Holistic Pelvic Care™ in Oakland
Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a technique designed to restore physical, emotional, and energetic imbalances rooted in the pelvic bowl. Holistic Pelvic Care™ helps rebalance and restore the pelvic musculature and refresh circulation to the pelvic bowl through gentle internal work and self-care education. This work addresses postpartum symptoms, birth trauma, pelvic pain, urinary leakage or incontinence, fertility, pregnancy loss, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse history, and sexual health. This care also supports alignment and function of the ovaries and uterus, and revitalizes creative potential. Holistic Pelvic Care™ was created by Tami Kent, a women’s health physical therapist who created a gentle and effective way to physically, emotionally and energetically support and restore balance in the pelvis.
A woman’s pelvis is the powerhouse of a woman’s creative and energetic center. It is from this sacred space where a woman gives birth not only to her beloved children but also to her creative ideas. In modern times we have lost the understanding that the pelvic bowl houses a deep wisdom and intelligence, and that it can serve as a unique resource from which a woman can use to help restore physical and emotional balance in her time of need. Just as other muscles in the body become tightened, stressed and imbalanced whenever they are strained, overworked, or traumatized, so too can the internal muscles of the pelvic bowl become imbalanced from illness, stress, or trauma. Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a therapy that helps a woman gain greater access to her creative intuition, find clarity of mind, realign with her spiritual calling – all while minimizing the symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Who can benefit from Holistic Pelvic Care™ sessions?
Within the current medical model, the field of women’s health is mostly limited to well woman exams including pap smears and issues relating to hormonal imbalance. A woman’s pelvic bowl contains a complex network of muscles and organs yet the pelvis receives little direct care. In a culture that tends to encourage the tendency for women to care for everybody and everything except for themselves, the tension that results often gets stored within the pelvic musculature and internal fascia leaving women disconnected from the wisdom that lies within their “creative feminine energy center” (the pelvic bowl). As a Holistic Pelvic Care™ practitioner, Sirena is honored to help women reconnect with their center so that they can find the strength, clarity, balance, and rejuvenation they need to create a richer and more meaningful life.
Sirena believes that every woman can benefit from Holistic Pelvic Care™. As a unique therapy that helps women revitalize and reclaim their vital energy, improves circulation and restores energetic and physical balance within the pelvis, Holistic Pelvic Care™ decreases pelvic congestion and can therefore be helpful in addressing conditions like PMS, dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), Irregularity, ovarian cysts and infertility.
“What an amazing experience it was to be with Sirena, her capable hands, wisdom and spirit. The pelvic floor massage was definitely unlike anything I have experienced before and I loved giving attention to this long neglected set of muscles and the wisdom that is held there. I also greatly appreciated the wisdom and guidance my body gave me during our session. I feel a more subtle powerful connection with myself. “ – Kerry, Oakland, CA
“Sirena helped me to realize my connection to my pelvis. After just one pelvic floor massage session I was able to inhabit and begin to control some previously uncontrollable areas. I have an incontinence issue, and the session enabled me to locate and begin to strengthen the pelvic musculature. Thank you for this fantastic, life altering connection to my pelvis.” – Cheeta, Oakland, CA
“I have had irregular, painful periods for years and have tried everything doctors have to offer (mainstream and alternative) to no avail. I went to Sirena to help with my erratic menstrual cycle. I was skeptical that pelvic massage could actually do anything when so much else had failed, but I was shocked at how different things felt right away. I’m having less pain and more regularity. Plus, Sirena is amazing!” – Kati, Oakland, CA
What types of pelvic symptoms may be addressed by Holistic Pelvic Care™?
Holistic Pelvic Care™ is recommended for:
Preparing for pregnancy
Preparing for childbirth
Improving postpartum healing
Traumatic or difficult birth experiences
Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
Helping establishing clear energetic boundaries
Painful Bladder Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, constipation
Women in Peri/Menopause
Pelvic pain, Vaginisumus
Pain with intercourse, sexual dysfunction
Endometriosis, painful menstrual periods
Urinary leakage (incontinence)
Organ prolapse (Rectocele/cystocele)
Sexual health concerns (libido/orgasm)
Pelvic muscle balance and engagement
Postpartum Birth Integration
This work is very special for new mothers and is designed to help revitalize your pelvic floor after the birth of your baby. This treatment resolves postpartum symptoms such as pelvic pain, discomfort, or muscle weakness and greatly assists in your overall healing. Women who have experienced trauma during childbirth find that restoring pelvic balance aids their recovery. Postpartum Holistic Pelvic Care™ can help women who have recently given birth reconnect with their sacred womb space, revitalize and rebalance their core, and transform any physical or emotional discomforts/traumas that may have been experienced during or after the birthing process. Holistic Pelvic Care™ can also help speed recovery from childbirth,
For women who have experienced a miscarriage, working with a Holistic Pelvic Care™ practitioner can help reconnect them to their sacred womb and facilitate deeper level of healing so that they are better able to honor the spirit who had been connected to their womb and process their loss in a way that feels more complete.
Holistic Pelvic Care™ restores the balance within the pelvic bowl to release patterns of trauma that persist after difficult birth experiences. It is a gentle yet powerful therapy that can help women transition into motherhood with a greater sense of peace, joy and ease that she can focus her energy on the one thing she does best: nurture and love her new baby. It can be helpful to receive this work, even many years after a challenging birth, to help resolve some trauma that is still held in the body.
What can I expect in a Holistic Pelvic Care™ session?
Your initial treatment session will generally be the longest (approximately 90 minutes) where Sirena will take a brief history and discuss your goals for treatment. This is also the time where she will discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the therapy itself as well as any questions you may have about pelvic anatomy. Next, Sirena will begin with some external palpation techniques and then, if you are comfortable, she will continue with internal palpation techniques to evaluate any existing trigger points as well as tension patterns within your pelvic bowl. Her assessment is used to guide your individualized Holistic Pelvic Care™ treatments, which may incorporate the use of gentle intravaginal massage, myofascial and trigger point release, CranioSacral Therapy, as well as energetic balancing techniques.
Follow-up sessions are generally shorter (approximately 60 minutes) once the initial goals have been established. Each follow-up session will begin with a brief re-assessment but will focus primarily on treatment. The frequency and duration of treatment sessions can vary based on the severity and chronicity of your symptoms. Generally, you can expect anywhere from 1-6 sessions depending on your treatment goals.
Each session ends with a review of simple and effective self-care techniques so that you can nurture yourself through your personal healing process and create a deeper connection to your female center. Depending on your sensitivity and needs, external energetic healing may be indicated before internal work is incorporated into a treatment session.
What effects will I notice after a Holistic Pelvic Care™ session?
Women describe a greater sense of well-being in their core. They report feeling more relaxed, centered and supported, with improved sensation, increased libido, and increased strength in their pelvic muscles after receiving Holistic Pelvic Care™. Due to this therapy’s unique ability to revitalize a woman’s energetic center and increase blood flow within the pelvis, women often report significant improvements within a short number of sessions.
Is Holistic Pelvic Care™ painful?
No. Holistic Pelvic Care™ is gentle and respectful form of pelvic therapy that follows 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. Although Holistic Pelvic Care™ is gentle, the effects are profound.