An integrated approach to women’s health is paramount. I recognise the value of both conventional medicine and complementary alternatives, rather than just one or the other. My background reflects the integrated approach I adopt with my clients.
My training in becoming a doctor has given me a very valuable and necessary perspective on women’s health, and health in general. During my training I was acutely aware, as a number of doctors are, about the gaps within the current system where patients fall through when their health problems are difficult to address. I found this to be the case where women were seeking relief from the more longer-term, chronic conditions.
It is important to note, that whilst I am able to bring a greater understanding to pelvic health from a conventional medical standpoint, I am unable to provide a medical-based service for you. In addition to receiving pelvic care, I encourage clients to access their medical services prior, or in addition to pelvic care treatments where appropriate.
I approach every client and their needs individually. Whether you need treatment for pelvic pain, healing from abuse/trauma or simply want to increase your pelvic floor strength and tone your vagina for greater sexual pleasure, an individual care plan will be designed for you.
In order for a client to gain the greatest amount of tone in their pelvic muscles, the greatest amount of healing from a physical health complaint or transformation from an emotional event, a client’s awareness of their pelvis is key to all of the services I provide, and I support clients in reaching past a fix-it mentality in order to reap the benefits of greater health and wellbeing in their pelvis.
My approach is rooted in a strong appreciation and respect for conventional medicine and more holistically based mind-body approaches. I accept referrals from professionals as well as referring clients to other healthcare providers when necessary.
I empower clients and encourage active participation in their own health where my aim is to bring relief from symptoms with a goal to address the root cause. I will give you recommendations and a variety of tools for you to enhance your own health and wellbeing yourself.
The 3 components to a session
What makes my approach different, as mentioned above, is the integration of three key components that aim to ease symptoms as well address the root cause:
1. Internal Pelvic Therapy
Uses techniques used by some women’s health physiotherapists; trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and gentle internal massage to enhance pelvic floor muscle strength and enhance vaginal health. These techniques work very physically with the musculature and tissues of the pelvis. Incorporates dilator treatment for vaginismus and ante-natal perineal massage for labour preparation.
2. Acupressure & Shiatsu
Helen is a shiatsu practitioner and brings a comprehensive understanding of the intricate meridian system as used by acupuncturists as well as the simplicity of zen shiatsu which introduces a grounded basis for treatments. The targeted use of acupressure points, ancient medical eastern theory and an understanding of and ability to work with the whole body, allows for a more holistic approach to health problems.
3. Body-Centered Dialogue
Conventional treatments often forget about the mind’s ability to impact on physical health, and alternative treatments often place too little focus on the benefit of physical-based therapies. The talking and dialogue techniques used in sessions are gentle yet focused, helping to integrate all three of the components that make up a session. It is a body-centered approach used during physical treatments to assist the client in taking an active role in their health and integrating the body, emotions and the mind.