The School of Pelvic Health: Why is pooping so difficult?

By Stephanie Stamas

The number of Americans who deal with constipation issues is massive (4 million!)! It seems like every time I mention that I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist another friend pulls me aside with bowel movement concerns. Why is it that so many people have issues? And more importantly – what can we do about it? This is the topic of our next Pelvic Health 101 seminar.

Not only will constipation be discussed but other bowel conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, fecal incontinence, bloating and hemorrhoids will be addressed. The lecture will also go in depth on the role of fiber, water intake, toilet posture and pelvic floor muscles in having a successful bowel movement. You will even go home with easy techniques that you can implement immediately to help you get that smooth move! Don’t miss out on this FREE event – it’s a MUST for anyone who struggles on the porcelain throne. Seats are selling out fast so reserve your spot here.

All seminars will be held at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in New York City and start at 7pm. A free “Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain” DVD will be given to first time guests, and $20 voucher for Beyond Basics Physical Therapy products will be given to individuals attending five seminars. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

The School of Pelvic Health is BACK!

Yes, you read that right: We’re doing another semester of our very successful School of Pelvic Health! Starting on March 17th, our own Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, will lead you through seven weeks of FREE classes related to pelvic health. These include but are not limited to a review of pelvic floor anatomy (March 17, “Something’s Wrong With My What?”), sexuality and pelvic health (April 7, “Pain & Sexuality: Is it all in my head?”), and much, much more. See the flyer below for more classes (click to enlarge).

At each session, snacks and beverages will be provided, and a $20 voucher for BBPT products will be given to individuals who attend five or more classes. First-time participants will get a FREE copy of Amy’s new DVD, Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain.

If you’re interested in attending our School of Pelvic Health classes, you MUST sign up by RSVPing at this link. Spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to do it soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call in the office at 212.354.2622. We look forward to seeing you there!


Is It All In My Head?

By Riva Preil

Join us tonight at Beyond Basics, 7:00 PM, for the next installment of The School of Pelvic Health.  The next fascinating class is entitled Sexuality and Pain- Is it All in My Head?  Stephanie will discuss how pelvic floor muscle tightness and dysfunction contributes to dyspareunia, pain with vaginal penetration, arousal, and erectile dysfunction.

As a pelvic floor physical therapist, one of my biggest pet peeves is when patients inform me they have been told by medical care providers there is apparently nothing wrong with them.  When diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and blood tests, are all negative, and there is nothing apparent or blatantly obvious that is “wrong,” patients at times begin to question themselves. Some patients have even told me that they were encouraged to “Just take a Xanax.”

This, my friends, upsets me tremendously.  Not only are some patients being mis/un-diagnosed with a proper diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction, but they are being told they are psychosomatic or simply too stressed.

I like to make a clear distinction to my patients: It’s one thing to say it’s all in your head, and it is another thing to acknowledge there is a strong mind body connection. I believe in the latter, and many of my patients will admit they notice a worsening of symptoms when they are stressed.  The reason for this is because stress affects our muscles and body in actual physical ways and the manifestation of these physical changes are often associated with muscle tightness and pain.

To learn more about the mind-body connection and how it relates to PELVIC PAIN, be sure to join the class tomorrow night!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Stool Science

By Riva Preil

You loved her talk about anatomy two weeks ago and you couldn’t get enough about bladder chatter last Tuesday.  Well, guess what… Stephanie Stamas is back for more! On Tuesday, October 28th, at 7 PM, Stephanie will teach the next class in the series of The School of Pelvic Health entitled Why is Pooping So Difficult.

This class is a MUST for anyone who lives, breaths, eats, and digests on planet earth.  Yes, that includes you.

  • Have you ever wondered what is the proper position for passing bowel movements?
  • Ever wonder how sitting on the toilet affects the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles that need to relax in order to pass a bowel movement?
  • Also, how much water should an individual drink and how much fiber should one eat?  Heck, what IS fiber and what foods are good sources of fiber?
  • Why do I have to strain to pass a bowel movement?  Is that normal?

Don’t let these questions bother you any longer.  Stephanie will address these and many other related issues.  She will explain the proper muscle coordination required to pass a bowel movement and she will teach practical techniques that can be implemented immediately.

We look forward to meeting and greeting you on Tuesday evening, and we hope you continue to enjoy Stephanie’s classes!

Be Cool, Stay in School

By Riva Preil

Get excited for the incredible new FREE seminar series at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, The School of Pelvic Health!  This educational series, taught by our very own STEPHANIE STAMAS, is designed to inform individuals on pelvic floor muscle function, the connection between the pelvic floor and pain free movement, and to provide tools that will help participants improve bowel, bladder, and sexual function.  In addition, the seminars create a safe environment for patients to interact and build community with one another.

All seminars will be followed by a Q and A session for further discussion with Stephanie.  Also, classes will contain a practical component, during which Stephanie will teach a technique (ex. stretches, mindfulness and relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing) which will give participants a useful take home tool to improve their quality of life.

Speaking of take home tools, a free “Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain,” Amy Stein’s new self-care DVD, will be distributed to each first time guest.  In addition, a $20 voucher for products sold at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, including Amy’s book Heal Pelvic Pain, meditation CDs, and massage stick will be given to individuals who attend five or more seminars.  Plus, snacks and beverages will be provided.  Knowledge, free DVDs and tools, and food…it’s the best of all worlds!

Stephanie will be teaching the first class on October 14 at 7:00 PM, entitled Something’s Wrong With my What?  It will be a review of pelvic floor muscle anatomy and its relationship to bowel, bladder, and sexual function.  Mark your calendars and be sure to join the launch of this fantastic new program!  The inaugural event is sure to be a hit, and we look forward to seeing you there!


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