The Reverse Kegel for Men and Women | FemFusion Fitness
How to Do Reverse Kegels
Kegels are well known for their ability to tighten the pelvic floor, reduce incontinence, improve sexual enjoyment, and help with childbirth. Reverse kegels can also help with these goals. Each time you do a reverse kegel, you relax, lengthen, and stretch the pelvic floor, which may help to relieve pain or tension in the area. Men and women can perform reverse kegels, and you can do them anywhere without any special equipment!
Go to the bathroom before attempting a reverse kegel.Doing reverse kegels may cause you to urinate or have a bowel movement. This is because they involve the same muscles that you use when you go to the bathroom. To avoid having an accident, make sure that your bladder and bowels are empty first.
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.You can do reverse kegels in any position that feels comfortable to you. Sit in a chair, on the floor, or propped up on pillows. Alternatively, lie on your back with your legs flat on the floor, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, or with your legs resting on a sofa or chair.
- Keep in mind that you can do reverse kegels anywhere. No one will be able to tell that you are doing them, so you could do them while you are waiting for the bus, during a business lunch, or in the waiting room at the dentist.
Close your eyes or focus on an object in front of you.This is optional, but you may find it helpful to relax and concentrate on your pelvic floor muscles if your eyes are closed or focused on a focal point. If you want to use a focal point, try lighting a candle and gazing at the flame, or choose an object in front of you to look at, such as a picture or a trinket on a bookshelf.
- Make sure to keep your gaze soft if you choose to focus on an object. This will help you to avoid creating tension in your face and possibly in other areas of your body. Let your eyelids droop slightly and blink as needed.
Identifying and Relaxing Your Pelvic Floor
Contract your pelvic floor muscles enough to identify them.Imagine you are trying to stop yourself from peeing.These are your pelvic floor muscles. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles just enough to identify them.Give them a slight squeeze and hold it. As you hold, notice where the muscles are located and how it feels to squeeze them.
- This may feel very odd to you if you have never done kegels before. Keep in mind that it becomes easier and more natural with practice.
Release the muscles to let your pelvic floor drop.Now that you have identified the muscles required to raise your pelvic floor, release them and inhale as you do so. This will help your pelvic floor drop. You should feel a sensation like your pelvic floor is moving downwards. Let it go completely.
- Remember that dropping your pelvic floor is the same action you use when you pee or poop, so relaxing these muscles should feel good.
- You can relax your pelvic floor muscles for as long as you are able. Try counting to 5 if this is your first time and work up to relaxing them for 10 or even 15 seconds.
Lift your hips up to improve the stretch if you are lying down.If you want to intensify the stretch that you get from a reverse kegel, do them while you are lying down and lift your hips up as you breathe in and release. This will allow the pelvic floor muscles to lengthen even more and deepen the stretch.
- Do not tilt your hips. Just lift them off the ground slightly.
Repeat the exercise 10 times and do 3 sets daily.To get the most benefit from reverse kegels, it is helpful to practice them daily. Aim for 3 sets of 10 repetitions and add more reps and sets as your pelvic floor muscles get stronger. Only repeat the release portion of the exercise unless you need to re-identify your pelvic floor muscles.
- If you experience discomfort and can only handle doing a few of these at first, that is fine! Start wherever you are comfortable and work up from there.
- Reverse kegels may be advised if you are having pain in your pelvic floor muscles. This may be due to tension and relaxing your pelvic floor with reverse kegels may help to relieve the pain.
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