Pelvic Bodywork

Making Space For Healing

All women have access to the wisdom deep in their root.  The pelvic bowl.  The womb space.  The root chakra.  When we connect with this wisdom, we feel safe, inspired and powerful.

And we all experience blocks to our root, both conscious and subconscious, acute and chronic.  It’s part of being a female human in this world.  Sometimes it’s a matter of self-preservation — we know how to protect ourselves!  Most of us have a few stuck places that want to move and fortunately our bodies are poised to self-correct when given the space.

When we feel safe, we can bring movement into the stuck places.

You can bring flow to your root.

It begins with setting the intention, opening up, and allowing the energy to move.

My job is to help facilitate all that.

Through this work, you have an opportunity to slow down, settle deep into your pelvic bowl, and consciously restore the powerful flow of your innate female wisdom.

Pelvic Bodywork

My pelvic support work is guided by many years of getting to know women’s bodies through the spiritual and physical transformations of birthing and mothering.  Each session is unique because each woman brings her unique body and emotional state.  In general, my work is a synthesis of Holistic Pelvic Care™ techniques, womb and abdominal massage, and exercises in exploring the movement and physiology of the pelvis.

I come to this work with a deep reverence for the female experience and I wholeheartedly honor our collective need for healing.

Holistic Pelvic Care is a form of pelvic floor therapy that supports physical and energetic healing in the female pelvis.  Dissatisfied with how conventional physical therapy addressed women’s pelvic healing, visionary healer and physical therapist Tami Kent, PT developed the system of Holistic Pelvic Care™.  Tami has since written a number of books illuminating the profound healing shifts we can experience when we reconnect to the energy in our female roots and I encourage every woman to check out her offerings.  HPC combines internal vaginal bodywork with breathwork and imagery, directing the pelvic muscle and fascia layers to release patterns of pain and congestion, allowing the pelvic floor to optimally support the organs and the flow of root chakra energy throughout the rest of the body.

Why do it ?

A woman’s pelvic bowl houses her wisdom and creativity throughout her life.  It is where we experience all of our blood mysteries, from menarche to menopause.  It is where we experience sexual pleasure.  It is where we conceive and give birth.  It is also where we can experience pain.  Our bodies layer trauma, shame, and reproductive grief in our root space and heart.  Our pelvic bowl patterns tell the story of our lives, and even the lives of our mothers and grandmothers through our mitochondrial lineage.

Connecting with our pelvic body brings healing to the deepest part of our female experience.

On a purely structural level, all primary physical movement originates in our the pelvis and sacrum.  The bowl is home to many muscles woven together that support the bladder, uterus, ovaries, vagina and colon.  Like any other muscle group, they can be fatigued, stretched, slack, knotted or spasming. This work softens any blocks, allowing creative energy in the root to once again flow throughout the pelvic bowl, up the spine, and into all aspects of a woman’s life.

Despite doing so much for our bodies and spirits, the female pelvic bowl is tragically neglected in modern healthcare.  Its parts are seen as disparate organs and bones that only receive medical attention when extreme dysfunction manifests and women have full-blown disease processes.

Pelvic bodywork is both preventive self-care and a restorative treatment.  It supports organ health and alignment and takes women into deep connection with their root.

It can help physical problems

  • Pelvic pain and cramping
  • Decreased or painful mobility in hips and pelvis
  • Pelvic congestion
  • Cysts, fibroids and scar tissue
  • Painful periods
  • Adhesions and inflammation
  • Pain with sex
  • Organ prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Trauma from invasive pelvic procedures or assault
  • Lack of libido or orgasm

And restore emotional balance

  • Reclaim your body from past trauma
  • Establish clear energetic boundaries
  • Create harmonic resonance in the pelvic bowl
  • Healing family lineage patterns
  • Restoring a healthy relationship to your womb space
  • Consciously cultivate the energy of the root
  • Strengthen your connection to your own wisdom and medicine

Also….Invaluable for The Childbearing Year

  • Nurturing the nest – Attending to your pelvic bowl before pregnancy
  • Balancing your muscles, fascia and energy flow after birth
  • Working with grief after miscarriage
  • Healing from birth trauma
  • Strengthening our energetic connection to our babies

What is a session like?

All treatments are done in the comfort of your home.  The first session typically lasts about an hour.  We briefly discuss your medical history and intentions for our time together.  I explain everything that I am going to do and answer any questions you may have.  When you are ready, we will begin the session by centering together. Every session is different, but all sessions include exploration of the structures of the pelvis,  internal assessment of your pelvic floor alignment (this feels similar to a cervical exam in pregnancy or a vaginal exam during a pap smear) and myofascial and trigger point release.  Your experience may be purely physical, or as energetic as you’d like it to be.  Follow-up sessions will last about 30 minutes.

How is this different from standard pelvic physical therapy?

Pelvic PT is based in the medical management of women’s health.  It relies on instruments and biofeedback machines to interpret the purely physical patterns in your pelvic bowl.  This form of treatment does not hold an holistic understanding of the pelvic bowl as a container for all our emotional and energetic experiences.  Sometimes this form of mechanical treatment is effective for women on a purely physical level. My bodywork, using HPC techniques, works with the big picture of your core patterns (not just the nuts and bolts of isolated muscles) to create a harmonic resonance in your bowl.  This may involve healing past traumas or emotions stored in the bowl.

How does this work relate to Kegels?

Kegels work in theory when all the muscles around the vagina are contracting together uniformly.  The problem is, most women’s pelvic floor muscles are imbalanced from trauma, sports, lifestyle habits, or childbirth.  Some muscles may be quite lax or while others are constricted.  One side of the pelvic floor starts to compensate for the other side.  When this happens, the muscles can’t contract effectively.  HPC helps bring the pelvic floor fascia and muscles into a relaxed but poised balance so that, when called to engage, they can work more uniformly and effectively.