Learn How to Improve Optimal Fetal Alignment

The Tummy Team specializes in functional core strength – training your internal corset muscle (the transverse abdominis) to be able to hold your body upright, while aligned and stable for real-life functional activities like sitting, standing, lifting and, in this case, supporting the uterus in pregnancy and labor and delivery. As Physical Therapists, we have the benefit of seeing clients …

3 Easy Ways to Improve Diastasis Recti While You Are Pregnant

Diastasis recti – a separation of the abdominal wall at the linea alba – is very common during pregnancy for many reasons. At The Tummy Team, we’ve seen that it is most commonly caused by the pressure of the growing baby combined with an already weak core, poor alignment, and excessive pregnancy hormones. The pregnancy hormone known as relaxin is …

How to Have a Strong Birth When You Are on Bed Rest

The Tummy Team has the opportunity to work with pregnant women around the world with our online Prenatal Core Training Program. Based on years of clinical experience at our Physical Therapy practice in Camas WA we have developed a very effective program so women can systematically prepare their core and pelvic floor for the demands of pregnancy, the coordination needed …

6 Steps to Understand and Address Grief and Trauma in your Core

The most common contributing factor with all of our functional core and pelvic floor weakness clients is disconnect.  Emotional and physical disconnection is a natural response to trauma and grief.  Our body instinctively protects us from pain and looks for ways to distance us from painful experiences, and while disconnection is a natural survival technique, it is not a healthy …

10 Questions to Ask a Core Rehab Specialist

How to Find a Core Rehab Specialist The Tummy Team specializes in functional core rehabilitation – specifically the treatment of diastasis recti and related symptoms of low back pain, pelvic instability, pelvic floor weakness, sciatica, intestinal issues and more. Our approach is based on neurologically retraining the body in functional activities and balancing out in muscle imbalances to allow the …

Birth Plans

While brainstorming for a fresh take on childbirth classes, a fellow midwife and I were in search of a way to turn birth plans upside down and shake them so that parents could really see them for what they were and to be able to embrace their birth outcomes in a better way. What’s going to make you feel good …

Healing an Umbilical Hernia

At the Tummy Team, we offer Prenatal Core Training to prepare the abdomen for carrying and delivering the baby – both which can cause or worsen diastasis and other problems. We encourage our clients to journal their story so they can see the changes. Below are the first 2 inspiring journal entries from an online client about healing her umbilical …

Is Core Rehab Really Possible Online?

A question we asked for a long time was… can you really achieve core rehab through an online program? Rehab is personal and specific, and people have the best results when we can see them and treat them specifically. But the reality is there are a limited number of therapists who do what we do and yet so many women …

Prenatal Core Training Testimony

The Tummy Team can help with a variety of problems after they arise – diastasis recti, pelvic floor issues, chronic pain, abdominal hernias, intestinal issues and more (you can view a detailed list of symptoms related to core weakness here). But we also specialize in preparing for labor to keep these problems from happening, or at least minimize the possibility of existing …

The Question You Never Ask

The Wrong Questions to Ask… Although the question “are you pregnant” can seem innocent on the surface, it actually has a big impact. Here is what we need to consider… I write this post as a public service announcement to help everyone involved in this awkward situation. I have personally experienced the pain of poorly timed comments and questions about …

Healing Diastasis Recti Postpartum

The Tummy Team can help with a variety of issues from simple back pain to severe diastasis. We have helped women of all ages and even men too, but a large portion of our clients tend to be postpartum mothers. We have a soft spot for postpartum mothers because our program came from a personal desire to find healing for …

Healing After Devastating Loss

We see clients in many stages of life, from grandmothers to mothers to be. Unfortunately for many, they have experienced the devastating loss of their baby from miscarriages or birth complications. This is an extremely painful and deeply emotional experience for women. They often disconnect, emotionally, from their tummies which has physical effects on the body. This is the healing …

Healing Diastasis and Bladder Prolapse

Healing diastasis recti & prolapse is absolutely possible! We believe women do not have to fall apart after birthing children! We offer a Prenatal Core Foundation Training and our programs heal diastasis and other related issues, as well as prepare the body for living life. We have helped many moms and welcomed many babies into our little family. Below is the …