Your Pelvic Floor “Power Source”: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.

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I recently read a fascinating title by today's podcast guest—celebrity trainer and goop expert (whatever that means) Lauren Roxburgh—The Power Source: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.

In the book, Lauren presents a program that uses pelvic floor strength to release stress, fortify the body, and treat the physical and mental origins of tension.

If your body feels some form of stress every day, whether it's inflammation, bloating, tension, discomfort, anxiety, or pain during sex, then this show is for you. 

I found this book particularly interesting because due to my hefty endurance training and compromised diet in the past, I've personally had to deal with issues such as extreme psoas tightness, rectal prolapse, chest breathing issues, and a host of other problems that I probably would never have encountered had I read this book earlier in my life.

Lauren believes that all of these problems can be solved by first unlocking the foundation of your mental and physical health: the pelvic floor. Located at the root of our pelvis, it determines how firm our core is, how we handle stress, and how much energy reaches the rest of our body. Without addressing the health of our pelvic floor, we are all missing out on a powerful key component of our overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Roxburgh presents an entirely new approach to building well-being—one based on a strong pelvic floor, open energy channels, and a clear mind.

The Power Source offers a deep understanding of how to cultivate this strength by following a holistic, multisensory program. Starting with the pelvic floor, Roxburgh focuses on the five power centers that can be harnessed throughout the body:

  • Pelvic floor
  • Deep core
  • Upper core
  • Heart and shoulders
  • Head, neck, and jaw

With targeted exercises to encourage healing movement, nourishing recipes (from a Confidence-Boosting Tonic to Root-Rejuvenating Bone Broth), and holistic therapies that include visualizations, aromatherapy, and more, Roxburgh gives a full toolbox to realign your body and your life.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-What the pelvic floor is, and what impact it has on our bodies…9:00

  • “Pelvic core:” A hammock of muscles that connects the pubic bone, tail bone, and sitz bones
  • Known as the “root chakra,” first chakra
  • It's vital to unlocking the qi
  • Digestive function and sexual function are affected if the pelvic floor is not properly cared for
  • It eventually leads to tightness in the shoulders, jaw, fascia tissue, and more
  • Dentists often send TMJ patients to pelvic floor therapists

-How the pelvic floor is related to epigenetic trauma…13:50

  • Trauma lives in our tissues; we can change it with our awareness
  • It is difficult to ascertain whether epigenetic trauma is the cause of physical ailments
  • The key is to be attuned to what our bodies are telling us

-What happens when we excessively clutch or tighten the pelvic floor…18:40

-Easy, at-home pelvic floor therapy…26:38

-Why a small squishy ball is vital to the health of the pelvic floor…35:24

-Why the gut is increasingly problematic in modern society…40:24

  • Gut issues are more prevalent in the younger generation
  • We're always in “stress mode” due to the modern lifestyle
  • Overeating and stress eating
  • Belly rolling puts you into the parasympathetic state, breathe deeper, get in tune with gut instinct
  • Most important muscle in the gut area is the psoas
  • Use the Hyperice vibrating ball to loosen the psoas muscle
  • Pso-Rite (use code BEN10 to save 10%)
  • Breathe into the device you're using
  • Contract first then relax
  • The psoas is called “the muscle of the soul”

-The importance of the upper core…50:46

  • Directly connected to the lungs
  • Diaphragm is the personal power chakra in the yoga tradition
    • Takes in oxygen (you probably don't take in enough)
    • Expels CO2
    • Connects to the pelvic floor as we breathe
  • Book: The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown
  • CO2 retention is helpful due to the “Bohr effect”
  • Ben says the optimal breathing for him is long inhales through the nose, and long exhales through the nose or pursed lips

-How to carry that weight on your shoulders and stay connected to your pelvic floor…58:45

  • “Sitting is the new smoking” says Lauren
    • Ben loves sitting for certain things: meditating, praying, etc. as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system
    • Not viable for an 8-hour workday
  • Keep the heart, upper body, shoulders, upper back loose and open
  • Chest release done with a squishy ball or Lauren's Body Sphere ball
  • Roll to shoulders with a foam roller
  • Vibrating peanut massage ball
  • Standing to excess has its own set of challenges

-The cranial sacral connection and the nervous system…1:04:36

  • Head, neck, jaw
  • Jaw tension is related to suppressing our emotions
  • Getting the head aligned with the spine properly can be done in a few minutes per day and has a massive impact on your overall health
  • A regular massage around the scalp and ears can boost the immune system

-Lighting round questions for Lauren…1:10:47

  • Why is sage a part of pelvic floor therapy?
    • Sage has been known to clear and purify our own personal space
    • Enhances intuition and energy around us
  • How to select the right pelvic floor therapist
  • Lauren's Free Power Center Guided Visualizations

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

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– Podcasts:

– Gear and Equipment:

– Food and Supplements:

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  • Four Sigmatic Chaga tea

– Other resources:

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11 thoughts on “Your Pelvic Floor “Power Source”: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life.

  1. M says:

    1) How would you prioritize the various things you mentioned that helped with your pelvic floor issues? (the golf ball footwork, the squishy yoga ball, high-roller and rebouner)
    2) Any workout details for all these items? You have links to the items, but suggestions on how to use them would be helpful too.

    I’ve been dealing with pelvic floor issues since last year.

  2. Paul Verheijden says:

    I was interested to hear Lauren say that you don’t have to get shorter with age by taking care of the facia and keeping things loose. Thanks also for saying that you don’t need to stand all day. I prefer to sit so I can concentrate at a deeper level.

  3. Arri says:

    Really enjoyed this!!

    I’m loving the openness around practical adoption of spiritual practices and the connection between physical and emotional…

    Thank you Ben

  4. David L Hawley says:

    Ben, I think that you are missing some important details about “over-breathing” as McKeown describes in the Oxygen Advantage. He uses the term to explain inefficiently in shallow chest breathing vs “belly” breathing. In chest breathing, there is a fair amount of volume in the airway that does not exchange gasses. The chest breather is taking in a lot of air that cannot be used and thus must breathe more rapidly (and more total volume) to get the required gas exchange than the belly breather. Both end up using the same total oxygen for a given metabolic “burn” rate.
    The thesis behind McKeown’s slow in/out breathing is that nitric oxide produced in the paranasal sinuses will aid in killing inhaled pathogens and perhaps in vasodilation. Slow breathing is not shallow, but as deep as the current oxygen demand requires.
    One can postulate that deep and slow nasal breathing is critical to one’s health in the era of COVID-2.

  5. Mohammed Kraish says:

    Paul Chek scientific core conditioning is the best course to explain and teach how to use pelvic floor

  6. L says:

    From pelvis positioning to breathing, this entire discussion relates to Bowspring yoga. Does Lauren have experience with it? It seems like the next logical step in her work.

  7. Dale AKA Healthnut says:

    Lauren – I have tried to work my pelvic floor although I have had 5 ingroinal hernia surgeries. I now have mesh implanted.
    Any suggestions to still be able to work the area?

  8. Christopher H says:

    Great episode. Thanks Ben & Lauren!

  9. Kathy says:

    Why did you even have this guest on? You spoke more than she did. Everyone is happy that you have it all figured out, however let your guest speak.😜

    1. Jacqueline says:

      I agree, it was too much advertising and too many unnecessary comments, I wanted to hear what the woman had to say

      1. Paul Verheijden says:

        Don’t agree. Ben said stuff that I hadn’t heard before. That stuff id gold.

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