What is a V-Steam?
V-steaming has been a part of indigenous medicine in many parts of the world for centuries: Africa, Asia and Central and South America all shae rich traditions of steaming that continue today. The tissues of the Vulva (what you see on the outside) and the Vagina (what can be felt on the inside) are composed of skin and mucous membranes. These delicate tissues are very permeable due to a rich concentration of blood vessels, allowing the benefits of the herbs to diffuse deeply. V-steaming is a simple, relaxing and enjoyable way to support the health of our female reproductive organs.
What types of pelvic symptoms may be addressed by V-Steams?
- Painful periods, heavy periods, clots
- Postpartum healing
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Recurrent yeast and bacterial infections
- Vaginal dryness, including while nursing and during menopause
What if I don’t have any symptoms?
Steaming gently cleanses the tissues and helps our bodies clear congestion or stagnation held in the pelvis. V-steaming is also a wonderful way to turn our attention towards the subtle workings of our root, and listen to what our body is communicating to us. Many women use steaming to address imbalances in their reproductive health, and to support healing from any kind of trauma or abuse. Some women enjoy the benefits of V-Steaming at the end of a relationship to both physically and symbolically cleanse and start anew.
What can I expect during a V-Steam session?
Before your appointment, I take a detailed history to help formulate a personalized herbal steaming blend. On the day of your appointment, I introduce you to the V-Steam setup and answer any questions. You then privately change into a drape and situate yourself on the unit. The drape opens to allow you to enjoy the benefits of the steam while keeping you completely covered. You can choose to listen to soothing music or a guided meditation during the 20-25 minute steam session. I recommend a mini-abdominal massage following your steam to allow you to fully integrate and enjoy the synergistic benefits of Maya Abdominal Therapy and V-Steams.
What effects will I notice after a V-Steam session?
After your session, plan to dress warmly, being careful for the next 24 hours to protect your entire body from cold drafts or sudden temperature changes.
Expect changes in your vaginal discharge and menstruation. These are normal cleansing reactions.
Ideally, allow yourself the space and time in your schedule to integrate the benefits of reconnecting with this sacred space. Many women report increased vitality, creativity and a deep sense of well-being.
How often is it recommended to steam?
- Seasonally or with life changes – come steam when you feel like it! Many women steam monthly, or every few months as they feel drawn to it. Steams can also be a great way to turn inward and support our body’s processes when we are going through life changes.
- Flora imbalance – 1x per week when you are not menstruating helps your body detoxify and regain balance.
- Endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, cysts or fibroids – 1-4x a month encouraging your body to resolve irregular cell growth.
- Heavy periods, Painful periods- steaming up to 3x in the week before your period can help open the cervix, remove old stagnant blood buildup and release your menses more easefully
- Preparing to conceive (but not actively trying) – steam 1-3x a month to support detoxification
- Trying to conceive – steaming prior to ovulation can help increase and liquefy cervical mucous to create optimal conditions for the passage of sperm. If you are in a natural cycle, steam once within a few days after your period, and then once just before ovulation but before intercourse (we don’t want to heat up the sperm).
- Before IUI or IVF – steaming the morning of your procedure helps to soften cervical mucus and open the uterus, encouraging a successful procedure.
- Post-partum – home steams can begin in the days following giving birth. Steaming 1-3x a month for the first 3 months after vaginal birth supports the health and tone of pelvic tissues as you heal. V-steams also help revitalize the root after an attempted vaginal birth that resulted in a cesarean.
- Peri-menopause – monthly steams while your body is going through this powerful transition can help your uterus release held emotion or stagnant blood
- Post-menopause – quarterly steams keep the vaginal tissues supple and toned, and more frequent steaming can be utilized if you experience uncomfortable dryness.
Are there times when V-steaming is not appropriate?
V-steaming is not appropriate in the following situations:
- During pregnancy
- If you have an active undiagnosed vaginal infection
- If you have open sores or broken skin, including herpes outbreak
- If you are using a medicinal cream, including hormone, steroid and antibiotic creams please contact the office prior to your appointment for instructions