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Who Moved Me at Women in Women’s Health LIVE 2016

I’m a country girl who mostly enjoys just. being. home. It takes something really precious or super sparkly to lure me away from my cozy farmhouse and regular routine. When my colleague Beth Jones of MamaSport invited me to share a cab and hotel with her in New York City for Women In Women’s Health LIVE put on by the Integrative Women’s Health Institute (IWHI), and I saw the line-up of guest speakers – many of whom I’d been quietly stalking for quite some time – I knew I had to go. Plus, the emphasis was on the female athlete which is something I always want to know more about.

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Beth and Beth do NYC and #WIWHLIVE

Beth and I coordinated our flights in and out of JFK, and we took that first evening on Friday to settle in, see Times Square, do some shopping, and compare notes on our recent course work. She’s a Certified Athletic Trainer (qualified for basic rehab unlike a personal trainer) who has been completing her Restorative Exercise Specialist certification with Katy Bowman. Meanwhile, this RYT200 what I finished up last month.

Here are some of the people who moved me

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
This is one of my two favorite speakers from Day 1 of the event, Dr. Aviva Romm who worked as a pelvic floor physiotherapist for about 20 years before going to Yale to get her doctorate to work with women’s hormone health. She talked extensively about Overtraining Syndrome and Adaptogens which are herbs that help performance.

My other favorite speaker on Day 1 was Michelle Lyons and her rubber chicken. Michelle has so many credentials as a pelvic healthy physiotherapist, you’ll have to go here to Celebrate Muliebrity to read all that she’s founded and contributed! When she made her rubber chicken do crunches – which then made the poor chicken’s “pelvic floor” bulge out – we all died laughing. Any pros in the room who weren’t previously sold on avoiding crunches are now!

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Here I am with Jessica Drummond, founder of IWHI and this amazing event. Talk about a powerhouse!

 

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Jenny, the founder of Burrell Education, was my favorite speaker on Day 2. Not only is she world-famous for training professionals like myself, she had some seriously good stuff to share about how we can better serve our clients by being our authentic selves. And she had serious shoe game!

 

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Jenny Burrell herself and me. I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be enrolled in two of her programs for 2017 to help me serve my clients ages 35 and up even better in 3rd age.

Many of the other women’s health professionals at Women in Women’s Health LIVE had never done a FB live broadcast, so I decided to work the room at the end of the event, and introduce as many of them to you as I could. 

During the FB live recording, I knew I had to include Dr. Susie Gronski who is a Doctor of men’s pelvic health and says it like it is. She’s very candid, and I knew she’d be VERY forthright if I took her live, so my face here in this next screenshot cracks me up. You can see me bracing for whatever she says, and her face is so intense! Love it! She’s such a hoot and seriously so passionate. We talked off-camera for a solid 15 minutes about the language of pelvic health and her book for guys that’s coming out soon. Isn’t it silly how we can get so worried about words? While I’m comfortable with lady bits, I need to get more comfortable with guy talk apparently… LOL
What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
I had never met of Mary of mywholecore.com until this event, but she and I had an instant connection as sister Yoga teachers who love all things core and pelvic floor.
What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
The amazing and beautiful Nora, founder of PregnaFit.com and a terrific 8-week program

Yes, there were also men at Women In Women’s Health

Quite a few actually. Modest ol’ me was looking around nervously, forgetting for about 0.4 seconds that these guys work in the same field I do, when Amy Stein showed videos of how she does internal releases and stretches when there is scar adhesions. I interviewed one in the FB live chat above, and then there was Dr. Kyle who fondly referred to himself as the dude doula or “dudela.”

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Dr. Kyle is a doula and chiropractor, and I had such a great time chatting with him.

 

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Nicole of Bend and Blossom & Pregnant Pause. We have followed each other for a while, but seeing each other in person was a fun surprise!

My biggest personal takeaway RE: female athletes…

The whole weekend focused mostly on the female athlete. So each of the speakers took their specialty and aimed it at that main topic: nutrition, hormones, periods, menopause, pelvic pain, physical therapy, fitness ALL around feminine athleticism. It was awesome, and I’m still processing my notes and handouts + all the new ideas churning in my mind.

What stood out to me the most, though, was the talk by Dr. Julie Granger who works with young female athletes. My daughter is currently the age that Dr. Julie spends most of her time with, and what she said about why girls quit sports really wrenched at my heart.

 

When young girls specialize in one sport – which they almost have to these days – and then they start menstruating, they’re not sure how to compete or train while on their periods. They hurt down there. They don’t know who to talk to or where to turn for help. Their coaches might mention a couple things, but nothing deep about how to down train or recover well or eat well. In fact, many sports like gymnastics and ballet demand a certain body size, which means many girls are malnourishing themselves to compete.

So then around age 13-15 these girls quit. And they only know one sport, and all the other sports are full of girls who specialized, and they can’t compete there either. So now they’re falling apart, not exercising, lonely and missing their teammates, and depressed as young teenage girls. Ugh!

Dr. Julie has agreed to contribute to my upcoming “Fit2B Girls” ecourse that will be done next year. It will inform, educate and inspire young girls to look beyond sport and bikinis at how they can eat and move and LIVE vibrantly and beautiful and strong in their own skin.

Now, some random NYC pictures …

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Hey, a little coconut milk latte from Starbucks on a cold Manhattan morning before Day 2 of #wiwhlive was just right!

 

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com
Of course I had to stop by Lego World and assemble some minifigs with little “I love NYC” shirts for my kids.

In Closing…

I always enjoy New York and am so grateful for all the lovely people I met, but this mama is even more grateful to be HOME having coffee in front of my fireplace. What I learned is going to be so helpful to me in answering the questions from all of you and getting you to the resources you need for deeper core and pelvic health. Now to work on that uber tight left adductor. Me and 5-hour flights aren’t friends.

What Fit2B learned about women's core and pelvic health and fitness at Women in Women's Health LIVE - fit2b.com

2 thoughts on “Who Moved Me at Women in Women’s Health LIVE 2016

  1. Mary says:

    Hey Yoga Sister! What a wonderful post. Thanks for venturing out of your peaceful home to the meet all of us in the chaos of NYC. I’ll have to come out your way next time!

  2. Kristen Morrison says:

    You said “KATY BOWMAN” and I was ALL EARS, Beth!!!!!!!!! I knew signing up for your fitness program was a good move, but now I’m fully convinced! Well, actually, I had a feeling I was making the right move when you did your walkthankful in November, and I noticed a squatting desk in one of video interviews with Kelly, and you were talking with Gillian about prolapse and negative pressure from vaginal insertion products… and… yeah.

    LOL, the rubber chicken story, and props on all your FB live videos that I now want to watch!

    Your comment about girls and periods and sports is interesting to me. I just heard a story on NPR the other day about “how menstruation might affect girls in poor countries — their health, their confidence, even their education.” http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/12/28/506472549/does-handing-out-sanitary-pads-really-get-girls-to-stay-in-school

    Hugs!

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