You know that I’m a fan of the MuTu System for healing Diastasis Recti and other physical issues related to childbearing. You can see my full review of the System here. This weekend, MuTu is 33% off — sale lasts through Cyber Monday! Thank you so much for using any of my links here on the blog – they are affiliate links and that little bit helps me out a lot!
A lot of readers bought the System back in July when it was discounted. I’m curious to know whether you’ve gotten started on it! Has it helped you? I hope so!
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Where I’m at these days with MuTu:
When Chickapea was about one month old, I saw a physical therapist to address pelvic pain. She gave me an exam and told me that my DR gap was four fingers wide (small mama/big baby problems I guess!). She suggested a plan by which I go in to see her twice a week for who knows how many weeks and that I start doing such and such exercises and stretches… Well, going to see her twice a week was just not going to happen without a tremendous life shift and expense for me (even though seeing her would have been covered through our cost-sharing ministry, just getting to her for those appointments when I have three little kids was an extremely daunting prospect!).
So I decided I would jump back onto MuTu right away and check in with her if the pain persisted.
Quite simply, within a few weeks of doing MuTu faithfully, my pain was gone.
About six weeks later, my gap was down to two fingers. (I also quickly shed my baby weight.)
Nowadays it’s even less, sometimes less than one finger gap — depends on the day, honestly, and how well I’ve been able to keep up with all my exercises! The past few months have been extremely busy and I haven’t been able to do much beyond my daily core exercises (in other words, I haven’t gotten the intensive exercises in lately, and I miss them!).
[In the past few months I’ve realized that I’m also struggling with some gut health issues that are working against me in getting my core all the way back in shape. I’m trying to sort that out and I think that that will be a huge help to me in totally realigning my Transverse Abdominal muscles.]
In the meantime, I’m learning once again how important alignment is. All day long, all the time, I have to be working on these habits. Sitting on my ‘sit bones.’ Engaging my core before I stand up out of a comfy chair after nursing. Holding my big baby in such a way that my back is straight, I’m not tucking my pelvis in, and I’m using my arms to hold him up (not draping him on myself and leaning into bad positions).
One big lesson I’ve taken away from this time through the 12 week program is to put my weight through my heels. So when I’m at the counter, washing dishes, at the sink, standing at the park — even when I’m sitting — I have to think “heels, heels, heels.” Take your weight off of the balls of your feet, press into the ground through your heels (and I’m talking about being in bare feet or flat shoes!), unlock your knees, un-tuck your pelvis, take a deep breath, roll your shoulders down, and pick your chin up. You’ll feel better, taller, and more svelte right away! (Did you do that just now? Don’t you feel better?)
Another key learning for me: I don’t like the MuTu soundtrack. I find it very uninspiring and a bit dull. It took me this long to figure out that, when I watch the videos, I can turn the volume all the way down and turn some music up! Especially now that I know the videos well so I’m not really missing out on her spoken instructions. (This is probably obvious to most people, but I’m late to the party.) While I don’t always look forward to turning on the workout video, sometimes I will really look forward to a chance to listen to some of my music — something that’ll make my workout an actually fun time. Sometimes I’ll dance a little between exercise sets. It’s a major mood lift!
Some of you have asked about how much time it takes. If you’re going to do it right, plan on at least 15 minutes a day devoted to your core exercises; and one daily walk. A few weeks into the program, you’ll build up to an additional half and hour every few days for an intensive workout. You may have to take some time to adjust your eating habits as well, but that’s just a matter of some strategizing about meal planning and grocery shopping — once you figure those things out, it’ll just be part of your routine. (MuTu provides some food guidance!)
I find that it works best for me to get my core workout in first thing in the morning (that’s the 15 min one) before the kids are out of bed so that it’s out of the way. It also helps me to align properly all day long. That being said, if you only have time midday when your kids are napping, it is a lovely pick-me-up! And getting it in before bed is better than nothing at all.
If you have any cushion at all in your schedule, it is worth giving up a TV show or time online or some other non-essential thing in order to make space for this.
Whenever I have time for the full program, I feel energized, strong, and upright. Wendy uses the word, ‘vital’ to describe how she wants MuTu Mamas to feel, and I think it’s a very apt term! This helps me feel vital, even if things aren’t perfect. I want to be vital enough to keep up with my kids and hopefully give them lots of siblings! I’m also grateful for MuTu because, although my tummy isn’t totally healed, it has given me a very strong pelvic floor and I have no issues in that regard.
My friends who have gotten into MuTu have all told me that they love it. It works. I can attest to the fact that it is not an overnight fix, but it is a flexible approach that will get results if you follow through. I can’t often leave the house for a run (and running might not even be advisable when you’re healing your core and pelvic floor), but I can set aside 20-30 minutes to getting moving in my living room!
And for anyone reading this who doesn’t have babies yet: I encourage you to do this or some other program that will strengthen your core! Hindsight is 20/20 — if I’d have known that this would be my challenge now, I would have been on top of my core workouts back in the day! And even if having babies was a while ago, according to Wendy, it’s never too late to heal your Diastasis Recti.
Now of course, you know me and you know that I am all about thriftiness! So I only want you to buy this if you really need it and will actually use it. If you’d like to comment below or send me an email to ask further questions, feel free! I’ll be honest. Again, thank you so much for using my links here when you purchase!
Any tips from other mamas using MuTu? Did you buy the program in July?