Now that you know what to be feeling with your pelvic floor and kegal, let’s move on to the diaphragm. Take a deep breath for me. Are you breathing from your chest or your belly?
If you’re unsure, place one hand on each and take another deep breath. If the hand on your chest is moving first or more than the hand on your belly then you are breathing from your chest. This means you are utilizing your accessory breathing muscles and not your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is designed to be your main breathing muscle.
There are many benefits related to diaphragmatic breathing such as relaxation, meditation, and even mild pain relief, but it also plays a role in pelvic floor activation and helps stop leakage.
This contraction-relaxation relationship between these two muscles (diaphragm and pelvic floor) ensures that pressure in the abdominal cavity does not increase and put stress on your bladder causing it to leak.