Austin, Texas is known for being a bit "weird" so it's no surprise that it's residents would offer alternative holistic treatments. Recently Austin resident Rayisha Beyond -- reiki master and doula -- opened up a spa where, among other services, she offers vaginal steaming. We interviewed Rayisha to learn more.
What is your profession?
My profession encompasses a range of Holistic Women's Wellness offerings. I would say that I am a Reiki Master, Full Spectrum Doula and Vaginal Steam Facilitator.
Where did you go to school or get your professional training?
Here is a glimpse at the Education I have received:
- BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Human Development from CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA
- Full Circle Doula Certification with Shafia Monroe's ICTC in Portland, OR
- Ancient Holistic Postpartum Doula Certification with Pilar Ma'at's BirthMama in Los Angeles, CA
- Shodhini Woman Researcher with Pati Garcia with Shodhini Institute in Long Beach, CA
- Reiki Master: Usui Level 3 with Janell Shun's 4th Chakra Wellness in Long Beach, CA
- Vaginal Steam Facilitator with Keli Garza's Steamy Chick in Los Angeles, CA
- Advanced Traditional Postpartum Birthworker Certification with LaylaB's NAFSA School Project in Morocco
How long have you been practicing?
My first experience of birth, and unknowingly Doula work, began when I was 18 years young, while holding space for my cousin, along with her husband, as she gave birth to my god daughter. The birth was so beautiful to me and nothing like I imagined from what I saw in movies or heard from those around me up to that point. It was in 2009 that I pursued becoming a Doula and have been assisting women in various ways and stages of life which now has been over 10 years.
How did you learn about vaginal steaming?
I first learned about vaginal steaming from a Midwife in Los Angeles, Pilar Ma'at, BirthMama who taught us steaming as a postpartum practice for mothers after a c-section as an alternatives to a ancient therapeutic after birth bath. A few years later, my friend Keli was steaming and experienced great results with steaming as a self-care, postpartum care and regular practice around our moon cycle/period. I began to steam myself and when Keli created a course on Vaginal Steaming, I decided to become a Vaginal Steam Facilitator as well.
Do you use vaginal steaming yourself?
What has your personal experience with steaming been?
Personally, I have been steaming for over 7 years and it has been very beneficial to my womb and moon cycle.
Why did you decide to offer this service to women?
Initially, I began offering steaming services as an alternative to a therapeutic after birth bath for moms who experienced a c-section. When I came across steaming as a self-care practice for moon cycle care and after pregnancy for any birth experience, I knew that all women needed to know about steaming and would benefit from this knowledge and experience.
Through life experience, I have gathered many tools to assist myself and other women along this journey of life. I find that there is a resurgence of knowledge, long lost and almost forgotten, that is calling to me and many women around the world and it's an exciting time for the future of women and life as a whole. Vaginal Steaming is a key factor in this worldwide healing happening for women on such a personal and deeply individual mind/body/spirit level, and I am honored and excited to share what I know and will continue to learn with those who are ready to grow and heal themselves. Steaming is found all over the world and dates back farther in time than we can find records of, may this knowledge forever be available, passed down to the future generations with all of our effort and self healing. I dedicate all that I do to honor my wholeness, my ancestors, all the women who came before me and those to come, my mother, my grandmothers, my wife, my daughters and Beyond.
How long have you been offering vaginal steam services?
I have been offering steaming for 7 years now.
Where do you offer your services?
Currently, I offer an array of Women's Wellness services which include Womb/Yoni/V-Steaming, birth doula, after pregnancy doula (birth, miscarriage, pregnancy loss), as well as Reiki healing. Reiki & Steaming, I find, are a wonderful combination for clients for maximized relaxation and healing for mind/body/womb/spirit.
What benefits do vaginal steam services have for your clients?
Vaginal Steam Services alone are an opportunity for women to have a moment of self care and education. Some clients make follow up appointments or purchase a steam sauna with us to steam regularly in the comfort of their home.
How do clients respond when you offer them vaginal steam services? Any funny stories?
Clients usually feel relaxed with a sense of being pampered.
Any favorite quotes from clients either during or after steaming?
During steaming: "I Love this warmth and floral scent surrounding me!" After steaming: "This experience was so much better than I anticipated. I can't wait to steam again!"
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