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pelvic floor care with Hayley Kava
Episode 25
11/3/23

How to provide unique pelvic floor care, birth prep, and birth support for unique bodies

Hayley Kava in conversation with Lindsay McCoy

Summary of show:

“There’s got to be more to it.” This is what physical therapist and PRI teacher Hayley Kava said to herself about pelvic floor care when she was dealing with her own pelvic floor health. Nuance is key when it comes to pelvic floor care, birth prep, birth support tools and really health in general.

We are all unique beings and need unique solutions! Yet too often we slap the same quick fixes on everyone. Such as the kegel. Hayley talks about what she found to really help herself and others find the path to healing and empowerment. Yet our society is filled with quick fixes. While they may get a lot of likes and comments on social media, do they really help people see lasting change and benefit? Probably not.

Hayley shares so many knowledge bombs about the body, pelvic floor care, and birthing process. And, how we can work with people in a more empowering and impactful way. What helps someone with a certain body pattern may not be the best for someone in a different pattern. So what may be extremely beneficial for one individual, might not work at all for another. Let’s learn how to meet the body where it’s at. Let’s break out of the boxes we have placed ourselves in and learn how to support lasting shifts in the body and in birth.  The body is wise and birth is a normal physiological process that sometimes requires medical support. Not an emergency that sometimes happens physiologically.

We need to start learning how to speak the language of the body and of birth and support the physiological processes. We can then help ourselves and our clients work towards healing their bodies, having easier births, and really showing up in the world in the unique way they are meant to.

“There’s got to be more to it.” This is what physical therapist and PRI teacher Hayley Kava said to herself about pelvic floor care when she was dealing with her own pelvic floor health. Nuance is key when it comes to pelvic floor care, birth prep, birth support tools and really health in general.

We are all unique beings and need unique solutions! Yet too often we slap the same quick fixes on everyone. Such as the kegel. Hayley talks about what she found to really help herself and others find the path to healing and empowerment. Yet our society is filled with quick fixes. While they may get a lot of likes and comments on social media, do they really help people see lasting change and benefit? Probably not.

Hayley Kava PT, MPT, never wanted to be a pelvic floor physical therapist. She has been an athlete her whole life and working with athletes was her passion. Until she gave birth the first time and realized that labor, birth and postpartum recovery was the most physically, and emotionally demanding thing she had ever done. Through navigating her own recovery, she realized that all people with pelvic floors deserve more information and empowerment about how to address their common, but often taboo, issues. Hayley Kava became the pelvic floor PT she never thought she would be, and “HayleyKavaPT” was born.

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