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Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution to Abdominal Weakness and Separation Paperback – February 1, 2016
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Using the same friendly approach that makes her anatomy and movement lessons so easy to follow, Bowman provides tactics that are understandable and clearly described. The use of photography is also helpful, with the author demonstrating each move in addition to providing step-by-step instructions.
Although Bowman's main purpose is education, what she really brings is empowerment. Encouraging people to know their own bodies, and then pursue solutions that make them healthier and happier, is a powerful approach to wellness.
By making the material understandable, approachable, and achievable, Bowman offers an outstanding and necessary guide to diastasis recti and many other abdomen-related issues. Everyone can benefit from these insights and improve their health in an empowered and proactive way.
--Foreword Reviews, reviewed by Elizabeth Millard, May 27, 2016 forewordreviews.com/reviews/diastasis-recti/
Katy's book presents a global approach to healing after DR. For example, she stresses the role of the movements and postural habits of the pelvis and ribcage. This discussion struck me as especiallyimportant for people who do CrossFit or weightlifting, with repetitivemovements like overhead presses and heavy squats. But don't expect tofind tables full of Do's and Don't's in Katy's book. Her approach isalso highly individual and takes into account the many variables thatexist from person to person...Diastasis recti is a whole-body issue that requires a whole-body approach. It's refreshing to find a resource that acknowledges that need and provides concrete steps to achieve it.
About the Author
With radical, science-based health directives, Katy is taking the health-and-wellness world by storm with her bold exercise is not movement platform. A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, she has helped thousands reduce chronic pain, increase bone density, and improve metabolic health through movement and proper alignment.
In addition to hosting her podcast KatySays (one of Greatist's Best Health and Fitness Podcasts of All Time ) and writing for her award-winning blog KatySays.com, she is a regular source for national health publications like Prevention and Men s Health, and is a sought after guest on radio, television pod-casted talk shows and news segments. Creator of the Aligned and WellTM DVD series, Katy's groundbreaking work in pelvic floor restoration has made her particularly popular with midwives, OBGYNs, and others concerned with pelvic mobility, strength, and health.
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Why only 4 stars? Well, I will admit that one thing I was looking for (and am still looking for) is a simple 5-20 minute daily core workout with DR-friendly exercises. There are whole chapters full of exercises in this book, but most are aimed at stretching and restoring mind-body connections to each of the muscles that link up with your core. Only a couple target the core specifically. Yes, Katy's overarching point is that DR is a whole-body problem that requires a whole-body solution. But at the end of the day, many of her readers, like myself, may want more specific core strengthening exercises that meet her criteria of working multiple muscle groups through a range of motion. I am aligning my body more effectively now, but...my core is still weak!
Another pro/con of this book (and it is both a pro and a con) is that tailoring her recommended exercises to your situation is up to you. There are several chapters of exercises, which makes it both a versatile, adaptable sourcebook and a bit of work for the reader. It's up to you to try the exercises, see which are most applicable to your body and situation, and create your own plan to do them regularly (I'm guessing that not many of us have the time to do every one every day!). This is NOT a "read the chapter with the core workout and just do that" kind of book.
In the end, though, her holistic view of DR is right on target--resolving it is not a matter of "fixing" one thing, but of addressing multiple factors (posture, diet, lifestyle, etc.). This book supplies that vision and a solid plan for addressing some of those areas. You may find as I did that it does not solve every problem or provide every resource you need to improve your DR, but it gets you started and heading in the right direction.