The pelvic floor is home to the root chakra, the first point in the chakra energy system that we refer to in yoga. The pelvic floor is made up of the muscles and tissues that line the pelvis, and which holds the bladder, intestines, and reproductive organs. The pelvic floor is literally the root of life, for we all originate at the genitalia of our parents.
The easiest way to feel your pelvic floor is when you’re peeing: try stopping the flow of urine mid-stream. The contraction that controls the flow of fluids from the bladder, is the pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor also controls the flow of fluids from the reproductive organs. The pelvic floor pumps blood to the erectile tissues in the vagina and clitoris, increasing the range of pleasure sensations. In a similar fashion, the pelvic floor pumps blood to the penis, and can also control the restraint of blood or semen from the penis, i.e. helping men to last longer.
While pelvic floor health is essential to our sexual enjoyment, the rise of sedentary lifestyles is destroying our root chakra! Many of my clients spend most of their day sitting at their desks, with their groin and perineum pushed forward, and their weight resting on the top of their glutes. (This very conducive to the hunched back phenomenon that we also see.) This position is essentially collapsing the pelvic floor on top of itself, making it impossible to tone.
I tell my clients that the most important practice for increasing intimate pleasure is this: Sitting on top of your perineum.
The perineum is the center of the pelvic floor, and is the area in between your genitalia and anus. Fondly referred to on the street as the ‘taint’, it’s an erogenous zone in its own right, for women and men. By sitting on top of your perineum, you ensure that your pelvic floor is in the anatomically correct position.
Wu Wei is the Taoist concept that refers to 'work without effort', a type of natural flow that occurs when we act in line to our nature, so that the work we are doing is completely pleasurable. Mindfulness of the perineum positioning is the Wu Wei of pelvic floor toning – by simply sitting correctly, we are naturally toning the pelvic floor!
As Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism, has so famously written: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Our journey to deeper intimate pleasure can start by simply sitting on top of your perineum.