Bodywork for Women's Health

I specialize in Holistic Pelvic Care™, a powerfully effective modality for women's health developed by Tami Kent, pelvic floor PT and author of Wild Feminine.  A  Holistic Pelvic Care (HPC) session includes gentle internal manual therapy that that aims to unwind tension in the pelvic floor muscles & fascia, customized visualizations to reclaim your body and your life, and an overall intent to restore flow of energy, blood, lymph, & nerves to your pelvic bowl.   These sessions satisfyingly utilizes the spectrum of my skills and practice in midwifery, studies with Dr. Rosita Arvigo in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, years of craniosacral therapy training and healing with Hugh Milne, advanced pelvic floor physical therapy trainings with Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, visceral manipulation with The Barral Institute, and 20+ years of bodywork experience.

 THE RESULTS AND BENEFITS WOMEN HAVE FOUND WITH HPC™:

  • Restore pelvic muscle balance and engagement

  • Support full sensation in the pelvic bowl

  • Support organ health, alignment & prolapse

  • Relieve pelvic pain and menstrual problems

  • Support sexual health, libido, orgasm

  • Prepare for pregnancy & support fertility journey

  • Postpartum mothers find this therapy incredibly helpful in speeding physical & emotional recovery from childbirth

  • Support healing after miscarriage

  • Heal trauma 

  • Support transition to menopause 

  • Support healing after any pelvic surgeries or procedures

What types of pelvic symptoms may be addressed by HPC? 

  • Postpartum pelvic pain and imbalances (“things just don’t feel quite right since having the baby”)

  • Urinary leakage (incontinence), IBS, other bladder & bowel issues

  • Interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome

  • Painful intercourse, vaginismus, dyspareunia, difficulty with orgasm

  • Pelvic heaviness/fullness, cystocele, rectocele, pelvic organ prolapse

  • Endometriosis, adenomyosis, painful menstrual periods

  • General pelvic pain, vulvodynia, nerve pain

What can I expect in a HPC session? 

We'll review pelvic anatomy and I conduct a brief pelvic evaluation to assess baseline strength, tension patterns and organ positions.  The hands-on treatment portion of a session is generally around 40 minutes in both initial & tune-up sessions. This includes intervaginal massage with myofascial & trigger point release in combination with guided breathwork and visualization tools to assist physical and energetic balance.

What effects will I notice after a HPC session? 

Women describe immediate effects including feeling more relaxed and centered, a greater sense of support, and increased strength in their pelvic muscles. When blood and energy flow is restored to the pelvic bowl the benefits and improvement in undesired symptoms continues to improve over time.

Is HPC painful? 

My internal release work is gentle and respectful, following the lead of your body. It should never hurt and the response of a woman’s body guides the depth and direction of the hands-on work.

Can I receive HPC during my moon time/on my period?

Yes!  As a natural time of release, it is a wonderful time to "unpack" the pelvic bowl.

What if I don’t have any symptoms?

The goal of HPC is to empower a woman to inhabit her pelvic space and occupy her feminine ground physically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually.  The pelvis serves a woman in many ways and yet receives little direct care.  The benefits of reconnecting with this sacred space include increased vitality, creativity and a deep sense of well-being.

Add ons:

Vaginal Steam:

15 minute herbal steam before your session.  Steaming is contraindicated during menstruation, postpartum bleeding, and pregnancy. Custom-built cedar steam stools are also available for purchase.

Castor Oil Pack + Abdominal Massage:

Warm reusable castor pack + abdominal massage/scar remediation incorporated into your healing session.