Our organism has several diaphragms. The best known is the thorax diaphragm, which makes breathing possible, and the less known are the pelvic diaphragm and the urogenital diaphragm.

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Nonetheless, if you desire to get results from your practice of sexual continence, you have to make sure you also use the other two diaphragms.
The pelvic diaphragm is a muscular wall extended in the inferior part of the trunk. It is suspended between the pubic shymphysis (in the front) and the sacrum bone in the back, and it is funnel-shaped. This diaphragm consists of the following muscles: elevator ani and coccygeus.
In fact, the pelvic diaphragm forms the floor of the pelvic cavity, which contains the intestines, bladder and kidneys. It sustains and comprises all these vital organs. It is pierced by the anal canal and urethra in both sexes and by the vagina in females as well.
Deep breathing begins from the pelvic diaphragm, an important detail in the circulation of the energy during lovemaking as well as in other situations involving the sublimation of the energy.
In the perineum, at the middle distance between the anus and sex, there is another muscular diaphragm, named the urogenital diaphragm.
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The urogenital diaphragm lies inferior to the pelvic diaphragm in the anterior portion of the pelvic outlet. This is a triangular sheet of striated muscle bridging the sub pubic arch.
The posterior edge is called the deep transverse perineum muscle and the major anterior portion is the sphincter of the urethra. The fascia of this diaphragm is particularly thick on the external surface and is called the perineum membrane.
The urogenital diaphragm closes the gap between the anterior edges of the two elevator anus muscles. Inferiorly it gives attachment and support to the clitoris/penis.

These two diaphragms are the inferior “gates”, or openings, or entrances if you will that retain the vital energy in order to redistribute it to the superior chakras.

If the inferior “gates” are closed, the energy can build up at this level, bringing vitality to the organs and causing the energy to take an ascendant course.
The scrotum is the sack that holds the testicles. It hangs down from the body in order to keep the testicles slightly cooler than the rest of the body.

The testes need this slightly decreased temperature in order to make sperm. Without the scrotum, the temperature in the testes would rise a few degrees and sperm production would stop.


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In the normal male, the scrotum shrinks when it is cold, holding the testes closer to the body to keep them warm. When the male is warm, the walls of the scrotum relax and the testicles fall away from the body, lowering the temperature of the testicle.

The Taoists consider the scrotum as a diaphragm functioning like a pump. The scrotum is firm during youth and after a refreshing sleep, and it is somewhat flaccid during old age and after tiring effort.

A flow of vital energy directed mentally to the scrotum brings back its firmness and elasticity.

The scrotum is also considered the deposit of Yin energy (the “cold” vital energy), as the whole sexual energy be it of a man or of a woman is Yin when latent or paused.

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