It’s happened to me. I have leapt up to dance to my favorite song, or jumped onto the trampoline with my kids, only to accidentally pee myself. It’s not a full gusher, which would warrant a pants change, but there is enough to make me sit out the next dance or tap out of trampoline freeze tag. As embarrassing as it is, it is an all too common reality for women who have had children. Unfortunately, we accept it as another debt of motherhood. Along with our free time, adequate sleep, and brain cells, the integrity of our pelvic floor muscles is one more thing we throw into the volcano of the insatiable Goddess of Motherhood.
The power of the Kegel muscles, which make up part of the floor of the pelvis, is the stuff of cultural legend. Over time, there has been much awe and attention given to the strength of the female yoni power. In Taoist sexual practices the use of Ben Wa balls dates back over centuries in ancient China, where Geishas used them to strengthen and control the vagina to please their partners. The women of the Super Pussy Sex Club in present-day Bangkok entertain clients with feats of vaginal strength using ping-pong ball projection!
As a pre- and post-natal Kundalini yoga teacher, I emphasize to my students the importance of keeping up the strength of the Kegel muscles before, during, and after childbirth. Ancient yogic knowledge says that the vitality of a woman comes from her connection to the creative energy at the second chakra, which is the sex organs. It is essential to keep the strength of these muscles, as they correspond to the lower abdominals and lower back. Therefore, even women who have had C-sections (and therefore didn’t stretch out their vaginas) need Kegel strengthening because of abdominal weakening from the surgery.
The ancient Kundalini technique of Kegel strengthening has been passed down over centuries and offers an easy solution to regaining Kegel control during a simple visit the bathroom. Stopping the stream of urine—which involves contracting the Kegel muscles—about eight times per toilet trip can kill two birds with one stone. You’re in there anyway—might as well get those Kegels working!
My friend Julia Rose has dual citizenship in France and the U.S. When she gave birth to her boys in France, she was amazed at the post-partum care, which included Kegel strengthening as an integral part of long-term preventative healthcare. French obstetric care has made the art of strengthening the postpartum pelvic floor into an interactive game: women “play” with their vaginas as a regular part of a their aftercare in a therapy called “La Reeducation Perineale,” or as Julia called it, “Vagina Pong.”
Julia would look forward to her twice-weekly sessions, during which she would interactively play computer games with a device inserted vaginally. In this physical-therapy game, the wand-shaped device connects to a monitor, on which a fairly primitive video game is played. The woman must contract her Kegel muscle to make a bouncing dot move. Julia says, “I got so focused on the game and wanting to beat my own high score that I forgot I was even doing Kegel exercises!”
She was so impressed by her experience that she developed the Vagenie, a hand-held version of the “vagina pong” game. There is even a special feature that kicks in when you reach a certain achievement level.
In developing the product, she gained a greater understanding of the necessity for women to take control over their own health and have fun doing it. In add
ition to helping with back and abdominal wellness, improving Kegel strength increases sexual pleasure and can help with more intense orgasms. Certainly our artners will have no complaints with our newfound internal Geisha-like grip! With ancient yogic wisdom or a modern device, we can reclaim our dignity, vitality, and confidence. There is no guarantee that we may hit a target with a ping-pong ball, but an uninterrupted turn on the dance floor might be all we need.