HOW TO TREAT DIASTASIS RECTI THE NATURAL WAY
Separation of the abdominal muscles or diastasis recti. Haven’t you heard about it yet? Approximately 80% of women suffer from it after having a baby!
It has nothing to do with labour or what status our abdominal muscles were before. During pregnancy as the fetus grows, the abdominal pressure increases. The role of the skin, ab muscles and connective tissues is to stretch and loosen to follow the growth of the belly. When it can’t expand any more, the connective tissue can stretch and widen. This is why, after the birth of the baby, the tissue can’t pull back the rectus abdominis to its place, and so there will be a gap lengthwise on the abdominal wall. Due to the damage the abs are not going to be able or can do only reduced muscle work.
This state not only means aesthetic problem, but causes physiological symptoms as well: certain movements will be more difficult, such as bending forward, coughing, sneezing, or incontinency issues. If untreated, you will eventually train the body to rely on other muscles (e.g. hip flexors) to stabilize the pelvis because the anterior core is now useless to them. So it is important to look after this condition.
HOW CAN YOU IDENTIFY IF YOU HAVE DIASTASIS RECTI?
- Lie down flat on your back, bend your knees, feet on the floor close to your buttocks.
- Take a few diaphragmatic breath and relax abs and glutes.
- Firmly press 2-3 fingers just above the belly button with the fingers and hands running vertically along the linea alba (connective tissue), fingertips facing towards the head.
- Tuck the chin toward the chest and slowly lift your head off the floor. See how far into the belly you can press the fingers.
- Repeat, the bellybutton down. Mark down the measurements.
So would you like to fix your diastasis the natural way? Now you can with the specific exercises of the LoveYourBelly method.
Where does LoveYourBelly come from?
The LoveYourBelly method has been developed in Hungary by Timea Bagyinka, recreational instructor, yoga and Pilates teacher. She has been researching in this topic for 10 years and 4 years ago the 18 exercises of LoveYourBelly was born. Due to the special body positioning and movements the abdominal muscles can recover very fast. Noticing the success of the program, Timea has been approached by doctors from the Semmelweis Medical University to do scientific research on it. The goal is to introduce and teach this phenomenon and method at the medical university as well.
The essence of LoveYourBelly lies in the special body position and breathing technique, which stabilizes the damaged muscles based on anatomy, so that they can shorten during exercise, and so develop. During the workshop, ladies will learn these efficient exercises and how to breathe and perform them, as well as talk about diet and eating habits thoroughly. This is necessary, because with damaged abs it’s not recommended to do any intense aerob exercise, (which normally helps with fat loss), thus moms are struggling to get back to their ideal weight. The damaged muscle must be ‘off loaded’, so that to avoid developing physical symptoms in the body. Because of these reasons it is necessary to change mothers’ lifestyle, starting with the most important pillar, nutrition. Based on feedback from the last few years, (by practicing the exercises, 3 times a week) a 3-4 finger abs separation can be closed within 6-8 weeks. To sign up for the next LoveYourBelly workshop happening in Dubai, contact Andrea Balazs, certified LoveYourBelly instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or +971 50 5842934.
ABOUT ANDREA: Andrea is a certified holistic health coach and Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga since 2010, helping mothers to stay calm, in shape and get prepared for childbirth through gentle yoga exercises and breathing methods. She is a mother to a little girl and yoga has helped her having a natural, calm and drug free delivery. As a health coach Andrea focuses on whole foods detox and weight-loss programs, and women’s health to help her clients with more balanced hormones, healthy eating pre- and post-natal, and a range of health and digestive challenges. She is also the sole provider of the LoveYourBelly method in the UAE, which designed to help abdominal muscle recovery after birth, especially for those who have diastasis recti. Connect with her at www.yoganutrition.com