What My Clients Say about me
Happy dry girl!
I am sixty three years old and came to Essential Pelvic Health with a problem that had started two years previously. Every time I coughed, laughed or hollered (I do that a lot while sorting cattle from atop my horse), I was leaking urine! I have been doing kegel’s since my teens and they weren’t stopping the flow even a little. After two years of this I was unhappily resigned to wearing maxi pads for the rest of my life. The very first time I was examined by Laura Rowan, she discovered that my pelvic floor muscles were clenched tightly and I had to learn to release them. They were making my kegels backfire!
With Laura’s help I’ve turned the whole situation around. I no longer spring leaks or have to pad myself to avoid embarrassment.
I heartily endorse and am deeply appreciative of Laura Rowan and Essential Pelvic Health. You changed my life and I’m so glad you moved to the Berkshires!
I came to Laura after decades of severe pelvic floor tension, which was affecting all my abdominal organ systems and my overall quality of life. Although I had had prior “pelvic floor PT” with other providers, it was clear from my first appointment with Laura that her expertise and sophistication far surpassed my prior providers’. In particular, her knowledge, skill, and compassion in treating constipation and other GI-related symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction have truly changed my life for the better. I have also found Laura to be endlessly curious, resourceful, determined, and inventive in understanding and addressing whatever symptoms and obstacles arose during treatment — such a gift when addressing intimate and often misunderstood physical challenges. We are so fortunate to have this quality of care in our area now. Thank you, Laura!
I’ve been seeing Laura for a weekly Pelvic Therapy session for about a month now. I discovered her after years of excruciatingly painful and debilitating menstrual cramps, which in recent years had evolved into discomfort & pain during intercourse as well as during gyno visits, frequent urination, and just a general realization that there was a complete numbness and disconnection from my pelvic region. Basically if the sensation wasn’t painful, I felt nothing. A sort of heartbreaking emptiness, lack of sexual desire, feelings of brokenness.
Though I feel I have a lot more work to do with her, I wanted to share this beautiful insight and breakthrough that I had after just our second session:
Last night after our session, I felt this sort of peace wash over me. It was interesting, I was exhausted but yet at the same time it felt energizing to actually be able to experience sensations in my lady bits that weren’t painful and actually quite pleasant! I had an awareness of movement, blood circulation, warmth, tingles. I felt inspired and like a piece of me that’d been long asleep was slowly beginning to wake up.
This morning, and during the day today, I felt more motivated to accomplish tasks. Overall I’m sensing this sort of empowerment blossoming inside of me. It’s incredible!
I want people to know, other women like me to know, the powerful potential that Pelvic Therapy has. And naturally, the Therapist you choose plays a hugely important role on your road to recovery — whatever the unique reason is that you’ve sought out someone like Laura to help you. During the session, she really gives you the space to move through whatever comes up for you, and is a gentle guide. She keeps it light, and is so mindful about the pace of the work, never taking you anywhere that you don’t feel 100% ready to go.
With Laura’s help, I’m reclaiming my wholeness. My intimate relationship with my partner has improved significantly, and I know that begins with my own deeper understanding of myself and my body. I’m actually looking forward to my next menstrual cycle to see what changes have taken place! I never thought I’d hear those words come out of my mouth…but anything feels possible now.
This isn’t just physical therapy. It’s holistic, multi-faceted, and touches upon every part of me simultaneously: the physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual aspects of my being. If you’ve found yourself reading this review and are considering working with Laura, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. I’m beyond thrilled to have discovered her, my life is forever changed for the better. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Laura!
Pain-free cycling guy
As a 49 year old man, my doctor sent me to see Laura after several bouts of what we’d thought to be prostatitis. This had occurred multiple times, so we were calling it a chronic condition, but each time it seemed to respond quickly to antibiotics. I was skeptical about pelvic floor therapy. Boy, did I have a lot to learn! At our very first session Laura asked if I’d had any sports injuries. On reflection, I realized that I’d had a groin strain while running just before my round of symptoms. Turns out that while this “groin strain” resolved fairly quickly it may have done so at the price to my pelvic floor.
There’s no denying that this is a delicate area. Laura was thoughtful, sensitive and methodical in analyzing my condition and finding the imbalances in my pelvic floor – an area whose existence I’d largely been blind to – and gave me precise tips to keep this in check. No more episodes! and no more need for antibiotics! For that matter, I’ve learned new ways to breathe and check my posture which have helped me to let go of tension I’d been holding through the lower back, abs and pelvis.
Thank you, Laura! I can’t recommend your care highly enough.