Kegels and SensualityAug 24, 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 which covers A LOT about kegels and pelvic floor exercise.
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 Buff Muff App
The Buff Muff App will help you finally get clarity on the elusive kegel and teach you how to activate your pelvic floor appropriately and then add it to movement. There is a ton of free content available to anyone who downloads the app including a 7-day pelvic floor fitness challenge to introduce you to the concept of a whole-body fitness approach to pelvic health. Once the free challenge ends you have the option to join the membership for ongoing support from me, your very own vagina coach.
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