The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® can have profound benefits even if your uterus has been removed.
In my posts on Arvigo®, I often talk about its benefits in relation to uterine alignment. Does that mean if your uterus has been removed Arvigo® would be a pointless exercise? Absolutely not! Those who are post-hysterectomy can gain much from this abdominal massage. Soften and Realign Scar Tissue Even when necessary, surgery is a trauma to the body affecting th
Sometimes waiting to get to your LMT is not an option! Here’s how to work out that annoying trigger point wherever you are. Trigger points are a protection response triggered by mechanical stresses in the body. The absolute best way to release a trigger point is to discontinue the activity that caused it in the first place. However, life does not always roll that way. Which is why we have massage! And when we can’t get in to see our favorite massage therapist, we have self
What does uterine placement have to do with our health? Everything! Our pelvic spaces are a complex intersection of stability and movement, top and bottom, intake and release. Many important nervous, circulatory, and fascial structures originate in this area. And smack in the center of it all is the uterus. The uterus is the Queen around which all of the other organs and tissues orient. What happens when the Queen forgets her good posture? Current Western medicine gives us a
Check for these trigger points if you have pelvic or genital pain!
Knots are a source of pain in many conditions including those in the pelvic area. Really! If we do consider trigger points as a contributor to our incontinence or genital pain, we will usually think of only addressing those that occur in the pelvic floor. And that’s super valuable! But trigger points in external muscles can also create the pelvic discomfort. Below is a list of external muscles that can ref
Gluteal amnesia. Dormant butt. Dead butt. All of these names are just another way of saying that your glute muscles aren’t firing as much or when they need to, potentially causing low back pain and lower body tension. Our gluteus maximus muscles are the largest and one of the most powerful muscles in our body. They are key to hip stability, jumping, and standing from bending. Our glute max muscles are what allow us to maintain upright standing and are therefore a key to po
It isn’t your glutes and it isn’t your TFL. What else could be making your IT Band tight? A not-so-little quad muscle called the vastus lateralis. Stretching your tensor fascia lata and strengthening your glutes both produced lackluster results. The outside of your knee is still burning and your outer leg feels tight enough to strum. Don’t go back to frustratedly foam rolling your IT Band just yet! There is one last muscle that could be the source of your iliotibial band
Your butt is more connected to your knee than you might think! Ensuring a healthy balance in your glutes can relieve IT Band tightness.
We discussed in last week’s article all of the iliotibial band’s wonderful stabilizing functions and how stretching your tensor fascia lata might be the key to unlocking any tightness there. But your TFL isn’t always the problem. When that’s the case, look to the glutes! It’s pretty common knowledge that butt muscle balance is super impor
It feels like sciatica. But it could be SI joint dysfunction instead! Sciatica is a (literal) pain in the butt! One that you want to be to of ASAP. In a previous article, I outlined how piriformis syndrome can mimic sciatica symptoms and what you can do to help yourself at home. But what if you don't have piriformis syndrome? SI joint dysfunction could be causing your symptoms. Your sacroiliac (SI) joint is the connection between your sacrum, the beautiful triangle shaped bon
It’s easy to assume that the awful tingling pain running from your low back down the back of your leg is sciatica, but it could actually be something much easier to deal with! Chances are you are already familiar with the concept, if not the actual experience, of sciatica. Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve due to some dysfunction in the lumbar spine such as herniated or degenerating discs, fractures, or arthritis. It can radiate burning/tingling/sharp pain from
Men’s pelvic floors need attention too! Self penile massage can be a great tool to support sexual function and overall health. Pelvic floor health is often on the lowest rung of the ladder when discussing physical health. When it is mentioned, it is often in relationship to pregnancy or other women’s issues. But men have pelvic floors too! And they can also be affected by pain and dysfunction.
Self penile massage can be a wonderfully supportive tool for you address pelvi
As I have mentioned in previous posts, chronic pain - whether of the pelvis or another area of the body - is multidimensional and complex. Learning about your condition, your body, and your available tools to recover is an essential element to navigating that maze and managing your pain. That is why I place such a high emphasis on client education and teaching self care techniques for my massage clients. Health education consists of two parts to be effective. The first par
Our society is inundated with chronic disease and pain. I bet you can think of at least one person - if it isn’t yourself - who is constantly rubbing their back, checking their blood pressure, or otherwise struggling to feel healthy. Causes of nearly all of these modern pains and diseases (including cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pain syndromes, digestive complaints, arthritis, etc.) are rooted in stress and inflammation.
So what on Earth does any of that ha
Chronic Pelvic Pain. This term encompasses conditions ranging from endometriosis to painful sex (dysperonia), incontinence to constipation, pelvic floor inhibition to over activation. These are complex conditions with a multitude of contributing factors. As such, it can a be frustrating nightmare when looking for answers. But complexity in this instance also offers those with these conditions several avenues to begin addressing the pain at home as well as gather information
Getting a massage is a wonderful, relaxing, therapeutic time in our routines! In the midst of our bliss or startling at the sound of our own snores, we can think of “getting a massage” as a completely passive act. But active participation in the experience can rev up results and add another dimension to the work. One of the most (hopefully) obvious and encouraged forms of active participation is telling your therapist when you feel especially tender or painful areas. Even
“Sitting is the new smoking.” I'm sure you've heard this phase at least once in the recent past. Our modern culture is inundated with activities best done in this immobile position. It is taking years off our lives and contributing to a slew of health problems like low back pain and obesity. Many of these issues are connected to the ill effects this position has on our pelvic floors. Sitting for prolonged periods destabilizes the sacroiliac joint, exacerbates poor postural ha
Ladies! Use a waist trainer, girdle, or corset? Ever notice how you bloat a little bit (or a lot a bit) after taking it off? Strange, isn't it, how something that is supposed to hide a puffy belly seems to cause it? Here's why. As women, our stomachs are not meant to be board flat. Shocking, right?! Binding apparatuses make us look smaller by pinching in the natural waist, pulling the floating ribs closer together, and pushing in on the topmost part of the hips. This will con
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), I am using this post to address a topic that the majority of Massage Therapist tend to avoid. Massage Therapy and its relation to Sexual Health! With the fading but still lingering stigma of illicit services offered by shady massage parlors and the safety issues that creates for licensed therapists as well as unfortunate fact that usually massage is only connected with sex in misconduct news reports or human trafficking case
Tami Kent is a leader in women’s health and developer of Holistic Pelvic Care - a system of internal vaginal massage and energy work that helps women to restore balance to their pelvic floor and energetic root. Her book, Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body, is considered a staple in the women’s pelvic health field. Filled with case studies, personal reflections, actionable exercises, and affirming insights, it is easy to understand why both practiti
Last week we discussed the signs of a happy period. While an ideal world would automatically come with the perfect menses for every woman, in this one we might have to work a little bit for it! Different menstrual dysfunctions have different causes and therefore will have different treatment needs. However, all of these problems can basically be split into one of two categories: structural dysfunction or hormonal imbalance. Though these might seem like unreachable, unchang
In the care-giving world there is a term that describes the ability to be completely present for another person without judgement, open to whatever the other needs in that moment. It is called “holding space.” This is an element of therapeutic care that most professionals strive to achieve for their clients. But recently I have come to realize how important this type of openness is to give to yourself. In fact, I believe it is possibly the most essential tool we can have