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Posted by on Sep 1, 2010 in Challenges, Fall 2010, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

A secret many women share

You may not be aware of a fellow employee feeling embarrassed having to frequently ask ?permission? to be excused from her workstation. On the other hand, you may be one of those women that constantly needs to be excused and feel embarrassed by your predicament. How many other women in the workplace share this same embarrassing secret?

Karen Toth Healthy Body Moves

Karen Toth
Healthy Body Moves

Research shows that about 30 percent of women between the ages of 19 and 64 share the same concern and, for a long time, I was one of those women.

For me, one of the most embarrassing times was giving a seminar on health and wellness and sneezing only to find a trickle going down my legs! Not only was it embarrassing, but frequent accidents like this can cause rashes and infections. It can really affect your social as well as work life and uses up a lot of mental energy.

The secret we share is lack of bladder control.

Teaching aerobics, running or other athletic adventures when you need to wear a diaper is quite the challenge and can leave you with a constant feeling of embarrassment.

If you?ve ever had bladder control issues, have you noticed how it consumes your mind? How much more productive would you be? How does it impact your daily enjoyment?

I had heard of several solutions, but none seemed 100 percent fail safe. Surgery is an option, but it?s invasive and may have to be redone after a few years. Medications are available, but you have to watch for side effects and may need to change to another one. And then there are Kegel exercises, which are easy to do, but your muscles may be too tight.

For me personally, I noticed a difference part way through my four-year Feldenkrais training! It was amazing when all of a sudden I realized the ?problem? was gone! Suddenly, I was able to go for longer car rides, stay and watch a whole movie, not have to be excused from work several times a day! I started running, skiing and living a more active lifestyle outside of work.

Feldenkrais teaches you a series of easy movements which can be done anywhere, anytime and by anybody! The five main distinctions in Feldenkrais movements are to do them slowly, with attention, curiosity, awareness and with many variations.

They certainly made a difference to my well-being. Now, instead of keeping a secret, I want to share it with you so you can make a more informed decision for your own well-being too!

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