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127 N Higgins Ste 303, Missoula, Montana

connectsomatically@gmail.com

(406)546-6017

By Appointment Only

Evenings, Early Mornings, and Weekends Available

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Embodied and Holistic Pelvic

Care

Holistic Pelvic and Well Womb Care

Holistic Care for Vulvas and Vaginas

(and any pelvis)

There is an inherent connection between the state of our pelvises and our emotional well-being.

I offer comprehensive holistic pelvic care for women. Together we address pelvic pain during pregnancy, postpartum, or otherwise; painful menstrual cycles; c-section and birth scar tissue remediation; postpartum mental health; miscarriage, abortion, birth, and sexual trauma resolution. My intention is to bring you a feeling of comfort and safety in your own body. 

 

Working with me is different than working with a physical therapist. Physical therapists focus largely on the biomechanics- tight muscles and pelvic tilt, for example. In addition to working with the biomechanical aspect of the body, I also explore how your biochemistry, emotions, and scar tissue may also be affecting your pelvic health. Below are a few of the modalities I may bring into each session.

Pelvic Mapping

Pelvic mapping is a useful tool in resolving pelvic pain resulting from birth, sexual trauma, and surgery. We bring awareness to the pelvis through mindful touch and secure presence to create space for realignment of the tissues and find resolutions for issues including:

Holistic Pelvic Care (TM)

I offer the work pioneered by Tami Lynn Kent, PT, author of Wild Feminine and Mothering From Your Center. This work if often interwoven with pelvic mapping sessions, or can be its own stand alone session. HPC ties together energetic work with physical touch.  hold trainings from the Institute of Somatic Sexology, Tami Lynn Kent of , and the Institute for Birth Healing. I especially value this work for integrating birth experiences, miscarriages, abortions, and surgical procedures such as hysterectomies. 

 

Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant and Postpartum Bodies (TM)

The pelvis must move and open profoundly during birth. For many birthing parents, the pelvis remains in this 'open birthing pattern' after long after birth. This work, originating from Lynn Schulte, PT, is effective in reducing pelvic girdle pain and bringing pelvic muscles back online after birth. 

Somatic Experiencing (TM)

As part of any pelvic mapping session, we will also employ aspects from Somatic Experiencing to track and discharge emotion or trauma. This body-based approach to trauma resolution builds resiliency in the nervous system and increases interoception. I also offer stand alone SE sessions. 

Pelvic Steaming

Additionally, we may find pelvic steaming to be helpful for your menstrual health, fertility, and pelvic health (also known as vaginal or yoni steaming). Pelvic steaming has been shown to improve postpartum healing, balance menstrual cycles, reduce cramping, and address ongoing yeast of BV infections. 

If your physician has recommended surgery for your pelvic dysfunction, I encourage you to seek alternative care first. While surgery may be necessary for some bodies, it is always best to seek healing through non-invasive techniques first. Surgery can result in ongoing or increased pain and incontinence, and always results in additional scar tissue and tissue trauma. 

  • Birth injuries

  • Chronic pelvic pain

  • Pain with intercourse

  • Urinary and fecal incontinence

  • Organ prolapse

 Beyond Pain 

The pelvis is the foundation of our body; it houses the first and second chakras, associated with groundedness, security, creativity, sexuality, intimacy, and relating. An imbalance in the pelvis can leave you feeling agitated, ungrounded, or lost. Many of us deal with ongoing physical pain or embarrassment.

 

I primarily work with postpartum bodies, but being a parent is not a pre-requisite to seeking care. In fact, I work with all genders and life stages (as long as you are over the age of 18 for any internal pelvic work).

Pelvic mapping is a modality available and beneficial to all genders and genitalia. In fact, mapping can be quite helpful for both cis and transgender folks to integrate felt experiences and develop pleasure patterns. 

Think of it this way: you know where your nose is. You know where your elbows are located. If somebody is touching your leg, you likely can tell if they're touching your ankle or your thigh. You've had practice being in and with these body parts and have likely developed your proprioception throughout most of your being. In fact, you may have developed a greater embodied sense of your anatomy through massage or structural integration at some point.  

But your pelvis?

Your vulva? 

Your vagina?

Your anus?

Your penis?

Mapping is self-education. Through non-agenda'd touch (i.e. you're not here for medical reasons nor engaged in a sexual encounter), mapping allows you to discover areas of your body that, until now, may have been in the proverbial dark. 

Mapping is hands-on, although those hands could be your own with my guidance and a mirror. It requires the client to be fully present and in verbal communication with the practitioner. 

From discovering where your cervix is to addressing pelvic pain to reclaiming your body after an assault, mapping is a way to be in your body, for you.