By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s
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Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan
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Kim Anami teaches ‘Vaginal Kung Fu’, and is a believer in the power that every woman holds between her legs.
The 44-year-old has travelled around the world demonstrating her unique abilities and impressive vaginal muscles.
Kim, who splits her time between LA and Bali, ties a thin piece of string to a jade egg, which she then inserts into her vagina.
The other side of the string is attached to the object she will be lifting—using nothing more than her super-strong vaginal muscles.
Kim said: “Sex for me is a personal growth tool. It is healing, revitalising and self-actualising. It’s just part of a healthy lifestyle.
“I have always felt very aware of my sexual energy and had an interest in how to make sex even better.
“I first started practicing what I now call Vaginal Kung Fu–the mastery of all things vagina—20 years ago.
“It is based on ancient Taoist practices women used 5000 years ago to strengthen the pelvic floor and increase sexual pleasure.”
The expert has reached millions of people through her Instagram where she shares snaps of herself weightlifting a multitude of objects.
She has also had thousands sign up to her online courses at http://kimanami.com - where she provides information and instruction on Vaginal Kung Fu and vaginal weightlifting.
Kim believes there are multiple health and emotional benefits from the unconventional practice.
Kim said: “Having a strong pelvic floor and vaginal muscles helps with everything from increasing libido, orgasmic potential and lubrication, eliminating incontinence, and preventing pelvic organ prolapse—especially after childbirth.
“The practice creates an overall lift in the body—even a face lift. I have had clients stop using Botox because they took up vaginal weightlifting.
“Overall, a woman becomes more connected to her sexual energy in a way that is tangible. She feels more enlivened and confident.
“Even depression can be eradicated by becoming more connected with your sexuality.”
Kim has lifted a collection of weird and wonderful objects—and recently lifted an Oscar with her vagina on Hollywood Boulevard.
Kim said: “I like to lift objects which are indigenous to the areas that I visit. I have lifted a green coconut, a pineapple and a bunch of mangoes in Bali. I love tropical fruit.
“I aim to lift objects that have an educational component to them and are part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
“I lifted gluten-free organic doughnuts and cold-pressed juices in Los Angeles, and a surfboard at Venice Beach.
“Overall, I want women to know what their vaginas can actually do. My assertion is that the normal, healthy baseline for every woman is to be able to ping pong balls from her vagina. It’s not just a skill set reserved for some special Thai vaginas.
Dr Stephen A Rabin, a certified gynaecologist working in Los Angeles agrees that vaginal weightlifting can have health benefits.
Dr Rabin, who has been working as a gynaecologist fro 21-years, said: “The idea of strengthening the vaginal muscles is a good one because having more blood flow, more innervation and more sensation is always a good thing down there.
“It can help with urinary cognates in control, it can help with sexual satisfaction with both partners and it can help with prevention of prolapse which is where the organs are actually falling out due to gravity and childbirth, strain - and even from being overweight.
“Physically in terms of being able to strengthen the vagina to actually hold weights of this magnitude - the vagina muscles in the pelvic floor are like a basket.
“When you strengthen these muscles, to get them fuller and bigger you are increasing your muscles down there that also keep the vagina closed - so that whatever is inside the vagina attached to the string can carry the weight you put on the other end of the string.”
Dr. Rabin thinks Kim’s unconventional methods are having a positive impact on women’s attitudes towards their femininity.
He said: “I think that she is opening up a door to women exploring their sexuality and sensuality.
She insists that there are no dangers associated with vaginal weightlifting as long as you are sensible and build up slowly.
She said: “You start small and work your way up like you would in any weight lifting regimen.
“You wouldn’t just go and bench press 300 pounds. You start small and work your way up.
“I practice several times a week. A woman could safely practice every day if she wanted to.
“The power of the vagina its something that is so repressed in our society and I think that she is doing something physically, mentally and socially that is a good thing.”
Kim has lived and travelled all over the world since she was 17 but now spends most of her time in Bali and Los Angeles.
“In my eight-week online Vaginal Kung Fu course, we also focus on strengthening the core and other supporting muscles.
“I teach a veritable vag-cylopedia of all things vagina, including emotional and psychological components of healing and empowerment.”
Kim’s Instagram account can be found at @kimanami