Our practitioners specialise in techniques that include Applied Kinesiology and Cranial Osteopathy, and we receive a lot of recommendations based on our individual and effective approach to assessment and treatment.
What is Holistic Pelvic CareTM
Holistic Pelvic CareTM (HPC) is a therapy developed from 25 years of work, research and hands-on practice by Tami Lynn Kent, a women’s health physiotherapist based in Portland, Oregon and author of ‘Wild Feminine’, ‘Mothering from your Centre’ and ‘Wild Creative’.
HPC involves gentle internal massage of the pelvic floor muscles and fascia alongside attending to tension and emotional holding patterns in the pelvic bowl using dialogue, visualisation, breath-work and abdominal contact. Treatments help re-balance the pelvic floor and increase blood flow to pelvic organs, which can improve problematic symptoms.
What can I expect at a treatment?
An initial HPC consultation is 90 minutes and includes a detailed case history, discussion of treatment aims, basic introduction to female pelvic anatomy, a pelvic floor assessment and treatment.
The pelvic muscles are assessed intravaginally during a pelvic ‘squeeze’ like a Kegel / pelvic floor exercise. This is done with a gloved, lubricated finger inserted in the vagina. Pelvic muscle engagement, trigger points, tension and pain patterns are noted.
The assessment is followed by a treatment to balance the pelvis. Techniques include intravaginal massage with myofascial release and trigger point work assisted by breath-work and visualisation tools for both physical and energetic balance. Follow-up sessions are 45-minutes and begin with a brief re-assessment and then focus primarily on treatment.
The pelvic massage is gentle and respectful, following the lead of the body. It should never hurt and the response of a woman’s body guides the depth and direction of the hands-on work. Though gentle, the effects are profound and women often notice a change with even one session.
The number of treatments depends on the extent of a woman’s symptoms and how long she has been having them. Three sessions are usually recommended to restore basic pelvic balance.
What kind of things do Holistic Pelvic Care practitioners treat?
HPC is for women of all ages to address pelvic symptoms, enhance general wellness, improve pelvic floor tone, prepare for pregnancy or heal after birthing. Any pelvic imbalance can be improved by hands-on pelvic care such as urinary leakage, uterine prolapse, pelvic muscle weakness, pelvic pain, and pain with intercourse. Treatments can help women reconnect with their pelvic space, feminine energy and natural cycles.
Pelvic floor muscles can become tight and stressed like any other muscles in the body, especially during pregnancy and birth. Pelvic floor exercises are good to do but if there is any imbalance in the pelvic floor muscles these exercises can reinforce that imbalance.
Can I have treatment when I’m pregnant?
Internal pelvic work is not done during pregnancy but the process of healing after childbirth is greatly assisted by HPC and any imbalances that may have occurred during pregnancy or birth can be addressed early on. Six weeks post-partum is a good time to begin but it can be useful months and even years after birth.
What if I have a caesarean birth?
A caesarean birth will benefit from HPC as well, with fascial work directly to the caesarean mark and internal work to address the imbalances caused by any prolonged vaginal birth attempt.
What does a treatment cost?
The initial 90 minute consultation costs £125 and subsequent 45 minute follow up treatments cost £75.
If you would like more information please contact Clio via the form on her website - she is happy to chat through any questions you might have - www.clioturton.com.
I wasn't able to run for 7 months because of a hip injury. In spite of months of physio it just wasn't getting better; I was starting to worry it might be serious, and the lack of exercise was getting me down. A friend suggested Karen and after just one session I was able to run again, pain free. I've spent a month building up my distances and am almost back to my previous fitness. After all those months of pain I still can't quite believe I can run again! Karen is friendly, professional and really knows her stuff; as well as fixing my hip, she (unprompted) found and fixed a whole bunch of other minor problems that I'd learned to live with. Amazing!
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