I'm delighted to be welcoming the wonderful Andrea Clarke to Central Studio in Edinburgh in June. She'll be running a pop-up weekend of Holistic Pelvic Care treatments on 15th and 16th June. I didn't really know exactly what it was, but when she explained it to me, I jumped at the chance to host it as I think it will be relevant for lots of our clients and the awesome women of Edinburgh generally. Intrigued...? Andrea explains more below.
Holistic Pelvic Care
Who is if for?
Honestly? We all need this.
We need it, our men need us to have it and our world needs this to be the reality – women rooted and connected, and sitting comfortably in their own power.
If you have pelvic/menstrual pain, then this is for you.
If you have any pathologies eg endometriosis, mild prolapse, urinary issues/leakage, then this is for you.
If you feel disconnected and shamed, then this is for you.
If you have ever given your "power away", saying yes when your body said NO, or experienced a smear/pap test that left you feeling violated, then this is for you.
If you have been sexually/physically traumatised then this is for you.
If you have experienced loss, termination, miscarriage or baby loss, then this is for you.
If you are trying to conceive then this is for you.
If you are riding the waves of perimenopause/menopause and you haven't fully transited, then this is for you.
If you are wanting/needing to help to raise the consciousness of this world then this is DEFINITELY for you.
If this resonates with you on any level, then please do get in touch and we can chat. Working with a Holistic Pelvic Care practitioner, alongside working through the exercises in the book “Wild Feminine” by Tami Kent, will completely change how you move forward in your life. When we change and grow, so too do our relationships and we can more fully embrace our Divine Feminine energies in a more wholesome way.
How does it work?
Firstly, the practicalities. You’ll be lying on the massage couch, bottom half covered in your favourite shawl, rebozo or towel – it’s up to you which is going to feel most comfortable. Your knickers are removed, and I will be sitting to your left, so I can insert my left forefinger into the vagina (gloved and lubricated), whilst my right hand is used to palpate the abdomen. First, we assess the muscle contraction of the pelvic floor and how even the right/left/front and back of the vagina are. Does it feel even? How well do the muscles recruit? Are there areas which are numb, too tight, or tender? Are they able to contract and relax equally? Is there a sense of congestion? Or a sense of emptiness?
Next, we bring presence to the pelvic bowl to release and clear congestion. Most women have chronic holding patterns due to menstrual products, stress, trauma, scarcity patterns, lineage/ancestral patterns, holding our stuff and everyone else’s. However, the natural energy flow of the bowl is to hold and release. Our menstrual cycles, and pregnancy followed by birth are good examples of this pattern in action. Working the fascia to release and smooth, only then does it become apparent how much tension we hold here, perhaps our only way to protect the sanctity of this Divine space – often shamed, traumatised and lessened. This level of protection may have become so second nature that we don’t even realise that is what we are doing – it’s become normalised.
We then bring presence to the grounding connection – from bowl to earth. We check in with the womb and the right and left ovaries and the story they have to tell, bringing greater connection through breath and imagery. The ovaries are our creative jewels and relate to the mother line (left) and father line (right). Pathology here - cysts, fluid, endometriosis - all have their metaphysical tales to tell, just waiting to be heard and bought into to our awareness. By bringing in balance we can begin to restore their dynamic flow. Then we “bless” the bowl, connecting with energy, colour, spirit – whatever is needed. And then we re-engage the pelvic floor to help with integration and for the body to sense the new pattern emerging.
During a session, you’ll feel completely and utterly plugged into Moma earth. The grounding rod that you create connects the pelvic bowl to the earth. She, the Great Mother, transmutes what needs to be cleared and you get to feel fully supported and connected. The pelvic bowl holds all the medicine that we need to heal our scared feminine energies. Yes that’s right, as we work, we get to unravel and reveal the beauty that is held within the bowl, our very own medicine bowl, so that we can be our own healers. This can be TOTALLY transformative and empowering for many women. Our vaginas and cervix are the Gateway/Goddess from the outer to the inner sanctum, the sacred inner landscape which we are only just re-awakening too.
Read more on Andrea's website.
She's a truly remarkable person, with an amazing backstory which has brought her to where she is now in her life. It's impossible to condense into a few lines, so read more about Andrea here.
What - Holistic Pelvic Care™ 1:1 sessions
When - Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2019
Where - Central Studio, 14a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
How long - each session is 90 mins
Fee - £120. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. Further ongoing support can be offered via Skype/Zoom
For more details, please visit the event page on Facebook.
If you are not on Facebook, you can email Andrea or call her for full details on 07866 806433. If you'd like to book a session, please contact Andrea directly to agree a convenient time.
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