The Voice of Intuition and Your Pelvis

Recently a friend linked to a fantastic blog post by another local woman in the healing arts: Rachel Warrington. She articulates with such rawness and beauty the connection between our intuition and our pelvis.  "Intuition comes from the same place in your energetic system where feelings and desire sit, which in the way I have learned to see it is the sacral chakra."

When I work with women during a Mayan Abdominal Therapy session or Holistic Pelvic Care, I know that part of what is happening is that the woman is finding more connection with her intuition. Often we come to a clinic in search of physical healing (organ prolapse, fertility struggles, painful sex) but when it comes to addressing physical complaints of the female pelvis, we return to the magnificent depths of our very own intuition, passion, and wisdom. So many of my patients come in after having seen a physio or another mechanically-oriented pelvic floor therapist, but they still feel out of balance. That is because there is a piece missing: the energetic and emotional patterns that affect the muscles and fascia.

After studying the human energy system in a 2 year intensive (and ongoing studies thereafter), and then learning these physico-energetic techniques to take care of our pelvises, I fully agree with Rachel's words and could not have articulated it better. Please enjoy her blog post here: 

https://www.yarrowhealingarts.com/single-post/2017/07/20/A-Ramble-on-Intuition

 

Artwork by Andrew Trimmer

Artwork by Andrew Trimmer

Women, Boundaries, and Autoimmune Disease

In the last few years my practice has taken a turn toward women's pelvic health. Specifically, I practice something called Holistic Pelvic Care (a la Tami Kent, who wrote "Wild Feminine", among other fantastic books), which is a form of pelvic floor physiotherapy that takes into account the energetic and emotional components of pelvic floor dysfunction, menstrual complaints, infertility, and more. In doing this work, I spend an awful lot of time hanging out with women's second chakras. Guess what happens at the level of the second chakra? BOUNDARIES! 

From a physiologic standpoint the area of the second chakra, which is essentially the pelvic region, our body is dealing on a very functional level with boundaries. We have the intestines running through the pelvis, where our body is determining whether the substances in the intestines are worthy of being absorbed, or need to be kept out of the bloodstream. Are there microorganisms that need to be kept out of the bloodstream? What needs to be made "mine" and what needs to remain "not mine?" Here we have the epicenter of "Me/ Not Me." 

One concept I bring to women's attention during our pelvic sessions is that we also have, here in the pelvis, a tremendous capacity for receiving (the uterus receives sperm and potentially an embryo, the bladder receives urine, the descending colon and rectum receive waste). We have a capacity for holding all of these things, and then we have an inherent wisdom to know the right timing for letting go. In all of these processes is, once again, the discernment of "Me/ Not Me." Beyond the very physical, this also happens on an energetic level, which is quite significant in the female system. Because we are built to grow and birth babies, our immune system must have the flexibility to accept a "foreign" body and support that little being until it is ready for the outside world. We are built to allow the presence of "not me". But we are also, sadly, trained by our culture to allow for the energetic presence/ burdens of "not me" and we carry a lot of "stuff" for other people. 

This morning a very old, dear friend sent this blog post to me: https://drfloriewild.com/2017/06/15/your-beautiful-sexy-boundaries/ , which thrilled me because this conversation needs to be spread like wildfire through our communities of women. I could fully relate to this author's experience of my complete and total inability to honour my own boundaries in my first marriage. My ex-husband would push and push and push and, for someone who had very weak boundaries to begin with, it didn't take long before I relented. Granted, I learned to fight being married to (and divorcing!) him, which helped me to gain a sense of what it felt like to really establish, hold, and honour my own boundaries. But at the end of it all, I think I could have learned to set my own boundaries in a far less dramatic way had I been exposed to this conversation 10 years ago. And what would our marriage have been like if I were able to stand up for myself in a more clear manner? 

In any case, our marriage hit the skids and things were nuts. I had completely lost myself and I remember standing in our kitchen, talking with my brilliant ND, Dr Dick Thom, and saying "if I stay I am going to become very sick with an autoimmune disease." I just knew that there was trouble brewing in my system. While I had no lab analysis to confirm this, I knew the voice of my intuition booming through, and she was not to be ignored. 

In the following months I continued to struggle to find my voice, to stand up for myself, to honour that wisdom within that was telling me to hold steady, to persist in the separation that we had both agreed to, and slowly, slowly I felt my system stabilize. However, it was not until almost a year later that I entered into my 2 year training in human energy systems when I was actually able to cement this understanding of just how hugely significant boundaries truly are for a woman's health physiology. My teacher, Lynda Caesara, helped our class through various exercises in "me/ not me" so many times that I finally gained a felt sense of where I end and other people's energies begin, and I started to actively heal. 

In these very difficult years of marriage, childbearing, divorce, and running a women's health natural medicine practice, I have gained tremendous appreciation for all that women take on, all that they endure, and the profound ways in which our bodies say "Enough!". For the lucky ones, something clicks early enough that they seek help before they develop full blown disease or dysfunction. But most of us are not that keen, not that lucky, or just don't know that we have healing to do. My guess, based on the experiences of my friends, colleagues, and most of all hundreds of patients, is that nearly every woman has some work to do around "me/ not me". 

In my practice I have found various homeopathic and herbal remedies, along with nutrient therapies, to help the physiologic process of re-establishing boundaries. And from a more energetic standpoint I find Holistic Pelvic Care to be tremendously helpful in helping women to gain a stronger connection to their pelvis and innate sense of connection to themselves and their own capacity to determine "me/not me". If you don't have access to these resources, my assignment for you is to practice the exercise that Dr. Florie Wild wrote about in her blog (linked above), check in with yourself, find your own voice, and spend some time clearing out the "stuff" you are carrying around (very likely in your pelvis) so that you can come back to a more distilled essence of who you came here to be. 

 

My Return To Victoria: Women's Pelvic Floor Health

I am thrilled to be returning to Sage Clinic in Victoria after practicing and studying in California for the past few years! I am bringing with me two new therapies that I believe can not only transform the lives of individual women, but will contribute to the overall shift in consciousness and healing that we all are feeling emerging right now. We are returning to the feminine on a global level, but we, as women, have been measured against a masculine scale of what is "good" and acceptable on so many levels. Women have internalized this message to such a degree that our reproductive systems are dysfunctional in many ways. Our menses are out of sync, they bring us pain and discomfort, they exhaust us, and many women believe they impinge us from being able to compete in the masculine rat-race (ie birth control pills taken almost constantly to minimize cycling to 4 times a year, or less!). Did you know that a normal, healthy menstrual cycle from a well aligned uterus should start with no PMS symptoms, and should be about 3-5 days in duration, with no more than 2-3 hours of mild cramping, producing bright red blood with no clots? Next, of course, our ability to conceive and birth children naturally has been deeply impacted, and therefore so is our capacity to really show up in our feminine as we raise our children.

While our minds and hearts are engaging these shifts in the world on a philosophical level, our tissues continue to hold onto not only our personal histories, but the lineage from which we come, and even the global consciousness around what is feminine. For thousands of years, women have not felt safe to be fully in their power, fully in their feminine. Amazingly, we are starting to see this turn in our very own lifetimes!

The work I am bringing to my practice in Victoria can have as many layers to it as a woman desires. As a licensed Naturopathic Physician, I work with homeopathic medicine and herbal formulas, nutrition and the basic building blocks of material health. I also work in the energetic/ emotional/ spiritual layer in helping women to release all that they hold and move into power, passion, creativity, and more! I see people for the body work who already have an ND, which is great and works out well. In my practice, these two therapies can be stand alone therapies, or you can receive both treatments over the course of time, as they are deeply complimentary. You can also add in ND care from me, if you so desire.

The first therapy is called the Arvigo Technique of Mayan Abdominal Therapy. It is a massage technique that helps to re-align the uterus and the digestive organs, and also relieves congestion of blood and lymph throughout the abdomen and pelvis. Did you know that varicose veins in your rectum, vaginal tissue, thighs and even down into your legs can be caused by congestion in the pelvis? I typically recommend 3 treatments in the office, done about 3-4 weeks apart. At the time of treatment women are given the tools to deepen the work at home through a self-care massage practice. **(A uterus can become mis-aligned from pregnancy, difficult childbirth, carrying heavy loads around menses, high heeled shoes, running and dancing with high impact, injury to sacrum/ tailbone, chronic constipation, surgeries, motor vehicle accidents... the list goes on....)

The second piece I am bringing back with me is called Holistic Pelvic Care. I trained with a woman name Tami Kent, who wrote the book Wild Feminine. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it! HPC is an internal process of releasing myofascial blockages (and therefore energy and emotions) from the pelvic bowl. Because of the nature of the pelvic bowl (and the organs it supports), women also report changes in back, hip and knee pain after this type of work. HPC is similar to what a physiotherapist does to help a woman rehabilitate her pelvic floor, however, I bring to it a deeper attention to the emotional/ spiritual/ energetic healing aspect of the work. Women hold so much of our story in our pelvic floor. When we start to work with those tissues and bring our awareness into this largely overlooked part of our bodies, massive amounts of energy start to move! Typically, women have at least 3 session, and sometimes as many as 9 sessions, spaced as close together or as far apart as you feel comfortable with.

Both therapies are great for menstrual complaints, organ prolapse, reproductive concerns/ fertility, increasing libido and creativity, and many, many other concerns or complaints.

You can read more about each one here:
Holistic Pelvic Care (HPC)
Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT)

Thanks for reading a bit about my work. I am so excited to be back, and to bring these therapies into the community, along with my ND work. Please let me know if you have questions or want to book an appointment!

In Health,
Jeannie