' and the sensory feedback these muscles provide is important to developing this connection between body and mind.

Awakens our sense of conscious proprioception - our sense of positioning and movement.

conscious proprioception

Increased awareness of base point for our 'body-map in the mind' and our positioning allows us to improve our posture.

posture

Improving posture - learning to use the body correctly - means better health, both physically and mentally.

human figure seen from the front, looking up the body with the baseline muscles shown.  The pelvic floor muscles forming a basket at the base of the body.  The solid foundation from where the rectus abdominis muscles extend. The rectus abdominis muscles are like to 2 parallel stacks of panels of muscle that go up the from of the abdomen from base to mid chest. The body's core pillar of strength either side of the linea alba the body's baseline for alignment.

Connective tissue of the pelvic region.

The anatomy of the pelvic region is complicated.

As well as the pelvic floor muscles there are other muscles and many connective tissue structures (fascia, tendons, ligaments etc).

Knowing the anatomical details isn't important but it's good to appreciate the complexity of the pelvic region to help understand why this region is the source of so much pain for many people and why correct usage of the pelvic floor muscles is central to a healthy, balanced body.

pelvis anatomy pictures

pelvis, pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues multiple views. The anatomy is complex.

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 OPTIMISING THE USE OF YOUR MUSCLES = BETTER HEALTH.

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