The Journey Has Just Begun

Today I realized it’s been over four years that I’ve been honored to do women’s work in the pelvic floor field. And although four years may not seem like the longest time - it’s been a wild ride of a multitude of patients, diagnoses and stories.

Holding space in the setting of a hospital when speaking about fragile topics of pelvic health (things like leaking urine while chasing your kids or painful intercourse with your partner or vaginal dryness that came out of nowhere) has been a challenge but I’m grateful for the skills it has brought me and continues to bring. There’s something valuable about learning how to create space in even the harshest of environments.

By the time women make it to my door they feel as if this is their only hope. One day, as I look back on my years in pelvic health, I hope to see this change. I want to be their first line of defense. Their advocate. Their accomplice in health changes.

Over the past weekend I took a seminar called Birthfit with other health care providers in the birth world (chiros, PTs and midwives!) - more on this and my experience with Birthfit next week. But, for those of you waiting with baited breath, I’m excited to say I’ve been reignited. It’s time - it’s our time. Together we are asking for change. Bringing magic if change and advocacy for mama’s everywhere.

The medical world better watch out. We’re asking for what we deserve and what we need. Everyday better than the next.

Birthfit Professional Seminar Participants -9/21/19-9/22/19

Birthfit Professional Seminar Participants -9/21/19-9/22/19

Pelvic Taboo

Pelvic Floor related wellness is something that no one would have ever realized is even a career path - I know, strange. I work with women who have had all sorts of crazed information thrown their way. From the gynecologist who has told his patient that she has a "fiery, angry vagina" to the male urologist who referred my patient to a plastic surgeon because "no one will ever find THAT vagina attractive", my job is to clean up your mess. You're welcome.

Women have, through out history, always been degraded, less than and there to "please" our male counterpart. When it comes to our pelvic energy and our sacral + root chakras - we're energetically a MESS, unstable, insecure and forever not enough. But, when it comes to the medical field we have less than ideal options to turn to when it comes to our pelvic muscles, the confusion of why are we getting constipated all the time or worse - childbirth and a "baby belly" that everyone tells you there's nothing you can do about (until recently with NPR's article on diastasic recti getting fixed with one exercise 10 minutes a day which will be a whole other blog post). But, our pelvic muscles are important integrative part to our health and wellness, resolving prolapse, incontinence as well as low back pain.

Women's Pelvic Wellness - How can WE help?

Women's Pelvic Wellness - How can WE help?

Energetically, even just reading these words, we FEEL the mess that the outside world has given us and we've stored in our sacral centers. When we are told that our vaginas are not enough and when our beautiful and magnificent body part that makes us a woman is turned in to a slanderous word for men to use to call each other LESS than ( can I say, "don't be a pussy" ) it stores there and it manifests as pain, discomfort, urinary issues, constipation, pelvic prolapse and even more so self doubt and PAIN. 

So then fast forward to how I spend my day - I am a pelvic floor physical therapist. I work with women (and men) who have pelvic pain, discomfort with their pelvic centers, prolapse, diastasic recti and so much more. I spend my day talking about bowel movements, pelvic pain, vaginas, and tailbone pain. I talk more about childbirth than anyone else I know who's never had a baby... and it makes people uncomfortable.

This blog post is a call to action - talk to your girl friends, male friends and medical practitioners about what you need help with. Know that urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and prolapse are a common condition but they are NOT normal. Let's get you help. Let's break the taboo. And visualize the world where women get the medical help they need - with integral care for one another.

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It's Been A While + What Inspires You?

Inspired.

I don't know about you, but often I find myself looking for the next hook to get inspired.

Courses, Classes, Conversation, Books, Music, People... But, what is it that inspires us?

Over the last couple weeks, I had some serious things occur in my life that changed how I wanted to walk in the world. I took time away... matter of fact, I ran away from "real life" and frolicked in the ocean, the forests and the cool breeze of the mountains. And in all of this - I felt, solid ( ? )

The things that I would have considered to be amazing, enticing and deep were grounding and opening but less inspiring than I had thought. Then it occurred to me, THE UNIVERSE ONLY GIVES YOU WHAT YOU NEED. For the months of June and the beginning of July of this year, I was not in a place where I needed to be doing anything but grounding down and resting. Which is exactly what I did. I took time off, I explored, I mourned and cried. But, most importantly I rested. Uninspired isn't the right word to use but not looking to excel definitely works. 

Then I came home, I left the adventure of friendships and travel behind me and I had my first week back at my normal everyday job and I was EXHAUSTED. Like hard to get out of bed, not able to focus and about going to meditate and get to yoga... not so much. But, through that coffee induced coma of my lesser self - I realized I needed a little more. 

So, I started diving in to Gabrielle Bernstein's course "Spirit Junkie Master Class", I got back in to meditating, I went to as many yoga classes as I could fit in to my day - and I slept. I had inspiring conversations with the people in my life whom I lost touch with over the years, and through all of this I grew.

As they say - the lotus grows through mud - well I feel it. The pressure that the universe places on us is forever changing and intense. I'm blessed to be able to experience it all. And now we grow - inspired and back in action.