Pelvic Breath Connection

How your Pelvic Floor, voice and playing a wind instrument are connected

Your pelvic floor plays a very significant role when it comes to singing, acting and even playing instruments.

Your pelvic floor coordinates with your diaphragm. As you breathe in, your diaphragm contracts downwards and your pelvic floor should lengthen/relax. As you breathe out/ exhale, your diaphragm returns upwards allowing room for your pelvic floor to contract.

Singing, talking and playing instruments are always performed through exhalation and some with exerting force. At the end of this forceful effort, your pelvic floor should activate to counteract the pressure. This should be a harmonious response with your diaphragm. What commonly occurs is a “bearing down” notion of the abdominals and pelvic floor which increases pressure in the abdomen and pelvis with little movement of the diaphragm.


In contrast, as you inhale, your pelvic floor needs to lengthen to allow the pressure to move downwards in coordination with your diaphragm. As you sing, your pelvic floor needs to stay lengthened for a prolonged period of time. This allows a slow movement of the diaphragm to create an optimum amount of air movement to coordinate a resonant sound. 

Now if your pelvic floor is too tight or has difficulties lengthening, the pressure will stay in the abdomen and your diaphragm will not have as much movement. The outcome of this will be difficulties producing and coordinating sounds for extended periods and at different pitches.

Your vocal physiotherapist may ask you certain questions regarding your pelvic floor and may refer you to a pelvic floor physiotherapist to have this assessed. 

If this has raised any questions for you, reach out to a pelvic health physio for further advice

~ Zeba Haroon