Take for instance sucking in the stomach. Many people that I see in my clinic with pelvic floor dysfunction also have a habit of sucking in their tummy.
Sucking in may be sexy in a swim suit, but this upward force of the diaphragm opposes our natural downward necessary functions like: digestion, elimination, menstruation, circulation and birth.
Not too sexy when you bloat, can’t poop, have menstrual cramps, and need to have a c-section.
So, let’s do a habit check: are you sucking in right now?
Many of us have been sucking in so long that we don’t even realize it. So, check again. Go to the mirror and lift up your shirt. If your are sucking in, you will see an upward pull of your abdominals at the bottom of the ribs.
In order to regain the optimal function of our “core”, sucking in needs to stop. Practice an abdominal release on your hands and knees. Feel the tummy relax and drop toward the floor. It may feel uncomfortable at first as the diaphragm relaxes back to its natural position. Start to become aware of how often you suck in during the day, and let it go. You can break the habit!