My Journey in Healing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
At first, I treated this the way most women do. I sought advice and treatment from medical professionals, my midwife, and a physical therapist. Each one with a different plan for treatment; hormone cream, Kegels, avoid heavy lifting. None of it helped. My symptoms worsened day by day.
It was time to get serious. I called on all my resources and treated myself as a client. Finally, my symptoms stopped getting worse… then I started to get better. Then, every day, things got better. Not completely better, but able-to-enjoy-life-again better. I was able to reclaim my life and my sense of femininity.
How do you help pelvic floor issues holistically?
I offer holistic pelvic floor therapy in Easthampton, MA or online worldwide via Zoom.
For pelvic floor therapy, I employ various techniques, inspired by a combination of powerful and effective traditional and modern healing arts. Guided by my experience and your needs, we choose the best tools for where you are right now
Healing begins when you understand that pelvic floor problems are not restricted to this one part of your body. General body tension, emotional stress, how you engage with life, how you walk, stand, or sit, or having too flexible joints can all worsen your pelvic floor condition. We look at your body and mind holistically… You as a whole person.
It is also crucial to gently experience the ways your pelvic floor and related tissues actually work and support you all day long. No matter what your condition there is positive function. Building upon this positive function improves how your muscles work and gives you an easier, better posture that takes strain away from the pelvic floor.
Learning about and experiencing your own movement has been proved to lower stress and relieve pain. When engaged with the respect and nurturing it needs, your pelvic floor becomes resilient and you gain emotional strength.
With holistic pelvic floor therapy I am present with you in a transparent, compassionate, and vital way as you discover:
- How to recondition your pelvic floor and prevent or slow lower organ prolapse.
- How to correct common movements that aggravate your pelvic floor problems.
- Ways to identify and receive habits of stress that make pelvic problems worse.
- True chest and pelvic diaphragmatic breathing that build support in muscles, ligaments, hips and sacrum
- Principles of hypopressive breathing so you can strengthen your pelvic floor from the tissue above.
- Whole-body movement integration to improve your posture and reduce stress.
- The stabilizing force of your tail bone in your pelvic floor
- Pelvic floor improvement through the relationships between your jaw, your feet, your head and your pelvic floor.
- Connective tissue support for your organs.
"After working with hundreds of women with pelvic floor dysfunction, I now think of the pelvic floor as a metaphor for the resilience of women.
Even if it feels like you have tried everything, with the right tools, you CAN affect your body and mind and live fully once again."
- Donna Brooks
How is this different from other pelvic floor therapy courses?
Many pelvic floor therapy courses focus on Kegels and strength, but this is not the whole story. If you look at the pelvic floor in isolation to the rest of your body, there is a limit to how much you can achieve. Nothing in the body works in isolation. I offer a whole body-mind approach.
I offer a whole body, whole mind course of action. What is happening to your pelvic floor is not independent of your posture, gait, and stress, so it is important that you address your pelvic floor as part of a whole.
I look at how you walk, how you breathe and how you move. We look at how your body and mind work and rebuild the foundations.
My approach also addresses your autonomic nervous system.You may have noticed that stress makes your symptoms worse! This is because your muscles actually grip your body for intense physical action when you stress. You can reprogram your brain so meet life with more ease and this alone will help relieve symptoms.
What is possible in this format is far greater than any focus on strength alone. I look forward to working with you. This is very sensitive work, I know, but we can talk about pain, incontinence, aging, sex, hormonal shifts, movement restrictions and fear in a safe and non-judgmental way.
Also, many people are not doing Kegels in the right way; some may need to avoid Kegels altogether.
Read what students have had to say:
“I love Donna. She explains well. She’s non judgmental and she gives ideas on how to move no matter what one’s limitations are.”
"I feel so much more empowered in helping my situation.”
“Donna's emphasis on how the pelvic floor is related to the movement of the whole body and integrated with breathing and overall ease of being as a game changer”
“Donna offers a well of knowledge and ability to teach from her heart.”
Frequently Asked Questions
It can be - it depends. If you are unsure, please contact me to discuss your specific situation. Then, if we decide I am a good fit, you can check with your doctor before we proceed.