My Journey in Healing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Hi, my name is Donna Brooks. I had a prolapse issue that worsened after each of my two pregnancies and menopause.
With over 35 years of experience in body work and yoga therapy, I usually feel confident that I can overcome any physical ailments that come my way. But this one was a challenge!
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 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, how you walk, stand, or sit, or having flexible joints can all worsen your pelvic floor condition. We look at your body and mind holistically… You as a whole person.
When treated with the respect and nurturing it needs, your pelvic floor becomes resilient and you gain emotional strength.
I am present with you in a transparent, compassionate, and vital way as you discover:
- How the natural movements of the pelvic floor should feel.
- How to recondition your pelvic floor and prevent or slow lower organ prolapse.
- The common movements that aggravate your pelvic floor problems.
- Breathing habits to build your body-mind awareness and balance strength and flexibility for your pelvic floor.
- How to relieve difficult urination or incontinence.
- Whole body movement integration to improve your posture and reduce stress.
- Your optimum healing potential using the natural elasticity of your pelvic diaphragm.
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 right approach for everyone. 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.
Also, many people should not do Kegels!
I offer a whole body, whole mind course. 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.
What is possible in this format is far greater than any focus on strength alone.
"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
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.
Yes! I teach experiential anatomy. Learn exercises that support your abdominals and pelvic floor structures. I teach expectant mothers about the muscles for proper posture, hip flexion, and how to avoid bearing down on the pelvic floor.
Many things can cause pelvic floor issues, including heavy lifting, straining during childbirth, bowel movements or chronic cough, weight gain, lifelong poor posture or from pelvic sagging that comes with age.
Also, from trauma such as episiotomies and tears from birthing that do not heal will.
I work with women who suffer from a range of symptoms including, but not limited to: incontinence, faecal constipation, rectal pain, pelvic spasms, diastasis, heaviness, and/or painful intercourse.
The pelvic floor should support your ability to move between strength and flexibility, boundaries and openness, effort, and relaxation.
For example: if you spend a lot of time clenching due to stress, you inhibit your breath and nervous system, which literally puts pressure on your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is very emotional. If we have concerns about aging, prolapse, episiotomies, many times we have a sense of feeling damaged as a woman. My approach to pelvic floor healing is with kindness, allowing the inherent feminine resilience.
With pelvic floor problems, how you approach the exercises can be as important as the exercises themselves. It is not about pushing through; it is an opportunity to let go and be present.
Embodiment therapy is a therapeutic method that allows for the integration of mind and body. This in turn helps you to have a real experience of your internal self.
Why is this important?
Well, this real time experience of your inner self creates a visceral awareness of your internal sensing.
Your internal sensing allows you to regulate your emotions AND prevent injuries and pain. It tunes your awareness into what your physical body needs before you have a problem.
Embodiment is the experience of being alive and aware; being in your body with qualities of ease and satisfaction.