Holistic Pelvic Care
Women usually only focus on pelvic health when they’re pregnant or there’s a problem. However, it is here that our true creative centre lies.
Menstrual difficulties, pelvic pain, incontinence and fertility issues are just some of the reasons a woman might direct attention to her pelvic health. However, once these problems are solved her uterus and other pelvic organs are quickly forgotten, unless ongoing discomfort brings awareness back to this area.
Yet it is here in the pelvic bowl that we conceive, grow to fruition and give birth both physically and metaphorically: not only to babies but also to our creative projects. This centre is a woman’s powerhouse, her core, but we tend to overlook it until physical symptoms begin to manifest. This can be our body’s way of calling us back to this centre.
Until now, women’s pelvic health has not usually been addressed in terms of mind, body and spirit, says Tami Lynn Kent, founder of the integrative practice Holistic Pelvic Care™, and author of the book Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body. “Today’s women have chronic tension in the pelvic area because of habits that maintain pelvic stagnation, such as prolonged sitting, and a general disconnect from the feminine,” she says. “They learn to live with the pelvic imbalances that result from accumulated stress and childbirth, unaware of the alternative – a healthy pelvic bowl and a strongly creative energy flow.
Balancing the pelvic energy may require that a woman expand her self-expression, grieve a past wound, or restore a lost creative pursuit. In this way, pelvic imbalances offer guidance for rediscovering the wider range of the wild feminine landscape.”
What can go wrong?
The pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles and ligaments that act like a hammock to support internal organs. It can be weakened by the weight of a growing fetus during pregnancy, vaginal childbirth, chronic constipation and chronic coughing.
Kent has found that postural patterns, emotional stress, energy blocks and trauma can cause tension in the pelvic muscles, restricting the flow of blood and energy and leading to muscular imbalances, which can contribute to menstrual problems, fertility challenges, endometriosis, fibroids, hemorrhoids and uterine or bladder prolapse, and lack of progress in labour.
Typically women are taught Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor, but if the muscles are imbalanced the exercises can lead to one quadrant of the pelvic floor working harder than others. “Over time, muscular imbalances affect a woman’s pelvic stability and root health,” says Tami.
What can you do?
A Holistic Pelvic Care ™ practitioner restores balance in the female pelvis to strengthen core muscles, enhance pelvic energetic vitality, improve sensation, provide support for infertility, help recovery after pregnancy and childbirth, and reconnect to the beauty of the pelvic bowl. During a Kegel exercise, tension patterns are noted, helping to direct the treatment process. The pelvis is then rebalanced through techniques such as intervaginal massage with myofascial release (physically or energetically), trigger point work, visualisations, breathing exercises, and energy work.
Close your eyes and bring your attention down to your pelvic bowl, the root of the female body. It may feel unfamiliar and even foreign; you may feel tense, uncomfortable, or distracted. Just keep breathing into the area. Then begin by walking the perimeter of your pelvic bowl, starting at the front and moving right and continuing around to the left. Visualise the cleansing of your pelvic bowl and see any stagnant energy leaving and moving down through your root and into the earth. When you are finished, visualise golden light filling your centre.
Express your wild feminine
The ovaries, with their potential for creation, provide a woman with creative energy as long as they are balanced. With their distinct qualities, the left and right ovary work together so that you can express your creative fire, your true spirit. Even when an ovary is absent, the energy remains.The left ovary connects to the true, receptive feminine, while the right ovary connects to a woman’s external roles in the world. Nurture your left ovary by writing in your journal or reading an inspirational book; nurture your right ovary by honing a new skill or taking action on one of your dreams.
Many unaddressed emotions, sadness, fear and rage, are held in the root of the female body, causing tension in the pelvic muscles. Women can hold intergenerational trauma and emotions such as grief and shame from ancestors in the pelvic area and womb. You may feel a heaviness in this part of the body without knowing why. Loss in all its forms, such as lost opportunities and miscarriages, can settle here. With focus on this area, these emotions can be addressed, enabling stagnant energy to be cleared and released. “Clearing stagnant energy and emotional burdens from the pelvic bowl, we have more creative energy,” says Kent.
Nurture your feminine nature
In this results orientated world, a woman can forget to nurture her feminine, receptive nature. Returning to the root of your body helps you to stay centred and calm. Find time in your daily routine to pause and be still, even for only a few minutes. Sit uninterrupted with a cup of tea, lie in the sunshine, light a candle.
Bring awareness to your womb space and feel the energy there. The uterus holds or releases energy as it follows its internal creative cycle. Consider shedding self-limiting beliefs. Ask yourself what you would like to hold onto in your life as a woman.
In my work with women over the years, I have witnessed the profound shifts and the healing of deep wounds on both the physical and energetic level once the pelvic area has been consciously reclaimed.
One woman had constant pain around her left ovary for years. An initial assessment identified intergenerational trauma and after two treatments and self-care tools, she reported that her symptoms had diminished drastically. A year later she is still pain free.
Many women who come for treatments suffer from shame associated with their pelvic area. The result is disconnection from the pelvic bowl, which can have a range of consequences including issues with fertility.
By releasing old emotions like shame, women discover a well of joy and the confidence to begin creating from their dreams.
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Wild Feminine (2011) by Tami Lynn Kent is published by Beyond Words Publishing
Originally published in Nature & Health magazine in February 2017
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