Presenter: Maree Frost

Maree is a pelvic floor physiotherapist with over 20 years experience in this field. She has her own private practice in Christchurch working closely with gynaecologists, urologists, colorectal surgeons, musculo-skeletal and pain specialists. Her work involves treating a wide range of conditions such as bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain conditions and musculo-skeletal conditions affecting the pelvis.

Maree is a regular speaker at workshops and study days for physiotherapists, doctors, nurses and personal trainers. One of her projects in the last four years has been to educate personal trainers about the pelvic floor and the implications for exercise. This came about due to increasing concern that some types of exercises given by trainers were causing pelvic floor symptoms. Maree has developed a one-day workshop with support from Continence NZ to educate trainers about the anatomy and types of dysfunction of the pelvic floor and how to exercise their clients safely.

This workshop has been run over the past four years in the North and South Islands by pelvic floor physiotherapists. Well over 350 personal trainers and exercise professionals have attended these workshops giving outstanding feedback.


Time: 1.00-2.00pm

Session: Pelvic Floor Focus – an Overview

This session is an overview of the one-day Pelvic Floor Focus workshop. Maree will briefly cover pelvic floor anatomy and the types of issues that can occur in the pelvic floor and the resulting symptoms. Maree will introduce to attendees how they can be more aware of their client’s history and potential for pelvic floor issues plus how to prevent symptoms through corrective exercises. This topic is often assumed that it is only for trainers who work with women post-partum. 

Please note; it is for all trainers and exercise professionals to understand this topic. Both men and women of all ages and stages of life can be at risk of damage to the pelvic floor. Come and find out how and ensure you are not one of the trainers or exercise professionals causing damage.


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