Musings on women's health, sexuality, and empowerment.

Smiling Sun

By Chaya Aronson | July 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Smiling Sun

Tomorrow will be four weeks since I have given birth to my Sun! I am healing from major blood loss, a second degree vaginal tear, and the emotional loss of not being able to hold him for ten whole minutes after he emerged. I am healing well, and feeling the bliss and joy of this…

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Bless That Belly: Self Massage for the Pregnant Belly

By Chaya Aronson | March 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Bless That Belly: Self Massage for the Pregnant Belly

What a gift and a blessing to feel life growing within! Unfortunately, with this gift, comes some physical discomfort; anxiety related to upward pressure from the baby onto the diaphragm, heartburn, indigestion, round ligament pain, to name a few. We are acculturated to believe that we must live with these discomforts as part of the…

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Shake it, Baby! ~ Bellydance in Pregnancy

By Chaya Aronson | January 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Shake it, Baby! ~ Bellydance in Pregnancy

Bellydance originated as a ritual Middle Eastern dance that woman shared to celebrate one another and their bodies, and to prepare for childbirth.  The performance aspect now commonly associated with bellydance came much later.  As a bellydance instructor, Chaya integrates her knowledge of the pelvic floor, uterine ligaments and reproductive systems with the performance elements…

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Continuum Concept

By Chaya Aronson | January 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Continuum Concept

Welcome to Chaya’s blog. I figure now is as good a time as any to start writing about my reflections and experiences of pregnancy. I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time! I just read a book called Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff. It knocked my socks off. I had the…

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By Chaya Aronson | September 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Anxiety

How can Maya Abdominal Massage alleviate anxiety? Many people consider this work, “uterine massage”. It is that, but it is so much more. The pelvic work, and I say “pelvic” instead of “uterine” because when we practice it with women, it is uterine work, but men can receive this work with great benefit as well.…

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Frequent Urination and Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

By Chaya Aronson | January 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Frequent Urination and Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

Many women come to see me for menstrual issues, and concurrently have bladder issues. Either they have frequent urination, recurrent bladder infections, or a condition called Interstitial Cystitis. Often times these symptoms occur because the uterus is tilted and applying excess pressure to the bladder, creating a situation where the bladder cannot hold as much…

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Painful Menses and Painful Ovulation

By Chaya Aronson | January 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Painful Menses and Painful Ovulation

Many women have pain during menses or pain during ovulation. Menstruation is a cyclical process that is governed by the anterior pituitary gland. If we think of this gland as a messenger, and the ovaries and uterus as the location to which the message be sent, we like to envision the path for the messenger…

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Tilted Uterus

By Chaya Aronson | December 30, 2011 | Comments Off on Tilted Uterus

Many women are told, casually, by their gynecologists that they have a “tilted uterus”, and that this is “normal”. It is, in fact, so common, that many anatomy and physiology textbook illustrations picture the uterus in a forward tilt. The forward tilt, anteverted, is the most common uterine malposition, though there are others, including retroverted,…

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