Holistic Pelvic Care™


What is Holistic Pelvic Care ™?

Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a model of pelvic re-balancing developed by Tami Kent, PT. The work addresses physical and energetic imbalances that block or limit a woman's pelvic energy, creative aspirations, or core vitality. This may be related to birth traumas or surgeries, sexual, physical or emotional abuse history, or general energetic disconnect. The technique involves gentle intravaginal massage along with focused emotional attention, restorative breath-work, and sometimes external abdominal, hip, legs and sacral bodywork. All this helps realign the pelvis physically and energetically. Ultimately, the intent is to restore the pelvic bowl as the woman's creative center.

Bodywork offering support for:

  • Pelvic muscle balance and engagement
  • Establishing clear energetic boundaries
  • Pelvic organ health and alignment
  • Sexual health, libido, orgasm
  • Encouraging self care and root wisdom
  • Supporting transition to menopause
  • Preparing for pregnancy
  • Improving postpartum healing
  • Recovering our physical and energetic connection to ovaries, uterus and pelvic space
  • Post-Chemotherapy: restoring circulation and strength to affected tissue
  • Rectocele/cystocele
  • Prolapsed tissues
  • Pelvic pain from myofacial tension
  • Healing trauma – even pre-verbally experienced trauma
  • Long-term vaginal and rectal health
  • Healing traumatic or difficult birth experiences
  • Reduction of scar tissue
  • Alleviating cesarean pain
  • Urgency and Pain around Urethra that is not bacterial in root cause
  • Hip, neck and jaw pain that just won’t go away, not matter what you have tried

Nanci uses a variety of touch techniques to help women recover from abdominal or pelvic floor surgeries, adhesions, prolapsing pelvic organs, and birth trauma.  Nanci is a licensed massage therapist since 2008. She has trained with Tami Kent PT in Holistic Pelvic Care™, after working to change the laws in Oregon so that the whole body can be treated equally and tended to through skilled and compassionate touch. She has over 2,500 education units dedicated to therapeutic, effective and ethical physical medicine. 

If a referral to a Physical Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist, Naturopathic Physician or MD seems appropriate, Nanci has some wonderful referrals.

For example: Leslie Stager RN, LMT: www.touchforbirth.com. 

However, so much can be healed with massage, her unique approach to postural patterns of holding tension, therapeutic guided meditation and self care practices.

Who Needs it?

Every Woman Care
Holistic Pelvic Health Care should be part of every woman's health protocol. Due to societal pressures and the tendency to care for everybody and everything except oneself, many modern-day women feel disconnected from their root creative center. Holistic Pelvic Care™ helps women revitalize and reclaim their vital energy and their physical body.

Post Surgery

Any surgery or surgical intervention performed in the abdomen and pelvic floor tissues most likely did not heal completely from the event because most people do not tend to the scar tissues and muscle imbalances once they have formed in their pelvic floor space.  Why?  Because no one suggested that they check into this area of their body to make sure their pelvic floor tissues have full functionality, freedom and flow.  Also, our culture is a little constrained when talking freely of our root and sacral physical and energetic health. Once scar tissue and myofacial adheasions form, there is a block in the flow of blood, nutrients, hormones and qi.  This situation, over time, affects the health, resiliency and vitality of their pelvic floor tissues and organs.  It is not until years later, when we dribble when we sneeze or have hip pain that never goes away no matter what we have tried, or sex is still painful, or just feeling weak overall that we might check into tending to our pelvic body.  Prevention and wisdom are key here!

Postpartum Birth Integration
New mothers are frequently depleted and off-balance after pregnancy and birth. Postpartum Holistic Pelvic Care™ helps revitalize the Root, resolve physical discomforts from birthing, and restore functioning after episiotomy or other medical interventions. It also can address emotional discomforts which many women experience during or after birth, bringing wholeness and completion to the birth journey. The treatment is vital, nourishing, empowering, and rebalancing. Scar Tissue therapy, abdominal and uterine massage, and cranial sacral therapy also can be of significant benefit to a woman's recovery and renewal.

Does it hurt?

Holistic Pelvic Health Care is gentle, and respectful. You are the guide for the practitioner who listens to your needs, intent, and muscular tissue responses to the work. Scar tissue work, by its nature of breaking up tissue restrictions, can be uncomfortable, but you are always the guide of how deeply we work.

Tools and Support:

http://www.therawand.com/instructions/

Using the TheraWand to Treat Female Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

By Dr. Pamela Morrison Wiles, PT, MS, DPT, BCB-PMD, IMTC

The curved design of the TheraWand is perfect for ease of use intravaginally to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. The TheraWand has been used as a sexual device to stimulate the G-spot. Because of the brilliant design it has been employed as a massage tool by physical therapists and patients for those suffering with sexual pain or pelvic pain.

The TheraWand is tapered on one end allowing for easier vaginal insertion.  Once inserted, the user can easily manipulate the TheraWand with the elongated handle to gently massage pelvic floor muscles that are tender, tight, or have trigger points. Users should use gentle strokes or sustained hold stretching with the TheraWand to perform the massage and pain relieving techniques to the pelvic floor muscles.  Massaging scar tissue (i.e. episiotomy scar) in the perineum may also be beneficial to alleviate scar pain, sensitivity, tightness, or painful intercourse.

 

  1. Vaginal opening and pelvic floor diagramApply a generous amount of lubricant on the tapered end tip of the TheraWand.
  2. Assume a comfortable semi-reclined position with your knees bent.  An alternative position may be standing with one leg raised on a footstool.
  3. Separate your labia majora and find your vaginal opening.
  4. Gently insert the tapered end into the vaginal opening.
  5. Orient yourself to the vaginal opening and pelvic floor muscles as a clock to identify painful or tight muscles.
  6. Turn the TheraWand to the 9 or 3 o’clock position to begin strokes.
  7. Since the pelvic floor muscles surround the vaginal opening, strokes are best performed from 11 to 7 o’clock and 1 to 5 o’clock.
  8. Avoid applying strokes to 12 or 6 o’clock due to sensitive structures such as the urethra and rectum unless otherwise directed by your practitioner.
  9. Vaginal opening diagramPerform gentle strokes for several minutes on each side until relief is felt.
  10. Trigger point release and lengthening can be achieved by holding sustained pressure on the painful pelvic floor muscle(s) with the tapered end of the TheraWand.
  11. Always use with caution and consult with a physical therapist that specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation prior to use.
  12. Consult with your doctor if pain or discomfort persists.
  13. Use daily or how prescribed by your health care provider.

Useful for women with:

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (i.e. pain, overactivity, shortening, trigger points)

Vaginismus

Painful scar tissue

Tight vaginal opening

Anorgasmia


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