What is it?
Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a gentle, internal pelvic bodywork pioneered by Portland-based women’s health physical therapist Tami Kent. Just as other major muscles of the body can become tightened, stressed and imbalanced from overwork, so too can the internal muscles of the pelvic bowl become imbalanced from illness, stress, or trauma.
Holistic Pelvic Care™ combines gentle, internal massage with energetic and emotional balancing techniques. These techniques help reestablish strength and synergy in the pelvic musculature, increase blood flow to the pelvic organs, and help decrease problematic symptoms.
Who benefits from this treatment?
Any woman who is looking to reestablish a connection to her pelvic bowl or simply nurture her female body in a holistic way may benefit from one or more treatment sessions. However, specific concerns that may be aided by Holistic Pelvic Care™ include (but are not limited to):
- Painful sexual activity, intercourse, or sexual dysfunction
- Urinary leakage or incontinence
- Chronic bladder or vaginal infections
- Fertility support
- Preparing for conception/pregnancy
- Postpartum complaints and recovery
- Pelvic congestion
- Uterine prolapse
- Menstrual pain
- History of pelvic trauma or abuse
- Healing after pregnancy loss or abortion
What can you expect from treatment?
The first session is generally the longest (1 hour) where a brief history will be taken and where we will discuss your goals for treatment. This is also the time where we will discuss any questions or concerns you may have and review female anatomy and muscles. We will then move on to some basic external work and then, if you are comfortable, we may move on to internal work. Internal work involves the therapist inserting a lubricated, gloved digit into the vagina and assessing the musculature and connective tissue. Exercise and gentle massage techniques will then be initiated for the duration of the treatment session.
Follow-up sessions are generally shorter (30-45 minutes) once the initial goals have been established.
Duration of treatment?
Generally, you can expect anywhere from 1-6 sessions depending on you and your practitioner’s treatment goals.
Will my insurance cover it?
We are contracted with many major insurance companies and some policies may cover this treatment. Should you have further questions, please contact our office or your insurance carrier for further guidance.