Health & Beauty

Valentine’s Day Posture Workshop (Win a Pair of Dr. Liza Pumps!)

February 4, 2018

Toronto’s own Liza Egbogah is no ordinary doctor. One of North America’s leading body and posture experts, she’s the manual osteopath of choice for political leaders, CEOs and A-list celebrities—oh, and she also managed to find time to launch a line of her very own Dr. Liza Pumps, designed for painless all-day wear. Ahead of Valentine’s Day, we were lucky enough to chat with Liza about her work, her shoes and her best tips around exercises we can do to heat up our love lives! —Noa Nichol

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What does a "celebrity posture expert" do?

I am a manual osteopath with over a decade of experience helping clients achieve better posture. By doing so I am able to improve the way they feel, function and look. Celebrities in particular have high-stress lifestyles combined with a public focus on their appearance. Therefore, treatment methods that can address pain resulting from physical demands on their body, alleviate stress and make them look their best is hugely appealing. I have worked with a long list of celebrities during public events such as TIFF, the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Liev Schreiber, Jeremy Renner, Sally Hawkins, Kate Winslet, Brandy, Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler are just a few of the celebrities that I have had the pleasure of assisting!

What are some benefits of myofascial release and osteopathy, especially when it comes to pleasure in the bedroom?!

Research shows that approximately 40 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men report sexual dysfunction. Painful intercourse and inadequate (or absence of) orgasms are among the most common complaints of women who report sexual dysfunction. Myofascial restrictions and trigger points in the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding area can cause pain and also affect orgasmic capability and overall sexual response. Also, as women age, especially after menopause, blood flow to the clitoris and G-spot can be decreased, making it harder to orgasm.

It has been clinically proven that manual soft-tissue therapy improves soft-tissue mobility and elasticity. This mobilization of the soft tissue breaks down the adhesions that restrict blood flow and cause pain and dysfunction, including lack of orgasm. Some people develop these adhesions as a natural response to tissue injury after infection, inflammation, surgery, overuse or trauma. In addition to breaking down the adhesions, osteopathy and myofascial release can help you to achieve positions that can make sex more pleasurable. Having increased muscle and joint flexibility definitely helps in assuming those pleasurable positions. Opening your hips in particular gives you a wider range of motion in your nether regions, allowing for more direct stimulation in just the right spots.

What are the top exercises we can do to heat up our love lives?

Any regular exercise routine will make you healthier, and everyone knows that better health equals better sex! These moves in particular not only help improve hip mobility and increase blood flow to the clitoris and G-spot, they also improve sex drive in women. Melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH), which scientifically has been linked to increased sex drive in women, is produced by the pituitary gland. These poses stimulate the glandular system, which, with sunlight exposure, can elevate the production and secretion of this substance.

As an added bonus, some of these poses actually double as positions 😉

downward dog. Come onto the floor on your hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your palms, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out, and turn your toes under. Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. At first keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted away from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of your pelvis and press it lightly toward the pubis. Against this resistance, lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling, and from your inner ankles draw the inner legs up into the groins. Then with an exhalation, push your top thighs back and stretch your heels onto or down toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them. Firm the outer thighs and roll the upper thighs inward slightly. Benefits: Downward Dog calms the mind and invigorates the body, both important ingredients for good sex. This pose not only boosts confidence and muscle tone, but it’s also kind of sexy in itself as your butt is lifting in the air and you’re feeling super strong, long, and relaxed. You’re also looking straight at your hips and groin and connecting to that area visually, which could be an awesome aphrodisiac. Downward Dog will ease muscle tension in your back and improve overall flexibility.

the splits. Start by sitting on your knees. Bring your palms to the floor beside your hips on both sides and use them for support. Extend your right leg forward and slowly slide forward as the back leg [left leg] also slowly straightens. Try to keep the same amount of bend in the front and back leg as your straighten. You should feel a stretch in your groin. Take a deep breath in and as your exhale try to go a little deeper into the splits. Benefits: This move is good for low libido, improving blood flow to the pelvic area and increasing energy. The splits can be a huge turn on so why not try incorporating it into your foreplay.

tree pose. Stand with your feet together. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm to the floor, and bend your right knee. Reach down with your left hand and clasp your right ankle. Draw your right foot up and place your foot at the front of your left hip. As you continue to hold your right foot with your left hand, bring your right hand up to the centre of your chest. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Bring your foot back down to the ground with an exhalation and repeat for the same length of time with the legs reversed. Benefits: Tree pose provides a great stretch for the hip flexors and groin so not only does it improve blood flow to your reproductive organs, it also improves overall alignment and posture. Your core muscles are also working in this pose, which means a tighter midsection and better ability to support yourself in certain positions.

bridge pose. Lie on your back, bend your knees, and place your feet hip width apart and 5 inches beneath buttocks. Inhale and lift your hips up toward the sky. Interlace fingers beneath the hips, drawing shoulder blades together and keeping both on the mat. Hold for 10 breaths, taking deep inhales and exhales. Benefits: Bridge Pose not only provides an intense hip flexor stretch, it also tones the vagina and improves orgasms. Holding Bridge is similar to doing a Kegel, because you squeeze the same pelvic muscles.

eagle pose. Stand with your feet together. Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot up and, balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Balance on the right foot. Stretch your arms straight forward and cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows. Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you). Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed. Benefits: Eagle pose is so sexy, it’s even in the Kama Sutra. When you release the legs, all of the blood comes rushing through your pelvic area which helps not only break up adhesions but also to intensify orgasms. Holding the pose itself requires poise and steadiness, which is beneficial if you’re stressed. Your mind has to focus, helping you to slow life down a little, allowing you to stay present and enjoy the breathtaking moments to follow.

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Last but not least, which Dr. Liza pump is your fave for a Valentine’s Day outfit?

This may be the obvious choice but the ruby red pump is definitely my favourite for Valentine’s Day! (Editor’s note: we love the blush pink pumps, too!) |

Win a Pair of $495 Ruby Red Dr. Liza Pumps!

We have a winner! Congratulations Liane S. of Vancouver! Enjoy your Dr. Liza pumps!


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