In the latest unusual recommendation on Gwyneth Paltrow's website GOOP, readers are encouraged to 'try peeing in the shower' by a 'structural integrative specialist'
Whether it’s a beauty treatment that steams your, umm, lady bits or how to have an affordable yachting holiday, Gwyneth Paltrow‘s website GOOP never fails to make us LOL with its unusual recommendations – but this one takes the pee. Literally.
A new post on the actress-turned-lifestyle-guru’s site recommends that readers try weeing in the shower to strengthen their pelvic muscles and thus improve their sex life – eww!
In the piece – titled The Secrets of the Pelvic Floor – ‘structural integrative specialist’ Lauren Roxberg encourages the really (or even ‘wee-ly’) gross activity.
‘Try peeing in the shower squatting down,’ Lauren writes. ‘When you squat to pee as opposed to sitting up straight on the toilet, you automatically engage your pelvic floor and it naturally stretches and tones.’
She continues: ‘Because your urethra is pointed straight down in this position all you have to do is relax for urine to flow out easily—as opposed to sitting up straight and having to strain to empty your bladder.
The benefits of this ‘exercise’, she says, included the lengthening and toning of pelvic floor tissues and muscles – and a strong pelvic floor is ‘the key to great sex, a flat tummy, and the key to never laying in a supply of [incontinence pants] Depends.’ So now you know.
Lauren has some other handy tips too when it comes to exercising your pelvic floor.
‘It’s important to activate the muscles that you use cut your pee off mid-stream,’ she says.
‘To do this, contract, pull up, and hold. You should feel a tightening around your vagina, though try not to tighten your butt or upper belly muscles.
‘Contrast this move by letting go of the muscles: Feel the base of the core relax, and then relax one more layer to fully surrender.’
The article also features a handy diagram pointing out the key areas of the pelvic diaphragm, including the pubic crest, the urethral canal and the vaginal canal. How educational!