The pelvic floor is much more than a muscle required for urinary health, back support, or childbirth. It is actually a key muscle in sexual pleasure, as well as a storehouse of chi or energy that can be used to power up the entire energetic body.
Not to mention, when someone experiences inertia in life – that is, difficulty taking action to manifest goals, dreams, passions — very often the pelvic floor is weak. Now, I do not propose a chicken-or-egg analysis. I can’t say that a weak pelvic floor causes inertia, or the other way around. But I do know from years of bodywork and coaching that strengthening this part of the body can have implications in much of life, including how we make things happen in the world!
The pelvic floor muscles span from the tailbone (coccyx) to the pubic bone; front to back, and also side to side. These muscles are normally firm, thick, and resemble a muscular trampoline in its ability to move up and down. Even though the pelvic floor is hidden from view, it can be consciously controlled, moved, and exercised, similar to our arms, legs, or abdominal muscles. https://www.kenhub.com/en/library/anatomy/muscles-of-the-pelvic-floor
Here is why the pelvic floor is so vital
#1 Structural integrity
The muscles of the pelvic floor lift the pelvic organs, including the intestines, urinary bladder, and the uterus in women. Balance and spinal stability are also structurally reliant on strong pelvic floor muscles.
The pelvic floor contracts during orgasm; the stronger the contractions of the pelvic floor, the stronger can be sensation of orgasm for both men and women!
Doing pelvic floor squeezes mid-coitus can delay orgasm for all sexes, and can also prolong orgasm through muscle tensing and releasing rhythmically. You can even use this muscular tension to expand sensation throughout the body – this is, in fact, the basis of much of the Taoist approach to sexuality (see exercises below).
#3 Powering up your chi
In many traditions (Taoist sexuality, Tantra for example) the pelvic floor is the source of the body’s chi, or non-physical, electromagnetic energy, located in the base chakra which is in this area. Indeed, the pelvic floor has the ability to increase and shift energy from the base upwards and throughout the entire body.
In the book The Sexology of the Vaginal Orgasm, author Karl F.Stifter talks about the importance of the pelvic floor. He writes that
For a long time researchers have tried to prove the existence of Chi. An instrument was developed at the Institute for Applied Biocybernetics and Feedback Research in Vienna that registered this energy for the first time in 1995. It became clear during the test series that the more active the PC muscle is, the more energy the brain is charged with. The PC muscle – and no other – sends measurable electronic signals when repeatedly contracted. These signals travel through the spinal cord to the brain, provided the back remains straight. “If the PC muscle is strong, then it is the greatest source of energy – a veritable power plant within the human body. The tension in the PC muscle stimulates the prostate in the male and the uterus in the female. The release of endorphins, which create feelings of euphoria in humans, and hormones in this manner creates a pronounced feeling of well- being” (Eggetsberger, 1995; p. 33).
This is why the Chinese, who originated these Taoist methods I suggest in workshops, refer to the perineum as the Hui- Yin, or power centre of our sexual bodies.
#4 Kundalini awakening and the pelvic floor
The experience of Kundalini energy rising through the body during an awakening experience is also commonly understood in many traditions (and many teachers, from Buddhists to the Course in Miracles speak of it). A simple way to understand it is this: you might imagine that as the soul evolves, it vibrates to a higher and higher frequency. As one’s vibration increases, the etheric body typically evolves or increases vibration ahead of the denser physical body, requiring an adjustment in order to be in alignment. The physical experience of greater etheric vibration is like having an electrical charge running through the body, like a current of energy running from the base chakra upward.
In this scenario, there can ocassionally be blockages, where energy stays put as it encounters resistance (like patterns of thought/ways of being/memories that won’t budge). This is experienced as buzzing in the chakras, electrical impulses, dizziness, and much more. When this happens, you can use the pelvic floor to generate more energy and then push that upward, equivalent to deploying a pressure hose to clear the energy centres so that the ‘readjustment’ or realignment proceeds apace! (I also work with this during de-armouring sessions).
#5 Strong base chakra, sacral chakra, and solar plexus.
In my work, I see a correlation between a weak pelvic floor and out of balance lower chakras. In other words, there is a connection between a weak pelvic floor and one’s ability to be grounded, focused, to act with confidence, and to manifest in the world. So, whether chicken or egg, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can have an effect on how a person makes one’s way in life!
Pelvic Floor Strengthening Exercises
Needless to say, strengthening the pelvic floor is incredibly helpful in so, so many areas of life!
Developing all the fibres of the PC muscle requires both slow and fast squeezes and a certain routine of alternating the emphasis.
Finding your pelvic floor muscle
Squeeze your anus, imagining you are holding in whatever you need to let out if going to the toilet. Experiment with short, sharp squeezes, and long, hard squeezes. You will start to notice that sometimes it feels like you are squeezing your anus, sometimes deep inside, all the way up to your belly button. After you squeeze in, push out (with an empty bladder) and notice what muscles you are sensing. The pelvic floor has many levels and layers, and to exercise it well, you will need to practice tensing the more outer layers, as well as the deeper, higher, more internal layers.
Alternate days doing the following:
Day 1: Squeeze the PC muscles for 4 seconds at 80% of your strength, then relax for 8 seconds. Do this 30 times. Not more than 2x a day, and always end on about 10 very fast, hard squeezes.
Day 2: Alternate the above series with some days of squeezing the PC for 30-40 seconds at a time, 2-3 times a day. Relax for twice as long each time.
Every once in a while: Squeeze PC at 1 second intervals, about 10 times.
Another alternate exercise is “the elevator,” so squeeze a little, then a little more, continuing to hold, then tighter, then tighter (as if you are riding up and up on an elevator, stopping at each floor and going higher).
Do all this regularly and you will be sure to have amazing orgasms, feeling the energy spreading throughout your body, not to mention other consequences as I’ve outlined in this blog!
Visualisation of energy for increased orgasmic sensation
According to the Taoist tradition, there is a circuit of energy or chi that travels from the perineum (beneath the testicles) up the spine, around the skull, and back down the front of the body. This is how your sexual energy should carry your orgasm up and throughout the body to give you full body pleasure.
What we know from science is that in fact orgasms are conveyed by neurons travelling exactly this path. In the case of spinal cord injury, the neurons travel along the front of the body via the cranial nerves. This means that the Taoists had it right 3000 years ago!
We also know from science that energy goes where the mind focuses. So if you focus on that energy moving, your awareness has a resonance in your body. Electromagnetic imaging shows how the frequency can change when you focus on one part of the body. You can help move these neurons, this chi, by visualizing the energy moving. Even if you don’t believe me, try it on! Use your breath, either in or out breath (depending on your preference) to push the energy bit by bit around the body.
No matter how you do it, start moving that pelvic floor! And – enjoy!