Musings on women's health, sexuality, and empowerment.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More