It's pretty exciting and very inspiring to sit alongside some of Australia's leading Women's Health professionals while hearing from some of the world's leading Women's Health professionals!
Held at the Crown Promenade on September 12 + 14 and coordinated by Michelle Wright of MishFit, the weekend kicked off with the hilarious Elaine Miller 'Gussie Grips'. Her award winning show brings to light and starts the conversation on the 'taboo' topic of incontinence. Shockingly, 1 in 3 women will suffer from incontinence in their life (typical causing factors include childbirth, obesity and the hormonal changes of menopause). But there is hope! The under-performing muscles of the pelvic floor, that are the reason you might be incontinent, can be trained just like any other muscle. With the help of a great Women's Health physiotherapist, there is an 80% cure rate. In Victoria, we can use the Victorian Continence Resource Center for more information and to help you find a physio for you.
Following Elaine's hilarious session, we were all inspired by the amazing Jenny Burrell, all the way from London, who encouraged us to help women 'Stand in their sacred space' in her informative Post Natal Core and Restore session. Jenny is very passionate about Women's Health and it is hard not to leave her session without a renewed sense of needed to empower Every. Single. Woman. around you to do more and be more!
In the final session for the Saturday, we heard from the incredible knowledgeable Robin Kerr. With over 20 years' experience, Robin's insight into posture and gait informed our views on transegrity - with a focus on the pelvic floor being integrated into our movement patterns and how poor movement patterns can affect the function of the pelvic floor.
Day Two kicked off at 8am as we sat down to hear from Lisa Westlake in her Exercising for 2 session. An hour with Lisa was just not enough! She gave us so many great ideas for helping beautiful mothers to be enjoy a healthy pregnancy and to prepare their bodies for birth and beyond. One pearl of wisdom that came from this session is to remember to 'Live life like you're wearing a mini-skirt' during pregnancy to help keep your body safe.
Following Lisa's informative talk, we got to get up out of our seats and have a bit of a Play with Mel from PTAcademy! For me, this session helped me consolidate what I already try to do in most of our group sessions. As adults, we don't often get the experience of unstructured play. Sure, we play sports. But have you ever watched children play? It's exploration. It's experimentation. It's an experience! Mel gave us some great ways to incorporate play into our group sessions.
During our extended lunch break, I got to 'network' with Antony, The Physio Detective, and Jenni of ZipRFit. Both are doing fantastic things in their own fields. Both Antony and Jenni are finding new and better ways of human movement. I even got to record a small segment for one of Antony's podcasts!
After lunch, I attended a fantastic session about mindful eating and 'Why Diets Don't Work' with Zoe Nicholson. I actually can't wait to share her ideas with you and so won't write too much here. This session was the session that resonated personally with me the most.
The final session for the weekend for me was again presented by Elaine Miller. Except this time, she wasn't being funny. In fact, she was serious and she was angry! We had a fantastic, semi open floor session about integrating Women's Health across all health professionals - bridging the gap between doctors, physios, chiros, all the way to personal trainers. Robin Kerr brought up such an interesting point in this session - she asked why pelvic floor physiotherapy STILL is not part of Medicare?! Elaine empowered us to start the conversation, to bring this topic to the attention of our government. She then asked for ideas for a Twitter # to use for this topic, and guess what this little word whiz did? I came up with one that everyone loved!! So, #sharethefloor is the one that will be used by Women's Health professionals around the world as we try to bring the topic of pelvic floor health to life.
The closing ceremony was filled with inspiration and emotion. We heard more of the MishFit story. The 'door prizes' were drawn and I was lucky enough to score myself a mini-facial from Endota Carlton! Lisa Westlake took to the stage again, this time to finish off with her keynote address, 'Reach for the Rainbow'. It was a very inspiring, uplifting talk that culminated with some meditation and a physical reminder of our own Rainbow in the form of a rainbow bracelet to wear.
I am so happy to have been a part of the Summit. I am looking forward to attending next year's and can't wait to see what's in store!