Sacred Self Care 

 A series of deeply nourishing  practices

to enrich your life!

artwork "Aquarian Rebirth" by Robyn Chance  www.robynchance.com

 

 

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. 

Caring for myself is an act of survival. "

~ Andre Lorde

The Sacred Self Care series of sessions is designed to offer you an in-depth guided exploration of new practices, tools, and techniques that you can incorporate into your regular self-care routine. 

 

Sessions may be scheduled independently or as a series. 

Registering for the full series is strongly encouraged. Each of these topics will build upon one another, deepening your connection to your body, breath, and energy centers. 

"Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and

you are worth the effort.”

~Deborah Day

 Breast Massage

Breast health is a vital component on the path to total wellbeing. Unfortunately, in many healing practices, this part of the body is often overlooked. Breast massage is one of the most effective and nourishing ways to stimulate your lymphatic system, maintain healthy breast tissue and musculature, and to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually after disease or surgery. 

  • Flush toxins through the lymphatic system – When healthy movement of the lymphatic fluid becomes restricted – whether from compromised health, surgeries, restrictive clothing like bras, or even tense posture – toxins can accumulate and lead to disease. Exercise is effective at pumping lymph fluid around every part of the body – except the breast. Breast massage clears the lymphatic channels and ensures any toxins in the breast have a pathway to leave the body.

  • Reduce pain – When lymph fluid accumulates in one area, it affects the whole system, causing potential pain and swelling throughout the body. By opening up the lymph channels, breast massage helps to reduce pain not only in the breast, but the entire body.

  • Improve range of motion – Breast massage includes muscle release techniques to open up the shoulders and chest. In those who have had breast surgeries, this can restore range of motion that has been often severely restricted. This is also extremely beneficial for anyone who regularly sits at a desk, drives a car, or works at a computer.

  • Increase the flow of Prana/Breath – In Ayurveda, Prana is the vital energy that gives life to all beings. When the flow of Prana is restricted, we may experience symptoms such as fatigue, unhappiness, or illness. Breast massage provides the vital function of opening up the flow of Prana in the chest, gently removing energetic blocks around the heart that might otherwise remain unaddressed.

 

 Abdominal Massage 

 "If a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is she," ~ Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya Shaman of Belize

Midwives and healers of Central America believe that a woman's center is her uterus, and that most female troubles are caused by the "wandering womb". When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body.

Optimally, the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate the swelling go menstruation, a growing fetus inside, and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. But commonly the ligaments and muscles weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.A uterus in any of these positions is called tilted or prolapsed. Modern medicine has little or nothing to offer women with this problem. Options may include using the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery and women are generally told, "your uterus is tipped, but that is normal and don't worry about it."

Well, it's not normal, and there is something you can do about it! This  laundry list of physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with simple, noninvasive massage techniques. By shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and for pain-less menstruation and intercourse. 

Yoni Steaming 

A Yoni Steam, or vaginal steam, is the ancient practice of sitting over a steaming pot of water infused with herbs.

This practice is a powerful ally for women with benefits including:

  • increased fertility + reproductive health

  • regulation of menstrual cycle

  • reduction of menstrual cramping and bloating

  • reduces hot flashes in post-menopausal women

  • calms the nervous system 

  • heals damaged tissues

  • cleanses the spirit and the mind

  • tones uterine and cervical muscles

  • cleans and calm the tissues and spirit after a miscarriage 

  • helps keep the body warm postpartum (very important!)

  • helps with vaginal dryness + circulation for peri-menopausal and menopausal women

  • soothes + relaxes pelvic floor (helps with pain during intercourse)

  • Plus, you feel like queen sitting on her throne!

Heat is medicine for the feminine body. Where cold causes contraction, heat supports opening and release. The moist heat softens the womb and the tissues, increases vital blood flow and supports your womb in releasing any stagnant blood that may have built up.

Coffee Enemas 

Toxins are everywhere. They’re in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. As such, it’s crucial that we help our bodies detoxify. Fortunately, coffee enemas are among the most effective methods of detoxing. Coffee enemas have historically been used to treat ailments ranging from cancer to depression. They are also known to:

  • Detoxify the blood and liver

  • Ease PMS symptoms, such as cramping and bloating

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Improve digestion

  • Banish Candida yeast

  • Boost Energy 

  • Contribute to hormone regulation

  • Improve mental clarity and focus

  • Reduce chronic pain and inflammation 

  • Improve skin health

When introduced to the colon, coffee is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the liver, promoting a beneficial increase in the production of glutathione, which is an antioxidant enzyme that plays a major role in driving toxins from the body. Detoxification of the liver, however, is only beneficial if the toxins have somewhere to go. Coffee enemas can actually stimulate the biliary ducts, causing them to open and release toxins into the intestinal tract for excretion. They support the body's detoxification process and gives the toxins somewhere to go. In short, a coffee enema is a great way to “take out the trash” and thoroughly refresh your body.

This session is an educational introduction to coffee enema's, as well as an individually guided enema experience,  including demonstrations on how to prepare the coffee, equipment used, how to administer, and guided  techniques for optimal cleansing and release. 

~Testimonials ~

Iona has been an anchor for me during a major transformational moment in my life-

one that has been long and arduous physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Her ability to process with me my past pain and trauma was both firmly straight forward and loving, and a significant contribution in my learning to let go.

At the same time, I was experiencing significant physical dis-ease, including a parasite and tapeworm that my body had been holding onto for a long time.

 

I made a decision to do a major cleanse that included a rotation of enemas, which I had never done before. Iona coached me through it and was literally there with me during my first coffee enema. She made me incredibly comfortable and at ease.

Since then, I have made significant progress and Iona has been a phenomenal

support system, cheerleader and co-pilot.

I am forever grateful for her!

~ BB

"With Iona's guidance I was able to communicate with my body and higher self and gain insight into how I can strengthen areas of my life that felt abandoned and far away.  With Iona as a witness I was able to be patient and make space for the deeper wounded parts of myself to come forward and see some light. 

I came away with tools I can use to strengthen my relationship with myself 

and self compassion. As a result of our time together I feel much for connected to the expansive qualities of my potential and of my life."

~ Sara

 

“If you don’t go after what you want,

you’ll never have it. 

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” 

~ Nora Roberts

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"Iona helped me to hear my inner guidance and be able to fully trust it. I was able to connect with and heal my child-self and to get in touch with dreams long forgotten. Since my session with her, my life has turned around in so many ways.

I’ve found my voice, confidence, and my sense of purpose.

I can now relax and trust in a way that has created such a sturdy foundation that I feel I can build almost anything upon! 

I will be going back and I recommend her to anyone!"

~ Myrriah

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,

but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

~ Maya Angelou

 

"Right away I felt at ease working with Iona.  She held space for me as I tapped in to deep parts of myself that I hadn't been able to reach on my own. 

She instantly tuned in to what I needed in the moment and held sacred and safe space for me throughout our session. Iona was loving and kind and she met me exactly where I was. I trust her as a partner and guide in navigating the 

deeper waters of my conditioning and beliefs." 

~ Sara

Pricing

Pick one Sacred Self Care session ~ 90 minutes ~  $155 

 

With Esalen Massage or Craniosacral Therapy ~ 2 hours ~  $222 

 

Combine two Sacred Self Care sessions ~ 3 hours ~  $333

Full series of four Sacred Self Care sessions

 90 minutes each, scheduled individually

 book together and save!

$555 (save $65) 

2 hours each, with Esalen Massage or Craniosacral Therapy

$777 (save $111) 

To schedule your session with Iona at her office in Boone, NC please email her at vibrantvesselwellness@gmail.com with your desired date and time and session length. 

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