Hey there, my lovelies!

I hope this little article helps you discover what I think is the best muscle in the body – the pelvic floor.  There have been many times when I’ve spoken about leaking pee and how the pelvic floor is a part of that mystery only to have someone gingerly come up to me to say – I had no idea my pelvic floor was in that part of my body and it was that complicated!

I say gingerly as people feel silly that they didn’t know.  But it’s not silly at all.  Can you remember when we were officially taught about this important muscle?  Even as personal trainers, fitness instructors and dare I say physios, we are taught about the movement and function of nearly every muscle in the body except the pelvic floor.  

I’m not sure why this is.  Perhaps due to the stigma and shame attached to it’s function of wee and poop or perhaps because it is so important it has to have it’s own speciality. Whatever, the reason I hope this quickly and simple tells you where you can find your pelvic floor.

First things first, let’s get acquainted with some anatomy. Place your fingertips on your waist.  Your thumbs wrap around your back and fingers point downwards as if they are going into trouser pockets, run your fingers downwards towards your knickers/ pants / boxers you will feel some boney nodules at the front.  These are your hip bones otherwise know as your anterior superior iliac spine or ASIS for short.

Now keep going until your fingers reach your pubic hair area, you should feel another boney part in the centre this time.  This is your pubic bone.

I now want you to change direction and place your fingers on your lower back.  Find your bum crease and gently move a finger down your bum crease and you should feel a bone (your sacrum)  and then come to an end known as your tailbone or otherwise known as your coccyx. For some, this area may feel sore. 

Okay, good job. The last two boney parts I want you to find are your sitz bones otherwise known as your ischial tuberosities. Place your hand on one side of your bum cheeks. Travel that hand down right under. I have to dig deep for this one hehehe, but you should feel a boney landmark and the same on the other side. Bingo, those are your sitz bones.

Okay, imagine a hammock made of muscles, ligaments, and tissues cradling your bladder, uterus (if you have one), and rectum. Yes, it’s like a magical net, preventing everything from turning into a chaotic circus down there. The main attachment sites of this muscle are all those boney sites I’ve just asked you to find bar the hip bones (though these will become important in another story). That’s right, your pelvic floor runs from your pubic bone, all the way to your tailbone and stretches out to the sitz bones like a beautiful diamond shape.

But wait, this isn’t one big muscle. The pelvic floor actually comprises many muscles, each doing a slightly different job. The pelvic floor muscle also has 3 layers – wow!

 

Let’s talk about layer 1.  This is the layer that would be closest to your knickers (if you wear them). This is known as the superficial layer and has muscles with really big names like bulbospongiosus, ischiocavernosus, perineal body and external anal sphincter.  Damn, why couldn’t they just say Sharon, Mary, Sonia and Denise? Anyway, this lovely lot  plays a part in sexual function, urinary (pee) and faecal (poop) control.  Please, don’t ask me in what world we were designed where the good times shared space with the waste disposal system 🙄 Proof that God is a man 😆

 

Moving on we have layer 2 – The Uro-Genital Sphincter. This is responsible for urinary control.  It’s the one you berate when pee running for the bus.  It’s individual muscles are uretherovaginalis and compressor uretherae.

 

Finally Layer 3 which is the deepest layer – Levator Ani.  This is responsible for helping to support your organs (bladder, uterus and rectum).  The muscles that make up the levator Ani are pubococcygeus, iliococcygeus and puborectalis. They also control pee and poop.  Really super important – the ruler of life.  

 

My Dad once told me a joke but now I think it’s law.  It went like this:

 

Parts of the body were in a meeting, all arguing about who should be in charge

 

“I should be in charge,” said the brain , “Because I run all the body’s systems, so without me nothing would happen.”

“I should be in charge,” said the blood , “Because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you’d waste away.”

“I should be in charge,” said the stomach,” Because I process food and give all of you energy.”

“I should be in charge,” said the legs, “because I carry the body wherever it needs to go.”

“I should be in charge,” said the eyes, “Because I allow the body to see where it goes.”

“I should be in charge,” said the rectum, “Because I’m responsible for waste removal.”

All the other body parts laughed at the rectum And insulted them, so in a huff, they shut down tight. Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, the stomach was bloated, the legs got wobbly, the eyes got watery, and the blood was toxic. They all decided that the rectum should be the boss

The Moral of the story? Even though the others do all the work…. The ass hole is usually in charge.

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

The real moral of the story in my eyes is that if you have pelvic floor issues it really affects your life! 

Anyway, I hope that cleared up where your pelvic floor muscle is and how amazing and intricate your body is!