The Tummy Team is passionate about giving you resources to be strong for your real life. Kelly often looks for tools to help you set up your environment to work for you and has specific products that she recommends frequently. Here is a list of Kelly’s favorite products from Amazon along with the reasons she recommends them.
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Active sitting on your sit bones with good lumbar support is the foundation of everything we teach with our functional core rehab process. Unfortunately, most of us do not have enough lumbar support in our cars, or our desk chairs or on the chair we feed the baby on. These are the mesh back supports that we sell at our clinic. They are just enough support without being too much. They mold a bit to each person and they fit great in the car.
These resistance bands are my absolutely favorite piece of home fitness equipment. They are inexpensive, have a lifetime warranty and take up little space. We recommend the smallest (12 pc) set for our clients. Most of our exercises use the green or red band, the handles and the door anchor. The bands help you activate your core while strengthening the other muscles of your body. Resistance bands activate your stabilizer (core) and mover (arms and legs) muscles at the same time and allow you to stretch and strengthen muscles at the same time. We use the bands in most of our fitness progressions in the online programs and with all of our clinic clients.
We always recommend wearing a layer of clothing under your abdominal rehab splint. This can be tricky if you are nursing. Belly bands like these can act as a barrier between your skin and your splint but still give access to your baby to nurse.
Most of us are deficient in magnesium in our diets. Magnesium is essential for the relaxation of muscles. We love Natural Calm magnesium because it is safe for pregnancy, nursing and is very effective. We recommend Natural Calm for our clients who are struggling with constipation as it helps the digestive tract function more effectively. It is also good to help with stress, anxiety, muscle tension, difficulty relaxing to be able to sleep and so much more. They just started offering gummies which seem to be our clients favorite!
Magnesium Oil distributes muscle relaxing magnesium directly into your blood stream and muscles. You simply massage it into tight muscles for a few minutes and it works pretty quickly. It is a great way to get magnesium into your body and to locally direct it to the muscles that hurt the most. Sometimes it makes your skin a bit tingly after it absorbs, just us a damp cloth to wipe off the excess to resolve this. I use this brand in our clinic and at home, I love it.
The Tummy Team loves Squatty Potty. Constipation is very common with functional core weakness and pregnancy. Holding your breath and bearing down during bowel movements is detrimental to your core and pelvic floor. We instructed all of our clients in proper “potty posture” including placing your legs in a supported squat to unkink the colon and open up the pelvis. Squatty potty is the perfect tool for this and it slides easily around your toilet when not in use. We also use squatty potty for our birth preparation to work on the coordination of the core and pelvic floor for delivery with our prenatal clients.
For our new moms we talk a lot about setting up a “nursing throne” to best support you when you are sitting for hours on end feeding and snuggling your baby. This is one possible option that gives good lumbar support and has full back support as well. Depending on your height you may still need additional lumbar support but this chair is a good option.
This is the ultimate “nursing throne” chair! It has good support but also has some massage, heat and reclining features. Most new born moms are in the nursing/baby feeding postures for 8-14 hours a day! You deserve a throne! Again, depending on your size and height, you may need to add additional back support like a pillow to give you the seat depth and lumbar support that fits your body.
We refer to this as the “baby bean bag.” We use this type of pillow ON TOP of the boppy or breast friend nursing pillows to elevate baby closer to the breast and minimize the need for mom to hunch or round their body to lower the breast to the baby. Often this little travel pillow is just what you need to make up the space and improve your nursing posture.
We use these yoga bolsters for many things. It is a great way to add firm back support to a saggy sofa or a really deep couch. It can take up some of the seat depth for our shorter clients to get back support AND have their feet on the ground. You can use it long way or short way. It is also wonderful for doing the Jesus Pose on to get a bit more of a supported chest opener while keeping your ribs supported and connected. It can help for support to sit on the ground when playing with kids if you have poor knees or cannot tolerate floor sitting. So many options!
These little yoga blocks are helpful for so many things but we often recommend them to adjust clients active sitting postures or work posture. They can be the exact size to put under your feet to help you feel grounded while you are sitting well with full back support. They can also be used to raise surfaces or to help with squat transitions and squat stretches.
This is the long foam roller that we recommend and use in our clinic. We have some foam roller integration in Core Integrations and make some suggestions during eSessions at times. We like this length so you can lie long ways with the roller along your spine to help with core connection while increasing scapular mobility. This one is a firm but supportive.
Massage cups can be a great tool for some self care myofascial release. We use massage cups in our clinic with clients and at times instruct clients to use cups at home. Especially helpful to gently work on plantar fasciitis and tight IT bands but also can be helpful for scar tissue work and self massage along other tight muscles. These are the cups we often recommend for clients who are instructed to do cupping at home.
Many of our clients have sore muscles from overuse or compensation patterns. We love this massage lotion because it has a little warmth to it and can really help loosen up those tight muscles. We use this in our clinic when we do some manual releases.
Functional pelvic floor rehab sometimes includes discomfort with intimacy. There are several products that Gillian (our pelvic floor specialist) recommends to help with lubrication. This slippery stuff is water based and a great option. It is VERY slippery so use with care 🙂
Although we focus on functional core rehab, there are times when how we walk is affecting the rest of our body. We sometimes work on normalizing the movement patterns in the feet to help with how clients move throughout the day. These are my favorite toe separators that I sometimes encourage clients to use to help change the biomechanics of their feet and improve foot pain.
This laptop riser a simple way to elevate your lap top screen so your “eyes are on the horizon” so your work posture easier to maintain your “long lean and lifted” active sitting posture. If you are doing a lot of key board work then we recommend getting a wireless key board as well for optimal arm/hand/wrist position.
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