Did you know that chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is most prevalent in women and it has a significant link to mental health?
Some research suggests that a woman’s mental health is negatively impacted on because she is living with chronic pain… that would get anyone down right?? It certainly did for me when I experienced CPP (I sometimes still do).
The general consensus though, is that the link is more mysterious and it can’t quite be explained.
What is clear, is the incidence of anxiety and depression is definitely higher (60% of CPP cases are associated with emotional factors).
With my background in exercise physiology, art therapy, embodiment, womb mysteries and massage, I’d like to offer a few of my own explanations:
- The first contributor is our good ol’ hormones! As we approach menstruation, or menopause, hormones fluctuate greatly. Progesterone and high levels of stress hormones, are known to cause tightening and tension in the pelvic muscles.
- The second factor is our habitual, unconscious “holding” of the pelvis. It is common for women to tighten their entire pelvis unconsciously, as a way of coping with stress. Our society honours head based functioning – its not natural for women to do this and leads to tightening of our pelvis (& shoulders & neck & head!).
- Lastly (but not finally), the function of our psoas muscle, a muscle in our pelvic bowl. It’s fascinating: it is known as our ‘fight or flight’ muscle and is always wired for action; its constitution is more like an organ, so it’s very difficult to relax; and it sits directly against the adrenal glands thus making it very sensitive to stress.
Can you see the common factor here?? Stress plays a crucial role in the health of our pelvic bowl.
We are a chronically stressed society and women in particular are suffering greatly.
It’s more important than ever, to honestly assess how stress is present in our lives and how it may be impacting on us.
My method of intuitive art making includes meditation and introspective creative time.
The perfect concoction to lower stress, level out your hormones and begin to increase your awareness of your pelvic bowl and what you are holding there. Its an incredibly fascinating and mysterious place once you dive in!
With all these links to stress, its no wonder women need to become better acquainted with their pelvic bowl.
If you would love to dive into more about how stress is impacting on your pelvic health, I’ve written a “Womb Dreaming” course to do just that! The above information is just a tiny sneak peek.
Are you keen to learn more about your sacred pelvis and the wisdom held within your Womb space?? Comment below and let me know!
Ladies, if you no longer have a physical womb, fear not – this course is written with you in mind! Its just as important for you to connect to the space where your Womb once resided… and your health will thank you for it.
Are you post menopausal?? I’ve got you covered as well!