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You’re doing it Wrong: 4 Stages of Core Activation

Activate your core! We hear this all the time. We are told, “you need to strengthen your core”, “make sure you are engaging your core”, “if your core was stronger, your pain would improve, your posture would be better, your back would not keeping ‘going out’.” But what does it actually mean to activate your core? Well, it is not what you might think. The first thing to understand is…What is your core?  It sounds…
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FREE Tummy Team Essentials

What are the things that are essential to carry with you throughout your day? What are things you absolutely CANNOT leave behind? For the next 6 days, The Tummy Team is going to give you FREE resources and tips inspired by our Core Foundations course to teach you how and why functional core strength is essential to your everyday life. This series will include emails that come once a day that will walk you step…
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6 Benefits of Abdominal Massage

One of the components to The Tummy Team’s functional core rehabilitation approach is intentional self-abdominal massage.  Most of the clients we work with deal with some level of disconnect from their core muscles. Reconnecting the muscles of the core is one of the very first steps in retraining the muscles to stabilize and support the body throughout the day. Unfortunately, as simple and effective as adding abdominal massage to your daily routine can be, it…
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5 Most Common Questions About Diastasis Recti

The Tummy Team specializes in functional core rehabilitation, specifically treating the very common yet very under-diagnosed condition called Diastasis Recti. Since there is so much conflicting and confusing information out there about diastasis recti, we focus on not only treating the condition but being a resource to those who are seeking more information. Below are the 5 most common questions we get about diastasis recti and the answers. _______________________________________________________ What is diastasis recti? Diastasis Recti…
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4 Helpful Answers To Validate Your Pelvic Floor Symptoms

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Pelvic floor symptoms historically are neglected by the medical community. Dismissing valid symptoms and offering ridiculous remedies cause women to power through what they are feeling and ultimately causes more damage. The Tummy Team was actually created to help validate, educate and offer clinically proven solutions for common core and pelvic floor symptoms. Sadly, we have personally experienced this medical neglect and have heard horror stories from clients over the years of working with women…
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The Most Ridiculous Pelvic Floor Advice I Got From A Doctor

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Have you noticed how quickly pelvic floor issues are dismissed by the medical community? The sole reason that The Tummy Team exists is that I (Kelly Dean, MPT, and founder) was completely dismissed by the medical community and I refused to give up my search for answers to why my body was falling apart. When the doctor or physical therapist dismisses or minimizes your valid symptoms, you start to dismiss them too. You are either…
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6 Questions on Diastasis Recti and Fitness

  When we feel weak and disconnected from our core we typically turn to a new fitness routine. But what we might really need is functional core rehab. Diastasis recti (a separated abdominal wall) is so under-diagnosed that most people are unaware that they might be suffering from a condition that needs rehab – not just more sit-ups.  It is so important to understand the connection between diastasis recti and fitness choices before you make…
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4 Body Aches that are Signs of Core Weakness

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There are a lot of movements we do every day around the house that can put us in compromising postures leading to pain, dysfunction, fatigue and even injury. Most of the time we simply push through the pain. Sometimes, well-meaning clients think the solution is an intense “boot camp” style workout regimen. Unfortunately, neither of those solutions address the real issue: functional core weakness. Functional Core Weakness is defined as the inability of the muscles…
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4 Weird Questions Moms Ask About Their Body

  Mothers are working all the time. Whether you are a working mom or stay at home mom, you are always working, and it often involves a lot of compromised postures. These compromised postures and body mechanics usually lead to pain and dysfunction. Because mothers are excellent at powering through pain, oftentimes many years go by before they stop and think, “what happened?” What many don’t realize is that it’s all related to functional core…
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The Invisible Workout Moms Do Everyday

Have you ever considered the physical demands of motherhood? We focus so much on that workout we can squeeze into nap time or after work, yet we often underestimate the invisible workout we are doing all day, every day.  The Tummy Team focuses on supporting and strengthening women for all the different seasons or motherhood.  Let’s examine the seasons of motherhood and embrace the way our body is working for us. The Season of Preparation | Pregnancy…
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