Healing Therapies Explained
What is sexual health and intimacy?
Sexual health is a major area of human function that is a grossly under addressed aspect of health; and it is one that so many people struggle with. You may have a concern about your sexual health and have no idea how to address it or how to bring it up to your healthcare provider. You may also wonder if your provider will respond in a supportive way. This fear is common and well-founded. Healthy dialogue about sex is difficult to come by and is often an ignored subject all together. When it does come up, many providers are not very well equipped to manage it. It is Janelle’s mission to help change this by using two approaches. 1. Educate healthcare providers and the community to bring awareness to our personal biases around sex, to provide education and helpful strategies to engage in healthy and supportive dialogue. This will create trust in the patient/provider relationship, faciliate appropriate referrals, cultivate collaboration among healthcare professionals and result in higher quality of care and better outcomes for our clients and patients. 2. To create a safe, nurturing and empowering space for individually guided support around sexual health and intimacy.
Sex is an ADL or Activity of Daily Living and a very important one! It can bring joy and pleasure to our lives. It can give us a sense of self. It can relieve stress. It bonds us with others and it is the pathway for reproduction. It can also be very confusing and become a source of emotional and physical distress. Sexual expression and sexual activity are a part of who we are as humans. Janelle is an expert at approaching a person holistically then breaking down barriers to identify where a problem may be coming from and then provides treatment, resources, and support to help you achieve your unique personal goals.
You may encounter obstacles that hinder sexual activity while recovering from a physical injury or illness or perhaps adapting to a permanent life changing event. Additionally, depression, anxiety, stress, and pain may be factors that affect sexual participation and desire. Perhaps you are having difficulty maintaining intimacy, healthy communication and connection with your partner. Some may want to explore themselves as an individual sexual being. Janelle provides open, non-judgmental dialogue and compassionate support to all who seek it, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, or socioeconomic status.
Note: Janelle has an ethical and professional obligation to stay within the Occupational Therapy scope of practice. If needed, an appropriate referral will be provided.
What is abdominal therapy?
The abdominal therapy method that Janelle uses was developed by the work and teachings of Rosita Arvigo. Abdominal therapists and those who have received abdominal therapy report that many common symptoms are alleviated by these techniques and organ functions are supported and enhanced. Abdominal therapy may improve symptoms of painful or irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, cysts and fibroids, scar tissue, displaced or prolapsed pelvic organs such as bladder or uterus, endometriosis, fertility challenges, menopausal symptoms, and digestive issues
Abdominal therapy is offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness, and is not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider first.
Reflexology is an energetic and gentle healing method focusing on the hands, feet and face to access the systems of the body, body structures and tissues to promote energetic balance, healing from within and relaxation. The client will be clothed throughout treatment.
Reiki an energetic healing method using gentle touch on or close to the body with a focus on chakra clearing, balance and relaxation. Reiki can be performed on areas of restriction, disease or injury throughout the body. The client will be clothed throughout treatment.
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
Pelvic muscle weakness, dysfunction, and pain are very common among both men and women and unfortunately, is not a very openly discussed topic. Please know that you are not alone and there is help! Pelvic floor therapy can improve or resolve your symptoms! Common pelvic floor issues may include ‘stress’ incontinence, meaning you leak urine with coughing, sneezing, lifting, jumping, etc. ‘Urge’ incontinence, means you have a strong urge to urinate and may leak urine when making your way to the restroom, for example. Some may experience both. Many women experience pelvic organ prolapse or shifting of organs/tissue from their original location. There are also various types of pelvic pain such as endometriosis, pelvic area scar tissue from C-section, other surgeries, episiotomy or tearing during child birth, nerve pain and pain with intercourse or sexual activity. The health of your pelvic floor muscles and tissues, the surrounding muscles that support this area, your emotional health, and digestion can make a big impact on your overall pelvic floor health and function.
What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
OT’s help their clients find or restore meaningful activity, balance and satisfaction in life. An OT focuses on an individuals unique physical, social and emotional well-being.
Perhaps you suffer from muscle tension, weakness and poor posture after spending so much time in less than ideal positions like driving, hunched over a desk, computer or phone, or caring for others. Maybe you are recovering from an injury, surgery or serious illness or perhaps adapting to a permanent life changing event such as an amputation, mastectomy, or menopause. Janelle can help you set goals, and provide strategies and treatments to help you find relief, heal and feel your best.