I blitzed my bits at a £2k vagina gym – and it felt like being pinged with an elastic band

Like many mums, I tell friends I do my pelvic floor exercises but, when it comes down to it, does anyone actually?

Here’s where the Emsella chair comes in. I’d never considered working out my vagina before but when I heard about the ‘kegel throne’ I was keen to give it a go.

The electromagnetic device, one of just four in the country, is designed to blitz your bits into shape with thousands of pulses.

The chair has your pelvic floor muscles running the London marathon while you sit back and relax. It sounds too good to be true.

I’m told this magic chair completes the equivalent of 11,000 kegel exercises per 28-minute session, which is definitely more than I’ve ever done in the four years since my son was born.


Despite my excitement, as the treatment edges nearer I start to question what I’ve signed up for. "Will it hurt?" is the main question running through my head.

As I arrive at Grace Belgravia, the swanky London clinic that counts Pippa Middleton and Cara Delevingne as members, I've convinced myself it’s going to be intrusive and awful.

I’m told it uses the same tech as an MRI scanner – and no one pops out for one of those on their lunch break.

But it turns out the most painful part is the hit to your credit card. The recommended course of six sessions comes in at £2,000.

Advocates argue this is more cost effective than a lifetime of Tena Lady pads.

On the plus side, you don’t even have to take your clothes off. After a chat to the therapist, I perch on the chair and am told to shuffle upward a bit to get things flat to the surface of the plate.

At first, I feel vibrations in my bum cheeks, like they are being clenched involuntarily. I slide a little downwards and suddenly I feel things engage, prompting a loud squeal.

The first whizz of the electromagnet in the right area is like a rap of a stick along a metal railing fence, making me judder. I can’t help but let out what definitely sounds like a squawk.

It feels like being pinged with an elastic band – although not in a painful way.

It sends shudders right into my muscles and I feel them contract with what feels like newfound strength.

However, my body soon adjusts to the new feeling and things settle so I can listen to the therapist and by the end, even look at a magazine.

The therapist tells me that in other clinics they even have the chairs in the reception area.

Well, you are fully clothed at all times so why not? Providing you can contain your squeals.

The magnets work in a sequence and after each burst you are given a rest session.

What are pelvic floor exercises?

Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help stop incontinence, treat prolapse, and make sex better, too.

Both men and women can benefit from doing pelvic floor exercises.

Suddenly, everyone in the room – myself, our photographer and the two therapists from Grace Belgravia – are all talking about things below the waist and everyone has their own concerns.

We all agree it’s not something we tend to discuss with anyone very regularly.

But this is not about vanity, it’s not about designer vaginas – it’s about feeling how you were before kids. All of us agree that things have never been *quite* the same.

As I stand up I genuinely can feel my muscles are tired. It’s like I’ve done squats from the inside out. It’s a dull feeling but I’m definitely aware my muscles have been working.


While I would need more treatments to get the full effect, my next session at the gym included a few extra tuck jumps – with no nasty surprises. Who knows, it might even improve my sex life.

But is it worth it? Well, with one in five women suffering incontinence there’s definitely a market for it.

A woman suffering with incontinence can spend an average of £600 a year on pads and protection, not to mention the worries and concerns about the condition.

If you are one of those, and really struggling, then the machine could help you.

At the end of my session, I left realising this isn’t about aesthetics; it’s about giving women their dignity back.

And for some, it could be a real life changer.

What does the Emsella chair do?

The Emsella Chair used magnetic fields to strengthen pelvic muscles in women who suffer stress incontinence.

Women sit, fully clothed, on the chair and the magnetic fields exercise the pelvic floor with the equivalent of 11,000 voluntary contractions in the 25-28 minute treatment cycle.

By strengthening the pelvic floor muscles pressure on the urethra is reduced, which leads to improved continence.

The clinical results are impressive and three published peer reviewed clinical papers all demonstrate patient satisfaction rates over 95 per cent with 67 per cent becoming completely dry.

It is estimated that between 30 to 40 per cent of women will suffer from urinary stress incontinence at some point in their lives.

According to a recent study 32 per cent of women in the UK experienced symptoms of urinary incontinence in the previous 30 days.

The problem often becomes apparent during activities such as jumping on a trampoline, dancing, laughing or coughing.

It occurs after vaginal childbirth and becomes more of a problem the more children a woman has.

Six 25 to 28 minute sessions on the Emsella Chair are recommended and results last for approximately two years.

The Grace Clinic in Belgravia, London, is the third UK clinic to offer the treatment.

For more information visit www.riveraesthetics.com.

Meanwhile, these five foods will help strengthen your pelvic floor – and send your sex life off the charts.

Here is a guide on how to do pelvic floor exercises properly.

 

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