Herbal pelvic steams effectively address a variety of reproductive health conditions. In Latin America, pelvic steams are called bajos and employed by traditional midwives to alleviate reproductive issues and provide postpartum support to women. In Africa, an ethnographic study was published comparing vaginal practices, including steaming, across the continent. In this study, the authors describe how the vagina is considered a magically potent and sensitive place in Zulu culture. In Korea, steam-baths are known as chai-yok and include the use of Japanese mugwort, which is both spiritually protective and has successfully been used to heal reproductive issues.
By bringing warmth into the uterus and pelvis, circulation improves. Vaginal tissues are also extremely absorbent, akin to the mucosal membrane of the nose, therefore the volatile oils of the herbs, which carry their life force and chemical constituents, are easily absorbed into the tissues, sharing their medicine with you.
Steams are indicated for
Steams are contraindicated for those with
During a pelvic steam, you are invited to journal or follow a recorded meditation. It is your time to be alone with yourself undisturbed, to reconnect with your body and breath. Steams typically last 20-30 minutes and can either be added onto a massage session or may be automatically included, if interested, in a Maya abdominal therapy session.