You've been told that leaking is "normal" after having kids, but deep down you want it to stop.
You've been told to "just relax" before having sex, but every time someone utters that to you, you think "if it was that easy, wouldn't I be doing it?!"
You've been dealing with constipation ever since you could remember, have tried every elimination diet, and still can't get to the root of why you can't let it go.
Imagine finally realizing these issues are not "just in your head."
Imagine learning that there actually IS a reason why these things are happening.
Imagine no longer buying into the garbage rhetoric that your body gives up on you after a certain age or life experience...and finally getting answers other than "it just is what it is."
You know the "pelvic floor" is important cuz you're hearing it all over the damn place, but you have no idea what it is, what it does, how to work it...not to mention you're sitting there like "does everyone even have one of these things!?"
Finally Floored Foundations: Beyond Kegels is my DIY virtual course that teaches you all about one of the most important parts of your body that you have no idea how to condition: the pelvic floor. Your mom never told you about it, your friends never told you about it, even your MD never told you about it: that's where I come in!
Being part of the literal core of your body, it continues to amaze me that people are not educated on what their floor is, does, or how to condition it beyond doing a thousand kegels at a stop light. We need to give ourselves (and our bodies) way more credit. Finally Floored Foundations: Beyond Kegels will lay the groundwork you need to start taking charge of your pelvic health, whether you've owned a vagina for 18 or 80 years. It's never too early or too late to start learning how to condition one of the most important parts of your body.
Upon completion of this course you will:
Learn how to recognize whether your pelvic floor may need some TLC
Feel confident and informed when discussing your pelvic health with your healthcare team
Become powerful AF in knowing your options instead of accepting band-aide fixes and surgery
Understand the ins and outs of your body (literally)
Learn basic exercises to get you started on your pelvic health journey (and it goes way beyond kegels!)
So, what makes Finally Floored Foundations: Beyond Kegels different from other pelvic floor courses?
One of the things I found when putting on workshops and events was that there is still a lot of shame surrounding our vaginal and vulvar health (sometimes I forget that I do this for a living, so while I'm screaming things from the rooftops, many people are not comfortable doing the same). As a result, even though I knew there was a need, many people would not sign up for these events due to embarrassment.
And because I understand how shame and the nervous system affect the pelvic floor, I wanted this information to be as accessible to anyone who needs it but isn't yet ready to ask outright. One of my main goals is to remove shame from not only our bodies but from seeking information revolving around some not-so-pretty topics: and I want to help you do this in a way that makes sense for you.
This course also is unlike other pelvic health workshops because I'm not going to throw a ton of kegels and bridges and ball squeezes at you: I'm going to give you things that will actually matter and, by the end of our time together, you'll know exactly why they matter. The more of an active participant you are in every aspect of life, the better that quality of life will be. Promise!
Presented by Dr. Melissa Cioffi, PT,
Founder & CEO New Quest Physical Therapy, PLLC
Dr. Mel is a licensed physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and women's pelvic floor dysfunction. Known for her outspoken and unapologetic ways of expression, Dr. Mel is passionate about lending a voice to all folks with vaginas who have been left unheard and unseen by the medical world. She believes that with better education and community outreach, more people will be able to enjoy their lives to the fullest extent instead of sitting on the sidelines, watching them go by. We don't have time for putting up and shutting up around here!
What you'll get from this virtual course:
When: TBD (if you're on the waitlist you'll get email updates on when this goes live: I'm planning for late fall 2022/early winter 2023)
Format: 45-60 min of instruction with action steps that you can start using right away
Once the course goes live, an email will be sent within 24-48 hours of registration with instructions for how to access course materials!
**Please keep in mind, if you have questions about any of the material, I cannot answer any personal medical questions, as I have not formally evaluated you. This course is not meant to diagnose or treat any specific condition and is meant to be taken as general education and exercise information**
Who is this course for?
People who think that kegels are the only exercise you can do for the pelvic floor
People who believe they may have a pelvic floor issue and aren't sure if they should ask for help
People who do not have a pelvic floor issue but want to learn how to prevent one
Postpartum people (no matter how many years postpartum!)
People who are thinking of getting pregnant
People who have ever been pregnant
People who never plan on getting pregnant and don't realize they would benefit from pelvic floor conditioning too
People who have a vagina
Ready to get out of the dark and get your damn life back?
Let's do this!