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Holistic Pelvic Care / Myofascial Pelvic Wellness
As part of my practice as a massage therapist, I offer a uniquely healing and empowering type of bodywork for the pelvic container, organs, and base. This work is open to anyone with a vulva, based on my training and scope of practice. I learned this work from Tammi Kent PT in Portland and John Barnes PT in Arizona. I felt a strong desire to learn this powerful, healing work after it was instrumental in my own healing after many years of debilitating menstrual pain associated with endometriosis and the impact of a motorcycle fall in my teens. I had worked with my reproductive/pelvic health through herbal medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, Mayan abdominal massage, and external myofascial release work for many years with significant benefits. It wasn't until I received internal release work, however, was I finally able to really let go of the pain and fear that was stored in my body and allow myself to have a different experience with my root and the generative power contained in this part of my body. For me, it was a coming-home and an invitation to feel safe and at home in my flesh. I have been practicing this type of massage for about three years and have treated those with painful periods, urinary incontinence, vulvodynia, those preparing for pregnancy and recovering from childbirth, clitoral enlargement due to hormone supplementation, painful intercourse, and those healing from both adult and childhood sexual trauma.
What to Expect
After a thorough intake and opportunity to answer questions and clarify your goals, concerns, and intentions for the session, you will be covered with a sheet and lying semi-reclined or supine on the massage table. I will talk you through the whole process before we begin and will always ask permission before we begin and before anything I am doing changes. I will also remind you that at any point you can ask me to stop or change anything I am doing. This is your session for your healing and I am only the facilitator. Typically we begin with some work around the belly and external pelvis to address tension and myofascial tightness and neuromuscular holding patterns. We willwork with awareness building and centering into this part of the body as well orienting ourselves to the organs, tissues, and energy body awareness of the pelvic bowl. With active consent and care we may chose to begin to apply inter-vaginal techniques to address the pelvic floor directly. We will continue to work together to create connection and increase awareness and embodiment as we work in this area. Using gloves and the lubricant of your choice I will apply direct but gentle (to your comfort) pressure on the muscles and fascia of the pelvic floor while assessing tension, pain, and level of sensation. We will collaboratively work through these layers of tension, numbness, pain, etc to encourage a more harmonious relationship between you and your pelvic floor, and pelvic organs. We may work with focused intention on the structural relationship between tissues and organs or we may choose to work more energetically with sense awareness, visualization, and breath work. It is a very individual process and one that is ultimately guided by you. Ongoing comfort and consent is a fundamental component of this work and I encourage my clients to remain as present and aware of what is happening as possible. Receiving touch in this part of the body is defined by your individual needs and your healing intention. Your capacity to choose what is happening throughout this process is in itself a huge part of the healing. Many of us have had experiences that make to difficult to connect with our pelvic regions including pain, trauma, stress, and overall lack of support. My primary intention with offering this work is to create spaces where people can reconnect and fully embody their whole selves and learn to define their own needs, desires, and and intentions through volitional and therapeutic touch. I am happy to discuss your individual concerns and intentions for receiving this work. Please contact me for a consultation.
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