Last week I was invited to London for a special screening of the film Embrace. I didn’t know what to expect, the purpose of the event was to introduce us to the Mutu system, a 12 week online exercise programme with a difference – it’s not designed to ‘get your body back,’ it’s a system that will get your core and pelvic floor working again the way it should.
We sat down for the film and at the end of it I was inspired, horrified and slightly hopeful for the future. What we watched was the journey of one Australian woman who had 3 children and hated her body. She decided to change it by entering a bodybuilding competition – she achieved her goal of getting that ‘bikini body’ she dreamed of, but the victory was somewhat shallow. The other women in the competition still had complaints about their bodies, even at the peak of physical perfection. She’d got the body she wanted but at what cost? She didn’t want to be constantly worrying about what to eat and abandoning her family. So she decided to let go – just be healthy, enjoy life and her family. Embrace the body she had. She felt empowered and wanted to share it with the world, so she posted a before and after picture with a difference. Her message resonated with so many, and she ended up going on a world tour visiting different women who have embraced their bodies in different ways. Here’s the trailer:
After the film we had a discussion. We all felt the same I believe, scared for the future of our daughters, and empowered by our own bodies. I’m overweight, I have stretchmarks and scars, but I have a body confidence that comes with age. I feel comfortable in my own body, sexy when I need to be, and comforting and comfortable for the children. Yes, when I look at my body in the mirror there are things I would change, but I’m not going to crash diet or exercise to get those changes. There’s too much pressure on perfection, the media celebrates thin and beauty in a way that’s unattainable. I do feel this is changing, with the way we share and consume information now. Traditional magazines are on the decline, and women are now preferring more real images.
Wendy Powell, the founder of the MuTu system explained how we should not only embrace our bodies, but we should expect them to work. We all deserve bodies that work! Since I had Daniel I’ve had more of a leaky pelvic floor than before, and my pelvic squeezes don’t seem to be working. The core strength is linked to the pelvic floor, imagine a parachute where the strings have sagged and the tent part is weighing down on the man below. That man is my pelvic floor! So I need to strengthen my core and pelvic floor together.
We all took part in some strength building posture and pelvic floor exercises, in a different way to how I’d been taught, and it really helped. I’ve embarked on the 12 week course myself and I have the MuTu kit box with all it’s goodies to help me on the way. I’ll be doing a review around the half way point to let you know how I get on with it. In the mean time, if you’d like more information about the course and a 15% discount (and to keep me company), here’s the link to the info – use the code EMBRACE15 when you check out and your discount will be applied. It’s also very helpful if you’ve been diagnosed with Diastasis Recti, when the stomach muscles don’t go back to where they’re supposed to after pregnancy. Not sure if you have it? Wendy has a simple test and some info for you here.
If you have any questions about pelvic floor strength, exercises or Diastasis Recti, do send me them, I can arrange for an interview with Wendy to ask any questions if I don’t know the answer. The Mutu system is designed for whenever you are ready to start, be that soon after the birth of your baby, or several years afterwards! Stay tuned for my review, and I’ll be chatting about it over on Instagram stories, just make sure you’re following me @midwifeandlife to catch my ramblings. I know you are, you’re reading this! But just in case, head on over and say hi, I love that. Want more support? I have a parenting and pregnancy group over on Facebook, join the conversation there and let’s have a virtual cuppa.
Disclosure: I have been given access to the online 12 week programme and I have been compensated for my time in creating this post. All opinions are my own and honest.