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The Pelvic Floor Project

Melissa Dessaulles from Mommy Berries

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This podcast is for anyone with a pelvic floor. Pssst….. everyone has a pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles responsible for controlling our bodily functions. I refer to myself as a physiotherapist for embarrassing issues. I routinely help clients address symptoms like incontinence, prolapse, diastasis, pelvic pain, intimacy issues and the list goes on. A theme that stands out to me is how little we learn about our private parts and the muscles surrounding. This podcast is fo ...
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THE BALANCED MOMTALITY- Pelvic Floor/Core Rehab For The Pregnant and Postpartum Mom

Dr. Desiree Cassell | Physical Therapist, Women’s Health Specialist, Balanced and Fit Momma

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Women’s Health & Wellness* Prenatal Fitness *Postpartum Recovery *Pelvic Floor Exercises *Holistic Health *Whole Body Healing Are you a busy pregnant or postpartum (once postpartum always postpartum) mom that just wants to feel strong and healthy without the stress of having to revolve your life around your diet and exercise? Wanting functional and practical strategies to get in safe and effective exercises without fear of pain, prolapse or peeing your pants? All during your normal daily rou ...
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Hey Girl! Have you been told you have POP or Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Or maybe you feel heaviness or pressure or just feel like something is falling out of your vagina? This can be very scary to first find out about and from personal experience, I can say that it can take over your thoughts and make any exercise or activity seem scary or bad like it …
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In this episode I sit down with speech language pathologist (SLP) Ashley Michaelis to discuss: Similarities between the voice box and pelvic floor Relationship between voice, breathing and pelvic floor Missed connections in the research Ways we can use the pelvic floor to train the voice and the voice to train the pelvic floor How sounds we make in…
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Hey Love! One of the most common questions I get from the women and especially pregnant or postpartum mommas is “Is this exercise safe” or “Should I be doing this or is it too much for me?” or “Is this exercise bad?”. Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as “good or bad exercises”. Every person has different strength and capacities, which mak…
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Hey Friend! This week’s episode is meant to help you find that balance of activity while still resting and listening to your body and to also give you tips on how to make your daily tasks a functional exercise so that you can still get some strengthening and movement in your body every day without even having to take the time to go to the gym or “e…
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In this episode I sit down with physiotherapist and olympic weight lifter, Brittney Klingmann and Dietician Melissa Hardy to discuss: Common symptoms women experience (tired, low mood, decreased performance, low libido, pelvic floor symptoms) How do we know if they are due to hormones, stress. Lack of sleep, nutritional deficiency? The difference b…
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Hey Love! It’s Spring! Which also means it’s allergy season, at least here in the Southwest, so I have been seeing a big increase in women having their pelvic floor symptoms return. Leaking is the most common one I have been seeing, but also prolapse symptoms. With all the sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose this time of year, your pelvic floor i…
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Hey Momma! You have made it to the third trimester and hopefully you caught Part 1 of this Epsiode last week and have been staying active and comfortable up to this point by listening to the first and second trimester episodes. This trimester is when things can become increasingly uncomfortable and achey as belly and baby grow. You are probably fee…
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In part 2 of this 2 part episode, I sit down with Sexual Health Education Teacher, Jenny Rabinovich to discuss: Ways that habits, beliefs and knowledge from our childhood carries forward to adult related pelvic floor issues The Sexual Health Education curriculum Middle years and high school focus focus (grades 7-12) healthy vs unhealthy relationshi…
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Hey Momma! You have made it to the third trimester and hopefully you have been staying active and comfortable up to this point by listening to the first and second trimester episodes. This trimester is when things can become increasingly uncomfortable and achey as belly and baby grow. You are probably feeling anxious and excited about labor being j…
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Hey Love! I can’t believe it has been ONE YEAR of talking in your ear about your pelvic floor, core and more! The podcast has been such a fun and unexpected passion project that I have enjoyed pouring into this last year in order to bring women everywhere this crucial information about our bodies. Talking freely and opening about taboo topics like …
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In part 1 of this 2 part episode, I sit down with Sexual Health Education Teacher, Jenny to discuss: Ways that habits, beliefs and knowledge from our childhood carries forward to adult related pelvic floor issues The Sexual Health Education curriculum Elementary years focus (grades 4-6) puberty education (periods, hormones, pimples, hair, body odou…
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Hey Momma! Strength training can seem like such a scary and intense type of exercise when you are pregnant, but I am here to tell you how amazing it is for you and why you especially need it during pregnancy! In the second trimester you are hopefully getting some energy back but are also starting to grow that baby bump, which can begin to bring on …
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Hey Love! This is an update on my own health journey with pelvic pain from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, which I am learning is now termed Pelvic Venous Disorder or PeVD. Signs and Symptoms of PeVD can be misleading as it mimics many other conditions like interstitial cystitis, vaginismus, constipation, endometriosis, cysts, prolapse and more. Pelvic…
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In this episode, I sit down with New Westminster BC based Urogynecologist, Dr. Merry Gong to discuss: Operative vaginal birth (vacuum, forceps, episiotomy) What do these instruments look like and indications for their use Indications for operative vaginal birth vs. Cesarean birth Risks associated with vacuum and forceps Canada has the highest rates…
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Hey Mom Friend! I know there are soo many feelings and questions during pregnancy, especially around activity and what “safe” exercises during pregnancy even are. Our time and energy in the first trimester is limited and it can feel so overwhelming navigating the prenatal world and changing body. You want to make sure your time and especially your …
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Hey Friend! Are you tired of not having enough time to exercise or workout and wish there was a way to get in quick exercises that actually are going to make a difference and help you reach your goals?! Micro-fitness, Micro-workouts or the term “Exercise Snacks”, has started to become increasingly popular as we are a society with a full agenda. Esp…
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In this episode, I sit down with psychotherapist, Lucy Snider to discuss: How the pelvic floor is related to previous sexual trauma What you can expect at a pelvic physiotherapy appointment What may take place at a psychotherapy appointment What is EMDR therapy? Suggestions to help progress to pleasurable sexual activity How do you know when you ar…
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Hey Love, This is the end of the series on pain with intercourse or Dyspareunia and inside this weeks episode I switch it up and let you all in on my own personal journey with pelvic pain. Dyspareunia is a common condition especially women who are postpartum, had tearing/scarring, have history of pelvic/abdominal procedures, have a history of traum…
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Hey Love! Today on the show I have special guest Cat Fite, who is a certified sex and couples therapist and also a local therapist in Los Alamos, New Mexico. We are diving into the mental aspects that affect Dyspareunia and pain with intercourse, everything from pain, trauma and libido! She gives great insight on how sex therapy can help improve yo…
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In this episode, I sit down with physiotherapist clinician/researcher Dr. Sinead Dufour and Sinead O’Donovan from SRC to discuss: The evidence based benefits of compression The quality garments SRC has developed for incontinence, prolapse and the perinatal population Australian trends for use of compression Given the data to support, some reasons w…
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Hey Girl! If the thought of being intimate makes you cringe because you haven’t been able to enjoy intimacy, then this episode is for you! This month, because of Valentines Day, I am diving into all things Dyspareunia, or pain with intercourse. This is a common condition especially women who are postpartum, had tearing/scarring, have history of pel…
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Hey Girl! Valentines Day is right around the corner and so I decided to chat about all things intimacy, sex and pleasure and how pelvic pain can impact all of those areas! If the thought of being intimate makes you cringe because you haven’t been able to enjoy intimacy, then this episode is for you! I am diving into a condition I treat regularly ca…
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In this episode I sit down with Dr. Lori Brotto; Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Registered Psychologist and Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute of BC and Principal Investigator in the HER-BC Research Study on Midlife Women and Menopause to discuss: The impacts of perimenopause/menopause on mid…
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In this episode, I sit down with physiotherapy clinician and researcher Dr. Sinéad Dufour and Founder and CEO of Urospot, Erin Craven to discuss: Kegel chair (emsella) controversy Various marketing strategies Physiotherapy skepticisms HIFEM technology and the evidence How we use other modalities as physiotherapists to help “reboot the system” (musc…
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Hey Girl! As you navigate your healing and fitness journey it can feel overwhelming and hard to know if you are focusing on what you are supposed to. So I created a Restore your core check list that will guide you through the steps that you need to take when working on recovery and healing. Whether you are pregnant, postpartum and just had a baby, …
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Hey Love! While diving into goal making and creating an action plan this last couple weeks (check out the past couple week’s episodes if you haven’t), I talked about creating value based goals and trying not to focus on goals that can set you up for failure. Goals like “No sugar”or weight loss goals can take away from you WHY. WHY do you want to re…
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In this episode, I sit down with Christie Uipi, a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety and depression and the founder of The Better Mind Center to discuss: Pain is invisible and so are pelvic floor issues How pain works Why each person experiences pain uniquely Why sometimes pain goes away quickly and reasons why i…
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Hey Momma! Are you feeling motivated and excited as we enter the New Year?! Ready and clear on what and where you want to spend your time and what goals you want to work towards? OR maybe you feel overwhelmed and hopeless at even the idea of goal making because you haven’t been able to be consistent enough in the past to actual accomplish the goals…
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Hey Friend! Happy New year! I can’t believe it is already 2024 and it’s the most obnoxious time of year.. Jk…kinda! Everyone is making goals and resolutions and most are going to fall off the wagon in a month or two. But I am here to help so that doesn’t have to be you! I know you have the best intentions to grow this year as a woman, a mom, a wife…
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Hey Love! The Holidays are already over, but we are still in the middle of winter break and the pressure is real. The pressure to all of a sudden be on top of all things in life when the New Year comes around is real. On top of the other real pressure to also be a bum on the couch and indulge on all the holiday treats that are still lying around th…
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Hey Girl! I hope you enjoyed the Stress Series and the last two weeks episodes with Integrative Herbalist Amy McKelvey! If you haven’t yet listened, do it now! This week's episode was inspired by my chat with her and how we as women need to know, appreciate and understand our bodies. We need to know pleasure and what feels good and what doesn’t. As…
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Hey Momma! This is the last week in the Stress Series on the podcast and we are finishing our chat with Integrative Herbalist and natural products consultant Amy McKelvey. In part 1 of this interview last week, we dove into her story and how she founded her amazing herbal supplement company Her Vital Way. As well as the benefits of using herbs and …
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Hey Momma! This is the last two week in the Stress Series on the podcast and so I have something new and special for you! Inside today’s episode I am chatting with Integrative Herbalist and natural products consultant, Amy McKelvey. She is also the CEO and founder of Her Vital Way, a practitioner recommended wellness brand that sells non-GMO, clini…
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In this episode I sit down with fellow pelvic health physiotherapist and leader in the field of diastasis, Munira Hudani to discuss: The increasing awareness around the topic of diastasis rectus abdominis and the confusion that comes with it Conflicting messaging ranging from “be careful, you shouldn’t do those exercises” to “all exercises are good…
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Hey Momma! Have you been working on your sleep in nutrition? Right now we are in the middle of the Stress Series on the podcast, where I have talked about the major role that stress has in our bodies and in our pain and physical conditions. So far I have dived into sleep and nutrition with a ton of tools and strategies that you can use to optimize …
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Hey Lady! It’s the next episode in the “Stress Series” and this week I am breaking down some of the basics when it comes to nutrition and our diet and how our stress is impacted by our nutrition and also how our nutrition is impacted by our stress. When we’re stressed we typically eat poorly and add on the extra sweets and goodies this time of year…
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In this episode, I sit down with clinician-researcher Sarah Lord Ferguson to discuss: Current trends in physiotherapy Physiotherapy as a business Expectations that patients may have of their physiotherapist Patients are not a blank slate The importance of meeting patients where they are at Blending evidence based care with what our clients may be a…
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Hey Momma! Are you a good sleeper? Or are you waking up a lot, maybe because of pain or you have to pee? Sleep is the number one foundational piece to our health and is crucial for our overall health and managing our bodies stress and in turn, our pain and urgency symptoms. Last week’s episode broke down the reality of how much stress impacts and c…
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Hey Momma! Have you noticed your pelvic or back pain flare up after you worked so hard to get it to heal and go away? Maybe you notice you are going to the bathroom all the time again or maybe for the first time? Or you’re avoiding sex because it’s painful? Well it might not be because of something you did activity wise. There is a reason I see an …
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In this episode, I sit down with Beverly Hills based urogynecologist, Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya to discuss: The importance of sex and difficulties when it comes to talking about it The female sexual response cycle Desire: various types of sexual desires, common issues related to sexual desire, and available treatments Arousal: Factors that can impac…
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Hey Girl! Has your pelvic pain, leaking or trauma been causing you to avoid thinking about sex? Or even the thought of looking at your vagina makes you feel yuck? Maybe even saying it?! Then This episode is for you! As women and moms in today’s society there has always been a taboo culture around things in the pelvic girdle or even associated with …
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Hey girl! You are making the time to workout and strength train, but are you prioritizing the right exercises? It can be so overwhelming to try to create the right workout or fitness plan and our time is limited so we want to make sure we are getting the biggest bang for our buck! Whether it’s during pregnancy, postpartum or beyond, glute exercises…
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In this episode, I sit down with Kelowna based OBGYN Dr. Kate Collins to discuss: Reasons/symptoms that may indicate a hysterectomy could be beneficial Different surgical procedures (vaginal, open abdominal, laprascopic) Types of hysterectomy Surgical menopause What can be expected after surgery Postoperative suggestions Pain management Sexual inte…
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Hey girl! Are you tired of getting to the end of the day and feeling like you were stuck in the To-Do List and didn’t get your exercise in… again?! I have been there (as so many moms have) and I know you are wishing you could start being consistent and showing up for your health and fitness goals and actually accomplish them! If we keep waiting for…
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Hey Momma! Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant and wanting to make sure you are preparing your body and mind for labor and delivery? Birth can be alot on the body and on the mind, but if we prepare with the tips discussed inside this episode, we can set ourselves up for a better chance that we will be able to have that natural vaginal birt…
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In this episode, I sit down with Beverly Hills based urogynecologist, Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya to discuss: What is prolapse? Typical sequence of events that happens when patients experience symptoms of prolapse and how they may end up in the office of a surgeon. Conservative management options How the decision is made to proceed with surgery Types …
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Hey Friend! The seasons are changing, which means the days are getting shorter, the food is getting cozier and our energy might not be the same. This time of year can also be very busy, making it harder for us to get in movement as often and healthy home cooked meals. Mom life has us running all over the place and if we aren’t careful we can fall i…
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Hey Friend! Are you ready to add and prioritize strength training so that you can FEEL STRONG, CONFIDENT and PAIN FREE?!? Hopefully you checked out last week’s episode on ALL the amazing benefits of strength training (and if not I highly recommend it) and you are inspired and motivated to start picking up those weights and build that muscle! During…
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In this episode, I sit down with women health advocate and self proclaimed menopause chick, Shirley Weir to discuss: The negative stigma around the term ‘menopause’ The relationship between perimenopause, menopause and post menopause Symptoms commonly experienced in these stages Is women’s health support experiencing a wave of momentum? What Shirle…
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Hey Love! I know you want to FEEL STRONG, CONFIDENT and PAIN FREE as you move throughout life (pregnancy, postpartum, menopause) and you probably know exercise will help you with that, but did you know that strength training is really where you get the biggest bang for your buck?! Is the term strength training or weight lifting just a big “No” for …
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