The Extremes of Pelvic Health
Unfortunately the pelvic health field functions on extremes. I have deep respect for healthcare workers and never want to smash any field. However, many clients come to this work needing a different level of care, emotional permission, and trauma informed care. Many clients need something different than what they’ve experienced in the allopathic / physical therapy / gynecology / birthing world / talk therapy / infertility treatment fields.
The other extreme is well-intentioned healers who know the body is an intelligent conduit and believe in sacred feminine healing work, but might not have the training or skills necessary to provide safety, clarity, and a grounded experience.
One of the most painful and unfortunate truths is the rate at which too many overtly or covertly abuse or neglect the reality of impact and leave women feeling invaded / confused / manipulated / abused. This can happen with spiritual practitioners, community leaders, shamans, bodyworkers, medical practitioners, family members, partners and spans across many types of relational experiences. Too many clients come toward me with these stories. Data around abuse doesn't lie and it's usually even more numbers because so much goes unreported. Most people I work with have some type of traumatic pelvic experience in their own story, in their family, or feel tapped into the collective truth in our heritage and cultures. Imprints of it all land in the body.
There are safe ways to address it. I do not believe these extremes above are effective or sustainable for any body. What I do believe is bodies ask for help in many ways and eventually, people start to listen.
I continually strive to offer something more balanced and nuanced than what I see in the extremes above. I work differently than practitioners that do ‘hard touch’ manipulative work that might feel too fast. I also work differently than healers where something might feel unclear or confusing. My work is slow, intentional, consensual, clear, explained ahead of time, and is always discussed directly and explicitly throughout the entire process. The feedback I continually receive from clients is that my style of transparency and open communication makes things simple and relieving. When there's no confusion, the body begins to understand and orient toward surrender and acceptance of nourishment and support.
My Service Style
Hands-on pelvic health work with me is my highest and most sought level of service. My work includes extended time together, emotional permission, online learning and education, treatment planning / assessment & support with implementation, a true container, trauma-informed care, and more.
My programs incorporate pelvic floor therapy, uterine & abdominal massage, visceral endocrine organ work, and always gives room for the psychological and neurological aspect of working with this area of the body (brain function is connected to nervous system function). I am deeply informed by science / anatomy / the reality of the body and also leave room for all that is magical about this process. My main focus is working with the central nervous system, organ system, fascial system, and soft-tissue network. I am curious how all of these systems impact psychoneuroimmunology (the meeting points between the psyche, neurology, immune system, and endocrine hormonal system).
I believe my counseling training, navigation of boundaries, communication & clarity, and ability to hold emotional intensity is what provides clients with the safety necessary to engage in this work and experience physiological expansion and balancing.
My work requires commitment to a container. This offers the most powerful results for clients. If you are seeking a one-session fix, I am not the practitioner for you. Clients who work with me desire a fuller, deeper process. I believe the body does not appreciate rushing or pressure. I've never seen fast / high pressure work lead to lasting healing though at times there can be powerful big shifts after a few sessions of slower work. I have space for just a few clients at one time. I offer retreats and intensive style work, always require thorough consultation first, and am a highly qualified guide to lead you.
The Building Blocks of My Work
- somatic psychology, body psychotherapy (BP), dance movement therapy (DMT), massage therapy, and endocrine organ energy work
- holistic pelvic care (HPC), pelvic floor therapy, cervix and bladder work, uterine massage, visceral organ therapies, and abdominal massage
- nervous system integration support, informed by polyvagal theory and vagus nerve research
- EMDR therapy through the Maiberger Institute, a Somatic body based modality for trauma treatment
- trauma informed care, boundary awareness, consent-based work
- plant medicine and how to work safely with altered state experiences
- perinatal psychology, developmental psychology, developmental movement, and attachment theory
- neurology and neuroscience
- sacred sexuality, archetype, myth, language, story-telling / narrative work, and gender exploration
- friendly to ethical non-monogamy, alternative & kink lifestyles
- a long history of working with holistic models including herbalism, nutrition, yoga & meditation, physical movement / exercise, breathwork, mindfulness and visualization
- awareness of the western medical world and how to balance eastern & western approaches. I will never tell you this work is a full substitute for medical care if you are in need of it and I believe that is unethical. That said, this process can be very helpful in navigating medical questions
- lineage / ancestral / karmic / inter-generational & family systems work
- Gestalt and "parts work"
- birth doula work, ethical birthing practice focus in allopathic care and midwifery
- soul-centric models, cosmology, earth based medicine & ritual
Finding one's center and ground is profound. Working directly with the nervous system and root is tangible and mysterious at the same time. It's not magic, it's not snake oil, it works. It can also be a lot to handle all at once so we take it slow. Sometimes it's quite quick and sometimes it takes extended time. For me it was years and things also shifted and transformed for me very quickly in some ways. There are phases to this journey and it's different for everyone. Being grounded in this world today is priceless.
An ancient combination of gratitude & grief arises for most who enter this work. Some never find their center and never experience kind loving touch in their lifetime. Some find this to address trauma and pain. Some look into this work only after hitting burnout. Some live in parts of the world and with communities and families where this discussion is deeply shamed but their inner spark knows something else is out there. Some live with incredible access and resource and choice. Feeling one's place in the world and awareness of heritage / culture / the global pulse is a direct result of becoming centered. The more we root down the more we expand in safe palatable ways.
My passion is to give you access to tools to build a foundation with yourself for a grounded life as a woman, with awareness of what your identity and personal history.
This is why I love treatment planning and close deep work because what works for one body is irrelevant for another body. I've seen a wide range of humanity in my work and life and I love making sure this process is tailored to you.
I expect you to follow through on actions and be 100% committed to our work together and the process. This means doing homework that isn’t always easy or comfortable. This path is very humbling. I’ll hold you accountable with much love and direct communication. This journey is also more gentle than many expect. The mind has a funny way of building things up and we make sure your body and mind is able to integrate this safely.
Humor is a big part of our process!
Transformation can at times be be heavy and hard. Once that lifts (and it always does) this process is nourishing, loving, and there is plenty of space for irreverence and laughter about the human experience. This work truly does allow for divine comedy in all its gifts.
My Personal and
My defining values are mutual respect, freedom, and self-authority. I believe all living beings (especially those with a central nervous system) have an incredible surge of life force inside them. The journey to discovering, allowing, accepting, having access to, harnessing, and deciding how to utilize this life force is a core human desire.
I believe it is a privilege to have the resources and access to fully discover oneself. I also believe discovery of the full “self” in all its' facets is a lifelong journey. The guiding principles that have shaped my life and exploration of this include personal relationship to the force of life, integrity with that force, and true sight.
The revolution that I’m here to lead is all about the female body. The essence of pro-creation, physiological creativity, DNA fusion, fertility, legacy, pregnancy, birthing, family, continuation / disruption / colonization of lineage and cultural patterns, epigenetics (how trauma impacts DNA), sexuality, and intimacy are some of the most charged themes of humanity. These themes surround some of the deepest most primal human longings and are also what get abused during deep times of strife and collective power shifts.
is to provide a space for the female body and soul to be liberated. To make choices from a clear & grounded center. I truly believe when a female body is rooted and in touch with their center, it shapes the world in profound ways.
A Little More About Me
People who know me describe me as present, devoted, rooted, inquisitive, playful, feisty, expert space holder, boundary setter, elevating others, holder of high standards, compassionately direct, radiant, spanning diverse thinking and modalities, diplomatic, grounded, transparent, precise, methodical, clear, centered, highly intelligent, hard working, determined, honest, attuned, and able to shake off life’s hardships in order to make room for magic.
I’m a vocal advocate of plant-medicine and find it is a true ally to pelvic healing when used safely, ethically, and responsibly. I love being a strong safe educated voice for ethical use of altered states and how it can be a support to this path.
I obviously have loads of passion for pelvic health work. Outside of this soul mission, dance is what lights me up and gets my heart pumping in the most pure way. If I could turn back time, I would explore extensive dance training. While I’m not musically gifted (though I have a great ear and would love to one day DJ for real), I have a knack for movement and rhythm. For me, the dance floor is natural, joyful, and connects me to the eternal pulse of life.
My favorite motto Is “The truth is in the middle”. I talk about continuums and extremes a lot in my work. I am always searching for “the middle way” in my own psyche, body, health, relationships, and life.
My proudest accomplishment is creating and running my own business. I've been working for myself in some capacity for over 13 years. I've also had a a lot of tough jobs that gave me an incredible window into humanity. I've discovered I need to work in the way that is true to who I am. I stand for this fusion of modalities I hold and I serve people with full confidence and humility (check out the client words tab).
My business is a huge part of me and is absolutely an intricate part of my identity. My passion for the female experience is wide and nuanced. After being raised in an area of the USA with heavy institutional influences (Washington DC), I wasn’t exposed to many entrepreneurs. I’ve had steep learning curves. I’m grateful to have maintained commitment to my vision, personal & professional integrity. I’ve had incredible privilege in access to education, business development, mentors, and training. I hope to utilize my personal and professional privilege to serve women on many levels in my life.
In the next 5 years one of my goals that MUST be completed is to spread this modality and training to more professionals. There is a severe global lack and high need for trauma informed pelvic care. As reproductive health challenges and complications rise in this rapid technologically advancing world, the call for holistic pelvic health is alive. This longing is a phenomenon and large numbers of people awaken to it daily. Trauma-informed pelvic care is the next wave of female empowerment. It’s time to lean in.
When a stranger meets me I want to leave the impression on them that I am connected, adaptive, open, and fiercely responsible with myself and others.
I stand for women having access to health, vibrancy, consciousness, autonomy, ground, wealth, personal responsibility, and the ability to make informed choices for their health and vitality. I stand for women to have education and knowledge about their bodies. To inquire into consciousness. To have their best interest in heart and mind and cultivating right relationship to their life-force.
Outside of my professional development (a true friend to my personal path), I enjoy live music, culture, travel, existential irreverence, my animals (for now, cats & chickens and high hopes for a donkey), yoga, dance, great friends, humor, partnership, and creativity. I am devoted to my own path first and foremost. I am always keeping my eye on the current of the internal and external world. I spend most of my time in Colorado though my favorite place to be is at the ocean. My homeland / roots are in Washington DC, and if I could choose one superpower it would be time & space travel.
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