Resource Package - Pelvic Floor Relaxation for Men
These relaxation exercises offer hope and help for people of any age with chronic pelvic pain, including painful sex. Your patients can use these recordings to practice ‘down-training' their pelvic floor muscles at home.
This series of guided audio recordings is specially designed for men with persistent pelvic pain to learn how to relax tight muscles, especially the pelvic floor muscles inside the pelvis, which are often tense and a cause of pelvic pain. Yes, men also have pelvic floor muscles and they can be too tight and cause pain in the pelvis. The exercises are sometimes called “reverse Kegels” because they teach the skill of relaxation, rather than just tightening.
The User Guide is an additional resource to help people understand the pelvic floor muscles, why they are so often a source of pelvic pain, and what can be done about it.
The person with pelvic pain, associated with pelvic floor muscle tension, will be guided through focused techniques to connect with, and relax, all the muscles of the body, including the pelvic floor. Progressive Muscular Relaxation is taught and also the skill of relaxing without targeted muscle contractions. Additional breathing exercises assist pelvic floor relaxation through movements/excursions of the diaphragm. The exercises also help people with pain to practice switching on the ‘relaxation response’ to cope with pain and stress. The exercises are practiced in lying and sitting so they can be easily applied in everyday life. Regular home practice with these audio tracks will develop life skills to improve the quality of life of people with pelvic pain.
Please note: To ensure that the appropriate resource package is selected, in the User Guide and Tracks, I refer to users as men and refer to anatomical terms, including the testes and penis. This product is suitable for use by people who are comfortable being identified as a man and who refer to their anatomy with these terms.
This relaxation training is intended to be prescribed by a healthcare practitioner to men who have been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and who have undergone medical assessment to eliminate causes of pain other than pelvic floor muscle tension, such as infection or inflammation, which require specific medical treatment.
The audio tracks in this resource package have been produced by Dr Patricia Neumann, Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. Learn more about Patricia in the 'Instructors' section of this page.
5 audio tracks are included:
Track 1: [30 minutes – lying]. Whole body and pelvic floor progressive muscular relaxation with breathing exercises.
Track 2: [12 minutes – lying]. Passive whole body and pelvic floor muscle relaxation with body scanning and breathing exercises.
Track 3: [3 minutes – seated]. A relaxation exercise with breathing and scanning to do during the day.
Track 4: [3 minutes – seated]. A ‘grounding’ exercise to calm the body and pelvic floor for those who find focussing on relaxation hard.
Track 5: [20 minutes]. The wonderful relaxation music in a stand-alone track to play at any time to help you breathe and be calm.
You can sample one of the tracks by going to the 'Course materials' section. Click on the lesson titled 'Audio sample: Seated relaxation'
There are also accompanying education materials that can be shared as well as the entire user guide (PDF). Templates have been created in this resource package to make it quick and easy to prescribe the content to your patients. Please see the FAQ section below for more information about using Embodia for HEP.
This resource package is available for healthcare practitioners who are interested in using the practices with their patients. Please note that an Embodia Membership is required in order to prescribe the audio practices - more information is provided in the FAQ section below.
Disclaimer: People with pelvic pain should be assessed by a medical practitioner first to rule out causes of pelvic pain requiring medical attention. These exercises are most effective when used with professional guidance from a pelvic health physiotherapist, as part of a comprehensive pain management program.
Specialist Physiotherapist in Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010
Trish is an Australian Specialist Physiotherapist, (awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010) and has a PhD from the University of South Australia. She was awarded the Ruth Grant Prize for dedication and achievement in physiotherapy research.
She worked clinically in the area of pelvic health for 30 years and co-designed the University of South Australia course on the “Conservative management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse”, which awards a Professional Certificate in pessary management for Australian physiotherapists. She continues to lecture on this course.
During her later years as a clinician, Trish worked within a multi-disciplinary team and focussed on treating people with complex pelvic pain. She became interested in the potential to incorporate Pain Science Education into her treatment and developed a group education program. She saw the need for a resource to help her patients with pelvic pain practice relaxation, pelvic floor ‘down training’ and breathing techniques at home. And so, in 2014, she developed this audio resource, with subsequent editions developing and improving the content.
Trish’s research and publications span a wide range of pelvic floor topics, including competency-based physiotherapy training, female stress urinary incontinence, vaginal pessaries, pelvic pain and male post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence. She has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications, with nine as first author, and three book chapters.
Course Material included in this course
Information about this Resource Package
A disclaimer and a note about terminology
User Guide for Men (Downloadable PDF)
Audio Sample Free
Audio sample: Seated relaxation
Patient Exercises included in this course
Men's - Progressive Muscular Relaxation
Men's - Scanning for Relaxation
Patient Education included in this course
How to apply this training
Information about the Audio Track: Music
Information about the Audio Track: Grounding relaxation
Information about the Audio Track: Seated Relaxation
Information about the Audio Track: Scanning for relaxation
Information about the Audio Track: Progressive Muscular Relaxation
The male pelvic floor muscles
What is chronic or ‘persistent’ pelvic pain? (for men)
Templates included in this course
Scanning for relaxation
Progressive muscular relaxation
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How do home exercise programs work on Embodia?
Embodia provides patients with easy access to their home exercise programs from free mobile apps (Apple and Android) and online (via all modern web browsers).
A simple interface with clear instructions guides patients through a program tailored by their practitioner.
Practitioners can prescribe from our growing library of videos, easily record a patient being coached through exercises and share these private videos securely with the patient, or prescribe from their own library of videos. Practitioners are empowered to monitor patient progress via the patient dashboard.
Key practitioner features of the Embodia HEP platform include:
- Quick onboarding -- use it right away without extensive training required
- Customize HEPs with videos from the Embodia library
- Upload your videos quickly and easily
- Create a clinic library of content
- Ability to record patients in session on private, secure mobile app
- Improved patient-practitioner relationship and adherence to HEP
- Share educational resources with your patients
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If you are a pelvic health practitioner, we also recommend that you review the information on this page.