Supporting positive body image with MuTu Systems

Supporting positive body image with MuTu Systems

Last week I attended an event hosted by MuTu Systems, and it was a brilliant, empowering and emotional morning in Central London in the Lumiere Building. Truth be told I had no idea what I would be letting myself in for, and I certainly didn’t realise I would come away feeling a whole host of emotions concerning how women perceive their body image.

Throughout my life I’ve felt ok about my body, never hating it, but never loving it. I’m naturally slim, however my perceptions changed after pregnancy, and I’m sure that many women would say the same. I disliked my tummy, my c-section scar, my protruding hernia and saggy boobs. I also felt that I had piled on the pounds somewhat after eating sweets and chocolate daily at work. It probably took me about a year after having our daughter to return to what I felt was normal.

All these feelings I had about my body were amplified when we watched the film “Embrace” which was all about a lady called Taryn Brumfitt who travelled across the world exploring our poor perceptions of body image. I was fairly alarmed watching this that no one had anything positive to say about their body, lots of people hated it, disliked it, hated their wobbly bits, and felt disgusting.

“Boobs are not slinky’s”

Why do we feel this way? Has society robbed us of loving our body? Has social media body shamed us so much that we can no longer love our body, and everyone perceives an airbrushed model to be the perfect body?

Watching that film made me realise that we need to embrace our bodies, there is no perfect, that’s why it’s called “Embrace”. Our bodies have done wonderful things, they’ve raised and fed children, each day they are getting older, and we should embrace that. At the end of the film I don’t think that there was a dry eye in the room after watching how Taryn had travelled the world trying to positively change perception.

Supporting positive body image with Mutu Systems

To help change the negative perception and make our bodies fit for purpose we were introduced to Wendy Powell who set up the company MuTu Systems. The philosophy behind MuTu Systems is to support Mums who want to shift their mummy tummy, heal their pelvic floor and core, feel strong inside and out, and overall provide a positive body confidence. The purpose is to make your body function properly after having a baby, and I can speak from experience having developed a 1cm hernia (although I’m not sure if that was pregnancy related) and a 5cm gap between my stomach muscles (also known as Diastasis Recti which for me is definitely pregnancy related).

Supporting positive body image with Mutu Systems

To help us get to grips with the MuTu System we did some simple pilates exercise, and although it was said to be simple, it was flipping hard. Try pulling up your pelvic floor whilst you exhale. It’s really hard. Although with a lot of practice and concentration it got easier, and I could actually start to feel it work on my poor stomach muscle. Having said that I’m not too sure how effective it was when my daughter was climbing all over me.

To end the event we were treated to a light lunch and a MuTu Systems starter pack. I’m already looking to completing the Mutu System course over the next 12 weeks and seeing the impact it has on my body. Watch this space for a blog post coming in early 2018 to see how I got on.

Claire x

Thank you to Mutu Systems and Wendy Powell for hosting an amazing event, I felt proud to be part of it, and thank you also for looking after my daughter on the day.

Supporting positive body image with Mutu Systems

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  1. Helen @talking_mums November 22, 2017 / 8:04 am

    It sounds really inspirational. It’s sad but I don’t think there are many women who can wholeheartedly say they love their body especially after having children. Myself included. muTu sounds fab x
    #fortheloveofblog
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  2. Noleen Miller November 22, 2017 / 9:15 am

    This MuTu system sounds fab if you want to tone. I have accepted that I will no longer look the way I did in my 20’s or early 30’s. Now that I am in my 40’s I’m more comfortable in my own body with stretchmarks, bumps and fat thighs. I don’t know why people should be body shaming. Thanks for sharing #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. Amy - The Rolling Baby November 22, 2017 / 11:26 am

    This sounds like it was a really interesting event. I’ve never been body confident and I still feel the same way now I’d had my daughter, but I am thankful that my body grew and gave me my beautiful little girl #fortheloveofBLOG
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  4. Erin November 22, 2017 / 11:35 am

    This event sounds fab. I’m normally pretty body confident but now need to get to know my post-pregnancy self!

    Erin
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. The Squirmy Popple November 22, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Like you, I’m naturally slim so people assume I must be happy with my body – though in reality, there are a lot of things I hate about it. And yes, there are things that no longer look or work quite right after pregnancy! I need to get a bit better about embracing my body and its imperfections. #gortheloveofBLOG
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  6. You Know You're A Mum When November 22, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I’ll be interested to see the results of your trial! Always good to try something new. Although I’m not naturally slim, I wouldn’t call myself overweight but I’m just unhappy with my general level of fitness since becoming a Mum. I managed to get up to 18 miles in my training plan for a marathon, 7 months post birth of my second, but then I fell badly and since then (5 weeks ago) I’ve not been running. So hard to commit to anything consistantly with such small children. #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. Alli November 22, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    What a great support for moms. #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. Emma: Ettie and Me November 22, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    This is really intersting. I have mild Diastasis Recti too which I’d like to fix before getting pregant again. It would be interesting to see if this course works for you #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. Sarah Convey November 22, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Sound’s like a lovely day! It’s sad that we can pick so many things we like about ourselves bit so few we like.
    I look forward to reading how you get on with the course!

  10. Mama Mia November 22, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    It’s so sad that so many women feel awful about their bodies. Sadder still when they’ve managed to produce beautiful babies. It’s sounds like an empowering movement. #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. Mama Mia November 22, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    It’s so sad that so many women feel awful about their bodies. Sadder still when they’ve managed to produce beautiful babies. It’s sounds like an empowering movement. #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. Fancy November 22, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    I spend so much time giving out about my body! So much time wasted but I can’t help it #fortheloveBLOG

  13. Kerry November 23, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I struggled so much after having my daughter with my image I looked in the mirror and saw a stranger. I was tiny before having her. I felt so low about it. Then after a while and a whole lot of shopping to find clothes to suit my new figure I felt a Little better about myself.

  14. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine November 23, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Souns a really interesting event and wonderful to hear of a company wanting to help women embrace themselves. thanks for sharing #fortheloveofblog

  15. Ali Duke November 23, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    This sounds wonderful, what a great way to instill a positive body image.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. Daniela Clark November 23, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Great blog article, not feeling the most body confident at the moment due giving birth to second child 12 weeks ago but already working body and mind towards acceptance of body changes and the process to take me physically where i want to be (a skinny size 8 that is!)

  17. Kate Holmes November 23, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I had heard of this system but am pleased they encourage women to feel better about themselves too. What a great world it would be if all women and people generally felt good about themselves inside and out. #fortheloveoftheblog
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  18. Briony November 23, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    This is perfect. What a great system. It sounds really worthwhile and like it will genuinely help. I’m going to have to look into it, as I’m no different and have things about my body I hate #fortheloveofblog

  19. Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness November 24, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    What a great event and so much more to the system than first appears. I’ve always thought I’ve been fine about my body until recently and so understand the boob comment! I’ll be taking a look into this #fortheloveofBLOG xx
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  20. Alice | Letters to my Daughter November 25, 2017 / 11:30 am

    It’s so sad how little love people have for their bodies these days. I often wonder how people felt about themselves going back in history – has appearance always been a big deal, or has it been blown out of proportion in this modern world obsessed with aesthetics? Its lovely to see positive, active steps being taken to combat negative body image – we need to love our bodies with all their beautiful ‘imperfections’ if we’re going to teach our daughters to love theirs.

  21. Mrs Mummy Harris November 27, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    It’s so sad at the amount of women who have low self confidence with regards to their body image! I love that they’re trying to change this! #fortheloveofBLOG

  22. Tim November 28, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Sounds like a good session. So many of us (men as well as women) obsess over chasing the unattainable perfect body. I’m not happy with my body – but I’m not unhappy with it either. It just is what it is and I have no shortage of other things o worry about instead … fortheloveofBLOG

  23. Helena November 28, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    It’s certainly a shame that a lot of people feel negatively towards their body may this change #fortheloveofBLOG
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