Fall session 2017
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 - 7:45pm
Aug 15 - Dec 5
Abundance Wellness Center
325 John Knox Rd, Tallahassee, FL
15 Class Pass $225
10 Class Pass $180
*Two payments accepted
Drop in $20
pelvic floor health
REHABILITATION SUPPORT FOR WOMEN
A PERSONAL NOTE: I am very excited to offer these classes on a weekly basis. For several years it has been my goal to open a class that I wished was offered to me, especially after giving birth. One out of every five American women suffer from some form of pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their lives, however it is rarely spoken of and too often left untreated. In my classes I seek to provide first of all a supportive environment that will address not only the physical challenges but the emotional ones as well, mainly feelings of guilt and shame that so many women carry with them. I hope to provide a space where students can feel comfortable in their own bodies and able to connect to their deep core muscles in a soft way. My goal is to utilize the wisdom and wonder of yoga, which I have been practicing for 17 years, to hold a class that is accessible to all, where small self discoveries can be revealed.
Yoga for pelvic floor health
Healthy pelvic floor muscles are required to support our inner organs by being strong and contractile, as well as being able to fully open, release and relax. Far too often women tend to either accept muscle weakness as a natural outcome of having given birth or aging, or, on the other end, far too often women tend to brace the pelvis, suffering from hypertension and pain. In these yoga classes, I take a holistic approach that addresses these issues in a gentle yet specific way that makes the class suitable to all women regardless of age and level of experience with yoga.Guided by such an encompassing approach the class focuses on alignment, strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness. Classes emphasize deep breathing to calm the nervous system and to better facilitate the relationship between the breath and pelvic health. Learning a range of muscle tone and understanding when to accentuate and when to let go allows the student to better understand their own patterns of use in daily function. We learn to understand the pelvic floor both in isolation as well as an inseparable part of the whole. In addition to the yoga practice that includes postures to strengthen the supporting muscles, movement, sound, breathing techniques and stretching, I draw from a wide range of methods. These include core work inspired by the Pilates methodology, visualization, mindfulness and body scan meditations.
"I recently took the yoga class lead by Leah Wrobel concentrating on pelvic floor relaxation. Leah has an expert and unique way of helping you visualize the pelvic floor itself and release and relax it! I have found that learning how to relax and stretch my pelvic floor is instrumental in my recovery from pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pain. Leah has a soft voice and a tender touch when needed. She is very attentive and caring to each yoga participant to make sure each participant is getting what they need out of the class. She is just wonderful!I highly recommend this class!"
- Kim Madden
"Being a Pilates instructor and Performer, I have a had a wealth of pelvic floor education, however due to a serious back injury, I was left with loss of sensation and episodic back/pelvic spasms. I was able to put together an individual curriculum in which I maintained a way to navigate my previous injury. It wasn't until I took Leah's Pelvic Floor classes that I immediately began to feel a healthy and positive sensation in an otherwise completely dormant area. After just two classes, I found a confidence in movement again and a happiness around an otherwise painful area that I simply could not access. Leah's classes have not only helped my personal life, as a performer and lover of fitness, but have also sparked an exciting new way to research this material as an educator! Leah is able to build a community that feels like family and that you will return to again and again."
- Loren Davidson