Have you ever felt that you could be doing better for your female clients? As a health or fitness professional, you have a lot of the pelvic health knowledge you need to help your clients, but they just don't seem to be responding or achieving their dream goals. Sure, their symptoms have improved a bit, but they still can't run, jump, lift heavy weights or take part in what they want to do. They might be ante-natal, post-natal or never been pregnant – they may have incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and/or diastasis. You might have been taught that these high impact, high load exercises and activities are "bad" things to do, and certainly, not everyone can go back to doing these things...
...but what if we were taught things that aren't quite true, that the evidence doesn't seem to support?
I have found that it took a major rethink of my whole approach to Physiotherapy to help my clients achieve their dream goals within minutes, not weeks. I started challenging what I believed and was taught, examined the evidence and listened to my clients. In short, I had to change the model I was working with because too many clients weren't getting truly better.
Research actually tells us this is true – systematic reviews have shown that the things we thought were useful aren't actually doing what we thought – they don't work for the reasons we thought! We know that "modalities" – all of them for back pain – don't really work better than anything else, but all are better than doing nothing. Some might be better in combinations, but there's not enough evidence for that yet.
Not only that, but the evidence on how much pressure is exerted on the pelvic floor (Intraabdominal Pressure or IAP) is not what we were traditionally led to believe. Things like crunches are less pressure on average on the pelvic floor than simply standing out of a chair!
Since 40% of women will have pelvic organ prolapse, around 50% of women who exercise suffer from incontinence, and 1 in 7 to 1 in 3 women will suffer from pelvic pain during their lifetime, don't you think they deserve to have a fighting chance at doing the things they truly want to do?
Let me tell you about Vicki, an attendee of The Female Athlete Course, just like this one you are going to sign up for. Vicki is a fitness professional who developed pelvic organ prolapse and suffered from the symptoms quite terribly. She had been doing everything she could to try to educate herself and help herself and her clients. She was unable to even lift up 16kg (35lbs) without feeling the symptoms. She felt quite hopeless and that her exercise, an outlet for her, was unable to be done again like she used to like she needed to.
During the consultation, Vicki disclosed many things which were quite upsetting for her. Listening to her story in full was so important for her – she needed to be heard. By demonstrating to her that she could lift 16kg (35lbs) without symptoms in less than a minute gave her hope and encouragement. By showing her throughout the course that she can do things she didn't think was possible, she was able to finish the weekend with a deadlift of 70kg (155lbs) without any symptoms at all.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? But it isn't. It happens all the time and I get emails and messages from previous attendees all the time, telling me how they have been using what they learned on the course and how it has been changing lives.
You are already a good therapist or fitness professional. You already change people's lives. I genuinely want to acknowledge that. But you want to be better. You want to help more people. You want to learn more about how to do the things I did with Vicki.
That's what this course does.
Both the in-person and online courses have evolved to be active and experiential learning. This course seeks to break the mould of talking AT you and trying to embody the principle of "Experience Before Knowledge" because it provides more background and understanding of the concepts I use through experiencing it and then discussing the thinking and knowledge that support it.
What this course is not is more "tools in the toolbox". No! This course is about radically challenging your beliefs, simplifying the model we use and then applying it to our clients. You might not actually change the things you do, but I hope you change the reasons why you do them!
I have a mission to assist in improving access to quality information and care for all women – to be able to truly empower them to do the most they can, to achieve their dreams, to live life the way they want to, without fear or hesitation. To do that, I need help – I need health and fitness professionals to join with me to make this a reality.
Will you join me on this mission to change the world? I would love to have you on the team!