Every session is a ceremony. I trust my hands, seasoned with nearly 20 years of practice, to listen and lead the way as I slowly unwind your muscles, joints and connective tissues and coax you into a blissful state of healing. My work covers the spectrum, from deep structural bodywork to very subtle (yet potent) craniosacral and visceral therapies, with many other manual and energetic techniques woven in to maximize your experience and the effect. Massage also activates the parasympathetic nervous system, flooding your body (and if you're pregnant your baby) with Oxytocin, Serotonin, and other healing hormones.
Holistic Pelvic Care™
A gentle internal bodywork session that aims to unwind tension in the pelvic floor muscles & fascia, release trigger points, and restore energy and blood flow to your pelvic bowl. Holistic Pelvic Care (HPC), developed by Tami Kent, pelvic floor PT and author of Wild Feminine, satisfyingly utilizes the spectrum of my skills and experience in midwifery, years of craniosacral therapy studies with Hugh Milne, and advanced trainings with Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and The Barral Institute.
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
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 down there 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 will review pelvic anatomy and I will 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 will continue 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.
Bodywork for Birth Preparation
Personalized healing sessions to release tension patterns, stories, fears, and trauma before you birth. The goal is to boost your confidence in your body, demystify the birth journey, and leave you feeling deeply connected to your baby. A bodywork for birth session will include guided visualizations, focused breath work, belly/baby massage to release overall tension and assess the baby's position, and gentle internal release work to unwind tension patterns in your pelvic bowl and "pave the way" for your baby.
*You must be in your 3rd trimester at the time of your appointment.
A Holistic Pelvic Care session focused on healing after birth. In a Postpartum Rehab Session I will asses for prolapse (uterine, cystocele & rectocele), check on tear/episiotomy/cesarean healing & begin scar tissue softening, restore optimal muscle recruitment, address incontinence issues, discuss impact on sexual health, check for diastasis recti and begin a basic core strengthening regimen, and SO much more. I’m not exaggerating when I say this early check-in could eliminate YEARS of struggle, insecurity, pain, and overwhelm. 5-6 weeks postpartum seems to be the sweet-spot, restoring harmony before imbalances are strengthened while also allowing adequate time for your tissue to heal after birth, but it's never too late!
Holistic Pelvic Care, Bodywork for Birth Prep/Prenatal Massage, and Postpartum Rehab are my priority.
If you urgently need an appointment, please call Studio M at (707) 938-5593 to be added to my cancellation list.