The Female Pelvis: Anatomy & Exercises
by Blandine Calais-Germain
The female pelvis and its contents are an underappreciated region of the anatomy. Important not only for sexuality, they are also central to the processes of childbirth and elimination.
The Female Pelvis was written for women to use over the course of their lives, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and its aftermath. Its purpose is to help women become more familiar with the pelvis and its related structures, and how to keep them healthy and fit.
The book begins with a description of the functional anatomy of the pelvis, and how it responds to pregnancy and childbirth. This is followed by a series of specific exercises, initially for self-discovery, and then to increase the flexibility, strength, and coordination of each of the pelvic functions. The book concludes with some guidelines which focus on the pelvis during different phases of a woman's life.
The Female Pelvis was designed to make the subject of the pelvis understandable to all women. Anatomically correct, the language of the text is clear and concise. Over 250 drawings illustrate every important aspect of pelvic anatomy, and show the reader how to perform simple exercises to keep the pelvis and its related structures fit.
- Chapter 1: The Bony Structures of the Perineum
- Chapter 2: The Musculature of the Perineum
- Chapter 3: The Organs of the Lesser Pelvis
- Chapter 4: The Muscles Bordering the Perineum
- Chapter 5: Analysis of Certain Movements
- Chapter 6: The Perineum and Delivery
- Chapter 7: Some Pathologies Common to the Lesser Pelvis
- Chapter 8: Exercises
- Chapter 9: Guidelines
"The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises aims to educate both women and women's health care providers about how the pelvis and perineum are designed and function. [It] does this through detailed descriptive writing and pictures that articulate specifics in an informative style that ensures understanding for a wide range of readers."
—Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
"The Female Pelvis is a significant book, extremely useful for practitioners who work with women (or who are women), offering practical self-care solutions for the phases of a woman's life, concentrating on pregnancy and reaching into menopause. This text is richly illustrated, using over 250 drawings to shine a spotlight on the most central, although often ignored, region of a woman's body."
—Massage Therapy Journal
"Anatomy of Breathing and The Female Pelvis should reside on every bodyworker's bookshelf. After being read cover to cover, they will continue to be a very valuable source of information, illustration, and practice exercises to help the practitioner connect with clients. In addition, practitioners could easily recommend that clients read either of these books on their own to further acquaint themselves with their functional anatomy, as both books are written for the non-medical person."
Other Titles by Blandine Calais-Germain (available on this site)
Anatomy of Movement
Anatony of Movement: Exercises
Anatomy of Breathing
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