For Tessa Bobir, a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Postpartum Doula whose interests, passions and previous education all focused around women's health, support and overall healing, becoming a Vaginal Steam Facilitator was the next natural step in her career. We interview Tessa to learn more.
What is your profession?
I'm a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Postpartum Doula and Vaginal Steam Facilitator.
Where did you go to school or get your professional training?
I studied vaginal steaming through the Steamy Chick Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute.
How long have you been practicing?
I've been steaming since the beginning of 2018 and got certified by the end of the year.
How did you learn about vaginal steaming?
I initially saw a documentary Demystifying the Steam one night while on Youtube and it instantly felt like I was remembering something, it felt very familiar. It wasn't long after that before I began studying with Steamy Chick.
Do you use vaginal steaming yourself?
Yes! Actually I am due for one now! Thanks for the reminder! Haha!
What has your personal experience with steaming been?
I am a busy mum, so making time for my own steaming is still a challenge but I’ve committed to sticking to my once a week schedule this year. When I make the time it is always a wonderful, calming, relaxing experience. It’s a really lovely way to stay grounded and "come back to myself."
Why did you decide to offer this service to women?
After learning about steaming it just all made so much sense. My interests, passions and previous education are all focused around women's health, support, and overall healing and happiness. I wanted to learn as much as possible so I could share this with the women in my community.
Where do you offer your services?
I currently offer the initial consultation free of charge via Skype, email, Instagram or by phone. When a client contacts me, I send them the questionnaire that I received during the Vaginal Steam Facilitator's course and I use that as my guide. I have five herb blends: cleansing, gentle, disinfecting, cooling and then universal.
What benefits do vaginal steam services have for your clients?
In this day and age we are all so busy. Taking some time out for ourselves is very important, especially our wombs/reproductive systems which I believe to be one of the most important parts of ourselves. By doing so, we can tune into our bodies better and see what it is that we really need. I think it is super important to “care for down there" and a regular steam session does exactly that. Steaming is cleansing and tones, so to steam after a period helps to clear out any stagnant residue. It’s also important to utilize steaming during the postpartum period as it aids in healing, skin regeneration and helps our muscles return to their best positions. I really could go on!
I really wish for the women in my community is that they simply try yoni steaming to see if it is for them. Trying something as non-invasive as steaming is such a wonderful idea especially if you are struggling to conceive, have irregular periods or suffer from issues. Steaming is something to try if you are facing a major medical intervention and you feel like you've run out of options. I hope women become aware of this option and that there are alternatives to surgery.
One of my clients who has endometriosis recently reported to me that since steaming her periods aren't as heavy as they used to be and that she's experiencing much less pain than usual.
How do clients respond when you offer them vaginal steam services? Any funny stories?
I just love the initial questions I get. I think when people read "steam" they picture a clothes steamer or an iron and think “ouch.” I love to explain and reiterate that it should always be a comfortable and pleasant experience.
Any interesting stories or quotes from clients about steaming?
A dear friend who has been interested and wanting to try steaming recently woke up from surgery. The first thing her surgeon asked her was "have you considered vaginal steaming!" That was an amazing thing to hear! After that she was ready to try it.
For more information:
Tessa Bobir, Yoni Steam Facilitator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Arana Hills, Brisbane
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