Kegels and SensualityAug 23, 2021
My name is Kim Vopni, and I am known as the Vagina Coach. Kegels are a huge part of what I preach. My most recent book, Your Pelvic Floor, launched in March and covers A LOT about kegels and pelvic floor exercises.
In short, a Kegel is a contraction of the pelvic floor muscles but also a gentle lift followed by a relaxation or release of the lift and contraction.
Kegels increase blood flow and circulation, which 'in the moment' can heighten arousal and sensation. I often recommend practicing kegels while enjoying some self-love too!
Kegels build strength and endurance in the pelvic floor muscles, which can improve sensation and may strengthen orgasm as well.
Kegels also help reduce symptoms or prevent things like incontinence and organ prolapse that can interfere with one’s desire and/or enjoyment of sex.
To do a Kegel, I have people tune into their breath while straddling a yoga bolster (mimics a sex position, and the roundness of the bolster presses into the pelvic floor for biofeedback). I have them close their eyes and breathe ... Inhale laterally into the ribs, soften and expand the belly and imagine blossoming your vulva. On the exhale, imagine hugging and then drawing a finger or penis or toy deeper into you.... release on the inhale and blossom again.
Using biofeedback can help. Use your own finger to see if you can feel the gentle hug and lift of the finger followed by the release. The release is just as important as the hug and lift...for some, it is even more important.
If you have a partner, you can use their finger or penis if it is a male partner. An evaluation by a pelvic health physiotherapist is my gold standard.
I have another playlist called 24 Days of Kegels
The 28-Day Challenge and Buff Muff Membership
I recommend checking out my comprehensive pelvic health education and fitness programs on my Buff Muff App. The most complete Pelvic Floor & Kegel exercise App to strengthen the pelvic floor.
The Buff Muff 28-Day Challenge (housed in the App) gets you started, and the Annual membership keeps you progressing so you can laugh, run, jump, and lift without the pesky leaks and annoying discomfort of prolapse symptoms.
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