When the pelvic bowl is healthy, flexible, full of life-energy and free of obstructions in the tissue and muscles, a woman will feel radiant and she will naturally have a shine to her appearance radiating from the inside-out.
However, as we go through life with all her ups and downs, tension gets stored in the body. Women are not always aware of the, sometimes hidden, problems in their pelvic area. As these problems arise slowly, over time, women can have the tendency to accept things like; pain during intercourse, feeling nothing or hardly anything at all or experiencing a lack of sexual energy as “normal”. Many seemingly small complaints like occasional urine loss, dryness or pain in the vulva area are sometimes seen as “part of the deal” of getting older and nothing to make a fuss about.
How and why is tension stored in the body?
Tension can get stored in the body due to a physical and/or emotional stressor.
The physical layer:
Physical stress can develop due to heavy physical activity, wrong posture, pregnancy and giving birth, surgery or repetitive movements. This kind of stress has an effect on the muscles and fascia of the pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor muscles: In some women, the muscles in their pelvic floor are hypertonic (too tight) which causes problems like chronic pelvic pain, numbness or pain during intercourse or vaginismus. Also unexplained chronic lower back/hip pain and/or constipation problems could be due to a hypertonic pelvic floor. Other women have a hypotonic pelvic floor (too weak) that can contribute to problems like stress incontinence or organ prolapse. Most women however, have a combination of both…
Fascia: The fascia is connected to the muscles in the pelvic area. It is an interwoven system of fibrous connective tissue, and found throughout the body. Fascia provides a framework that helps support and protect the entire body as a unit, as well as serving a role in the immune system. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. But the fascia can become tight or restricted through stress.
When the fascia is restricted, it will pull on the muscles and cause trigger points in the muscle tissue. This can also cause problems like an uneasy, tight feeling in the pelvic area, pain during sex, feelings of disconnection from the pelvis, painful cramps during menstruation or orgasms that are experienced as being painful.
The emotional layer:
Your body has a memory of its own;
Going through life, we all experience things like; failure, disappointments, fear, suffering, sexual harassment, sudden loss of a loved one, illnesses, accidents etc. All these experiences, when not expressed or released properly can get stored in the body.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment happens all too often, be it at home, during childhood or later in life. All these traumatic experiences become locked in the body. Trauma of this kind is mostly stored in the pelvic area. This kind of wounding often leads to difficulty in setting boundaries in all aspects of life and/or difficulties with relationships. Also, this pain and trauma can have a devastating effect on the general wellbeing and the whole experience of life.
“Your body is your subconscious mind” -Candice Pert-
Dr. Candace Pert, a neuroscientist and pharmacologist, discovered that our glands, organs, tissues and cells are storage places for emotions and memory. She claims: “Your body is your subconscious mind”. In her studies she found evidence that explained the strong body-mind connection and that emotions have an effect on our well-being. For more background information you can check out her book: “Molecules of Emotion”.
So, all in all, as we move through life, stress has a tendency to build up in our system. Luckily as humans we are a very adaptable species. We learn to live with all these issues and try to live our life around these problems, making the most out of every situation.
What if you were to learn that there is! a way you can live free from discomfort, in contact with your feminine body, whilst setting healthy boundaries as well as fully enjoying your sexuality, with the ability to express your full potential?
How is tension released?
During an IPT session internal massage is used to find restrictions of the fascia and muscles. These restrictions lead to muscular trigger points. Through alignment of the fascia and gentle internal trigger point massage the tissue gets soft and freed of restrictions. Stored emotions can now be released and expressed and at the same time the tissue gets aligned.
Through bodywork the pelvic floor and vagina can come back to their natural state. The healthy tissue allows for more flow and a higher awareness as well as a healthy muscle tension in the pelvic area. Women then have the ability to strengthen and also to relax the muscles in their pelvic bowl. This is the key to prevent problems due to a too tight and/or too weak pelvic floor, as mentioned above. There is no numbness or pain left in that area, women report to feel liberated and free. A sense of “coming home”.
The more we work with bodywork, the more we feel that “the issue is in the tissue” and needs to be addressed exactly there. This way old traumas can be resolved on a cellular level, allowing a more free and flowing life.