Is Integral Pelvic Therapy® (IPT®) the same as de-armouring or yoni release?
No, the way of working is not the same as de-armouring or yoni release. De-armouring addresses only trigger points, while in the work of IPT trigger points will be found through alignment of the fascia. Also, the focus with de-armouring lays in emotional release. Although there is a layer of emotional release in IPT, a big part of the work is to find and dissolve tension patterns to restore the pelvic balance. Further, IPT works with a very soft touch while with de-armouring (often) more pressure is used. IPT has shown to be effective with more complicated medical/ gynaecological issues. People may come to IPT at the end of a medical road when they heard they “had to learn to live with their discomfort”, finally finding relief and healing. Further, a big difference from de-armouring and yoni release is that through pelvic care, visualisation techniques are being used while providing internal work. These techniques are, amongst others, based on the teachings of Tami Lynn Kent.
Is an IPT session safe?
Yes, to receive a Integral Pelvic Therapy session is safe. IPT is developed by Daphne van der Putten and Mariëtte Frits. Daphne is a midwife specialized in complicated births, with many years of experience and extensive knowledge of the female body. All IPT Practitioners are specifically trained for this work. An thorough intake will take place before the session; that way you and the practitioner can know if pelvic work is right for you. In case IPT is not suitable for you (at this moment), we will look and find what will serve you best at this moment in time.
Another key element of safety in IPT sessions is Embodied Consent. This means that you, as the client, will always be guided into finding your true yes and your true no. This way the treatment will stay within the limits of your boundaries and safety zone, creating a healthy and fruitful environment for release and healing.
What if I’m pregnant?
If you are pregnant IPT sessions can still be very beneficial. In this case to ensure optimum safety for you and your child we refer you to the IPT Practitioners that are also qualified as a midwife; at the moment that is Martine Boerma, Flo Jolydelotbiniere, Aster Hermans and Kristel Winters. 12 weeks after giving birth, it can also be very beneficial to have pelvic work done; this can be provided by any certified IPT Practitioner. Although we are convinced this work can benefit birth, note there is no scientific prove of this statement (yet). At all times we will work with utmost care, love and skills; creating the best possible outcome for you and your baby. However, we can not be held responsible for any outcome that might with your birth.
What effects may I notice after Integral Pelvic Therapy?
We often hear back that people have a feeling of awareness and a sense of well-being in their core, while before this area felt “not alive”, numb or hardly sensitive. The body can suddenly feel pleasurable and even sensations of orgasmic states can occur. These orgasmic states are very different from the well known peak orgasms, which of course are fine, but makes the tissue senseless when rubbed with too much aggression. After pelvic care sessions, people report to feel more relaxed and in their centre. On a clinical level, pelvic work increases blood flow, energy flow and more strength in the pelvic muscles. Also the symptoms of pelvic issues may be partially or totally relieved.
Is an IPT session painful?
The pelvic massage is gentle and respectful, following the lead of the body. The pressure is soft, compared with the pressure one could give on the eyeballs. Although IPT is gentle, the pressure might feel more harsh due to the stored emotions in the tissue. The response of the body and its consent, guides the depth and direction of this hands-on work.
What types of pelvic symptoms may be addressed by IPT?
Any pelvic imbalance might benefit from a hands- on pelvic care treatment, so if you suffer from;
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic trauma
- Lack of sexual drive
- Unexplained pain in the pelvic area
- Unexplained (lower) back complaints or tailbone pain
- Unintended urine loss
- Feelings of guilt or shame
More specific issues encountered by people with an anatomic male pelvis:
- Erectile issues
- Pain in the penis
- Pain in the scrotum
- Prostate problems
- Trauma due to sexual abuse
- Fertility problems
- Painful tissue after operations in the pelvic area (Vasectomy)
More specific issues encountered by people with an anatomic female pelvis:
- Heavy menstrual pain
- Uterus / bladder prolapse
- Chronic inflammations of the vulva
- Trauma due to sexual abuse
- Traumatic delivery
- Fertility problems
- Painful/numb scar tissue after giving birth or Caesarean section
Then you have come to the right place! Integral Pelvic Therapy is designed to help you to restore the natural balance in your pelvis.
So far, with IPT, we have helped many people reconnect with their pelvis. People suffering from vaginismus that are now able to enjoy sex without pain or discomfort. People feeling more grounded and centred; experiencing a sense of “homecoming”; more in touch with their core!
Men report to feel stronger, to be more in contact with their true longings and wishes. They experience a newfound ability to set goals and express healthy boundaries.
I suffered sexual abuse; can IPT help me?
Often people find healing with IPT sessions after they have experienced sexual abuse. In this delicate field IPT is highly effective as the body (and specifically the tissue of the pelvis) holds the memories of these traumatic events. Talking as a form of therapy is very valuable and we recommend you see a specialized therapist to address this issue. However, very often the physical core of the issue remains untouched and it is through IPT bodywork that the body can start to release and heal old traumas.
I am undergoing or have undergone a sex-change operation; can IPT help me?
First of all: however you identify; be it as a man, woman, transgender, gender-fluid, gay, lesbian or anything else, please know that if you have a pelvis and you suffer from any of the issues
Having undergone a sex-changing operation it can be quite a challenge to get to know and enjoy your new anatomy. Integral Pelvic Therapy can help in releasing the tension caused by the scars, helping you to get emotionally and physically more connected to your new pelvis. It can certainly be a very helpful tool in learning to embrace the new you.
What if I am having my moontime/period?
It is not a problem at all to receive a IPT session when you are in your moontime. It is important that you feel comfortable about this yourself but rest assured that for the IPT Practitioner, this is completely fine.