Holistic Pelvic Care™

Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a gentle, internal pelvic bodywork pioneered by Portland’s own women’s health physical therapist, Tami Kent.

Just as our shoulders and back hold tension, our pelvic floor muscles also hold onto tension and stress. With all of the advances in medicine, routine women’s health still only consists of semi-annual pap smears and women are not usually reminded to give their pelvic bowl regular attention. While many women have experienced pain or discomfort in the area either postpartum or for a multitude of other reasons, there is a widespread lack of awareness both culturally and for many women individually. HPC can be a vital resource in addressing pelvic discomfort. As you may guess, this work may bring up varied emotional responses. This is considered normal for this work; however, we may provide you with a referral for co-treatment and support by additional healthcare providers including but not limited to acupuncture, counseling, or other treatment types. Any concerns you have in regards to your treatment plan should be directed to Dr. Herrst and any other provider caring for you.

Using a gentle intravaginal massage technique combined with restorative breathing techniques, works to realign your pelvis structurally and to aid in emotional balancing. This process can be of benefit for all stages of a woman’s life, helping to reestablish strength and synergy in the pelvic musculature, increase blood flow to the pelvic organs, and help decrease problematic symptoms.


Specific concerns address by Holistic Pelvic Care™:

  • Postpartum discomfort and recovery
  • Painful sexual activity, intercourse, or sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary leakage or incontinence
  • Chronic bladder or vaginal infections
  • Fertility support
  • Preparing for conception/pregnancy
  • Pelvic congestion
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menstrual pain
  • History of pelvic trauma or abuse
  • Healing after pregnancy loss or abortion

At your initial visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals for treatment and address any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Herrst will then provide an overview of your pelvic anatomy before beginning treatment with some basic external therapy. Then, once you are comfortable, internal therapy may become a part of your treatment plan.