When I was first learning about the pelvic floor and core work I would ask every course instructor what their best core cue was. The answer was never what I was hoping for – ‘it depends’ they would say. Ten years later and I am now the person saying ‘it depends’.
I love using imagery and visualization with women to help them connect to their pelvic floor and I can never tell who will respond best to which cue or image. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. What works for one, will not work for another. It is not about THE best core cue, it is about THE best core cue FOR THAT PERSON.
During my initial consultations with people I take them through a series of functional assessments to determine what, if any, non-optimal core stabilization strategies or postural adaptations they may have. I then teach them how to release those strategies then re-assess and work with them to find their best core cue.
One cue that seems to be a consistent favorite is jellyfish. Does it work for you?
It is the coming together and the upward movement that I am wanting you to connect with here.
Try a few breaths – if it works and the cue helps you, stick with it.
Some Other Visualizations to Try
If the jellyfish imagery didn’t feel right, here are a few other cues you can try.
Try them out and see if one resonates with you and then apply that imagery whenever you do your pelvic floor exercise. Inhale and expand, exhale and propel.
I cover this extensively in my 28 Day Kegel Challenge and most participants report having a reduction in symptoms and some even being leak free by day 14!