vaginal steaming is an ancient practice


Peri Steam Hydrotherapy/Vaginal Steaming

Vaginal steaming is an ancient practice survived by women and water. Vaginal steaming is not only skincare, it is self-care as it nourishes, tones, and brings fresh oxygenated blood to the uterus. This heated herbal hydrotherapy treatment is used for pelvic health and well-being by activating Marma Points (mystic points that open the inner pharmacy of the body) so the body can achieve homeostasis. Steaming supports and stimulates blood flow by creating a warming, revitalizing, soothing and relaxing experience. This in turn helps to open and release the tension held in the pelvic floor and vagina. Vaginal Steaming is a simpler way to purify and cleanse the lower burner during all phases of a women’s cycle except during pregnancy (when it is contraindicated) combining different healing elements like herbs, water and heat. The water vapor carries the medicinal benefits of the plants and is absorbed into the vaginal tissue. 

 

Benefits of Steaming

The enhanced healing of vaginal steaming has many benefits, that are both physical and emotional. It is known to help treat painful and irregular menstruation, uterine fibroids, uterine weakness, prolapse, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, reproductive adhesion and scar tissue. Steaming has potential to enhance fertility and bring moisture to the skin when dealing with vaginal dryness. Most importantly it helps heal the connection of the womb with the earth by using all of the elements to bring life force back to the sacred gate of a woman's body.

 

 

Postpartum Healing

Vaginal steaming is a universal practice with the most common use of it used for postpartum recovery. Studies show it helps to expel the lochia, placenta, and soothe suture pain while helping the uterus shrink below the pelvic bone, and returning the vulva to its pre-pregnancy state. Almost every culture in the world has a history of womb steaming that pays special attention to the postpartum period, which lasts for approximately 6-8 weeks. The Maya would use 'Bajos' or womb baths especially during postpartum. They would dig dirt out from a small hole in the earthen ground and fill the hole with herbs, flowers and warm water. Kneeling over this would provide relief from the pain and discomfort after giving birth; specifically hemorrhoids, excessive bleeding and inflammation. Vaginal steaming is the essential self-care practice to bring physical and emotional stability back into the body and the primitive societies understood this.

Postpartum is a sacred window of time that transforms a maiden to mother. In a physical sense her body is not the same and neither is her yoni. Part of healing during this time means assessing the trauma experienced at birth. At least 34% of women experience birth trauma and are left without the tools to deal with it. From unwanted cervical checks to a forced episiotomy, modern women are suffering from a serious fracture in their innate capabilities to give life and sustenance back to themselves after a life altering and traumatizing experience. By prioritizing self-care and opening up to the wisdom of her vagina, a woman has the ability to heal birth trauma using the art of steaming.

Sisterhood

Traditionally speaking steaming was a part of the sisterhood. A culture of sharing respectable feminine care practices in an intimate group with other women. This is where knowledge of female anatomy, and reproductive health and wellness was learned, integrated and valued. Women understood the importance of hydrotherapy and that the vaginal microbiome is closely tied to hormones. This notion reflects the internal/external environmental care which is why the use of specific herbs remedy certain imbalances within the body. Proper use of plant medicine, understanding of the moon phases and women's cycles made for better attunement and transformation.

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