What is EPC? Embodied Pelvic Care offers a holistic approach to pelvic health. EPC is a radical somatic approach to working on and within the pelvis. EPC supports the body's ability to reorganize and heal from scar tissue caused by birth injuries or trauma, gynecological procedures, chronic pelvic pain or pain associated menstrual cycles, endometriosis, pain with sexual intercourse and so much more. Embodied Pelvic Care is a modality that includes "hands-on and hands-in" manual touch of the pelvis, scar tissue remediation, somatic education and experiencing, and nervous system tracking.
Pelvic mapping and Scar Tissue Remediation are at the foundation of Embodied Pelvic Care. Mapping is used as an embodied education and exploration tool, as well as tissue quality assessment for working with scar tissue and structural imbalances. Mapping involves "hands-on and hands-in" touch to become familiar with your pelvic territory. Mapping is a somatic journey of both the outer and inner world of your pelvis, including genitals.
During a mapping session the following anatomy is identified so the receiver has an internal, felt experience of vulva anatomy: Mons pubis, Sacrum, Ischial tuberosities (sit bones), Inguinal region, Outer labia, Inner labia, Clitoral head, Clitoral shaft, Clitoral legs, Vestibular bulbs, Urethral opening, Introitus (vaginal opening), Perineum, Perineal sponge, Vagina, Urethral sponge, Cervix We assess overall health by addressing the following 4 domains:
Biochemical We discuss nutritional and gut health, hormonal balance and medication/drug history. Biochemistry can effect tissue quality, blood flow to pelvic organs, create inflammation in small or large intestines and contribute to scar tissue, as well as muscle tension.
Biomechanic We assess overall body alignment from "head to toe". As we support the ability of the body to reorganize to gravity (through a structural integration model), habitual strain patterns ease and often chronic pain is alleviated.
Emotional Our emotional stories and landscapes are often overlooked in traditional medical models. Emotional or traumatic experiences may impact our psyche at both conscious and unconscious levels. When the nervous system does not reset after an overwhelming experience, sleep, cardiac, digestion, respiration, and immune system function can be seriously disturbed. Unresolved physiological distress can also lead to an array of other physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. As we work together with hands-on, hands-in modalities, emotional experiences or memories may spontaneously arise. We track these somatic experiences using the integrated SIBAM model. SIBAM allows for integration without re-traumatizing through a titrated process. Trauma is too much, too fast; titration is a little bit, slowly.
M-Meaning (Mind, Thought, Congnition)
SCAR TISSUE Chronic pelvic pain may be caused by scar tissue from surgeries and injuries such as appendectomy, hysterectomy, cesarean section, D&C procedures, IUD's, fibroids, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, childbirth injuries, or sexual trauma or rape. We assess scar tissue through direct manual contact. Often times scar tissue spontaneously unwinds with direct contact and attention.
What can you expect from treatment? The initial EPC session last 90 minutes, with follow-up sessions 75 minutes. A thorough history will be taken and we will address questions and concerns. We start sessions with abdominal work and/or bone holding, followed by detailed pelvis and vulva mapping. Mapping allows clients to become familiar with their own pelvic territory. Once you are comfortable, we move from external to internal work. Internal work is always done gloved and using a lubricant as needed. Internal work may include additional mapping, scar tissue remediation, pelvic organ assessment and somatic/nervous system tracking.
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