V-Steams for Body Positivity

V-Steams for Body Positivity

There is beautiful and subtle revolution in fostering body acceptance and body positivity at a group V-Steam.
I am a v- steam facilitator. V-steaming is a seated pelvic sauna using herb infused steam directed toward the vulva and pelvic floor. By nature this is a deeply personal experience revolving around anatomy that many view as mysterious and hard to understand.
The female pelvic floor is soft yet strong. She is unbelievably powerful in her ability to open and deliver a child, yet kept veiled, quiet and wrapped for decency- Even in women only spaces. As Women, we struggle with our bodies endlessly. struggle to find the information to understand our flow, deciding alone what is normal, healthy and good about our bodies, struggle to find ways to make our natural scent acceptable. Struggle to comprehend wether our discharge is proper, meets criteria for promoting fertility and then find a way to not be grossed out by it.
Enter the V-steam party. This is a one room studio set with 3-4 steam seats. Arriving together, you complete intakes and discuss health goals amongst your party.
Preparing to steam requires transition from street clothes to a hand tied sarong or bath robe. Your facilitator demonstrates tying the sarong and leaves the room to allow for privacy.
Women of a certain age or experience seem to rarely care about states of undress in the company of other women. They have been exposed for medical interventions, childbirth, breast feeding. These women set the tone for body acceptance and radical self love.
Groups of acquaintances and coworkers present moments of challenge to the open arena of women secured modesty. Someone is often shy, or didn’t realize that they needed to undress to participate.
Getting seated, getting comfortable. You sit on a stool over an aperture for steam to rise through. Raise the skirt of your sarong, placing the vulva at the steam opening. Well rounded women with thicker thighs may need to spread their legs wider to allow the steam to reach its destination. Women with a larger booty shift to find the right level of seated support while accessing the steam. The women with pelvic inflammation bare their bellies to place a castor oil pack and hot water bottle.
Temperatures fluctuate and bodies need adjustments for comfort. Some of us like it Hot Hot Hot!!! While others may prefer cooler climates.In these transitions we may glimpse more of our group than anticipated. This is sacred women’s space, healing space, its a closed safe room free of prying eyes. Those more comfortable try to soothe ladies off the edge of discomfort and into the calm waters of healing solidarity.
This is a beautiful moment in the facilitation where participants begin to lead others. Helping them carry the weight of their shame to the ritual and unpack it with kindness.
We talk about our health, our kids, our bodies after kids, our health revelations, our intimacy, our relationship to and ownership style of feminine desire. Conversations unfold like a unpaved switchback road leading up a mountain. The terrain is bumpy, the topics jostle briskly and emotions shift like gears, women steer the group expertly reading each other to gauge support needed, and the amount of levity to infuse.
Our tiger striped stretch marks are exposed, we see dimpled skin, our c-section scars are shown off, that linea negra is proudly out front and center, we laugh at the mention of sweat building on our chunky thighs. This is the embrace of the feminine form.
This moment is gorgeous for we are all beautiful and showing love to the body here regardless of our status and presentation as a young fit femme, androgynous non binary, hard butch lesbian, and soft robustly spreading grandmother.
Subtle revolutions break down barriers we didn’t know where holding us back.
V-steams are available with Jennifer at South Philly Wellness as private sessions or in small groups of 3 women.
Larger groups in the Philadelphia area may book a V-Steam party to serve up to 20 women at your preferred location. Call 215-301-3072 to reserve your date today.
DIY V-Steam kits may be ordered online or by phone. $16.00 for steam herbs and instruction guide to provide two home steams. 215-301-3072 www.sphillywellness.com
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