The first step in performing pelvic floor muscle exercises is to identify the correct muscles. There are several ways which may help you to correctly identify the different parts of your pelvic floor muscles. One way is to try to stop or slow the flow of urine midway through emptying the bladder. Stopping the flow of urine repeatedly on the toilet is not an exercise, but a way of identifying your pelvic floor muscles.
A second method to identify your pelvic floor muscles is to imagine stopping the flow of urine and holding in flatus (wind) at the same time. This can be done lying down, sitting or standing with your legs about shoulder width apart. Relax the muscles of your thighs, bottom and tummy. Squeeze in the muscles around the front passage as if trying to stop the flow of urine. Squeeze in the muscles around the vagina and suck upwards inside the pelvic. Squeeze in the muscles around the back passage as if trying to stop passing wind. The muscles around the front and back passages should squeeze up and inside the pelvis.