Andrea Martin is Spain's first vaginal steam practitioner. She is a certified Peristeam Hydrotherapist who began her womb-inner journey through herbalism. She has practiced steaming since 2017 and says everything started to change for her after healing and harmonizing her own womb-imbalances. We interviewed Andrea to learn more.
What is your profession?
I am a certified Peristeam Hydrotherapist since I started my womb-inner journey and I am also an herbalist by nature's call.
Where did you go to school or get your professional training?
I became certified as a Peristeam Hydrotherapist at the Peristeam Hydrotherapist Institute and I have attended several herbalism and natural cosmetic trainings in Navarra, Northern Spain. However, most of the time I am an autodidact and I love to learn following my instincts, body and nature. I actually collect my own herbs organically grown in a beautiful environment and make my own v-steam herbal blends, tinctures and salves for women's health.
How long have you been practicing?
I have been practicing Peristeam Hydrotherapy since 2017 with several women. Many of those women include family members whose experiences helped me to gain confidence and taught me a deep understanding of how the therapy works on women's bodies. I’ve been practicing Herbalism since 2016. As I always used this knowledge with myself first as a response of the need of healing several physical and emotional imbalances and disharmonies, I have now developed great confidence in using them towards other people with wonderful results. I can really see through these past years what a grounded and true path I have walked using both therapies.
How did you learn about vaginal steaming?
To be really honest, it was not a simple path. I had to do an abysmal search on the internet and in books until I came upon some information regarding vaginal steaming. The first time that I heard about steaming our vaginas I thought "oh, wow, this seems kind of natural" and a few days after, I just tried it at home and it became a part of my life! Since I already had an education around plants, I found it diverting to collect a few herbs that I knew were good for my womb, give this therapy a try and see how I would feel afterwards. The results were so amazing that I started to tell other women my experience. I began to search deeper to know when did this technique start, if other women were doing it, how frequently.
Do you use vaginal steaming yourself?
Of course! I still steam my vagina monthly for maintenance with really wonderful, fresh, flowery herbal blends that I create myself. I call it "Vaginal Spa" and I really love to do it! Who doesn't like to take their vagina to the spa? Once integrated in my life, I visualized myself using it in all the phases of my womanhood: birthing, postpartum or menopause. It’s a great tool for relief from vaginal dryness, itchiness, yeast infections and prolapse. The uses are so vast that I’m excited to see what else I’ll be able to use it for in the future!
What has your personal experience with steaming been?
Peristeam Hydrotherapy was what I needed to heal several disharmonies related to my womb and genitalia that I was not able to heal for years. From the first session, I noticed that I was emotionally more relaxed, calm and in tune with my womb. In one month I witnessed a drastic change in the length of my cycles. They were very long, 40-50 days long and never shorter than 35 days, but that first month, my menstruation came on the 30th day. It was astonishing! I also managed to tone my womb and healed a 3mm cyst in my left ovary and within a few weeks of steams, it was completely gone. On top of all of this, I was struggling with eczema on my vaginal lips that was constantly dry and itching, which made me feel absolutely uncomfortable. It only took me about one month of vaginal steams to stop the itchiness and afterwards the eczema reduced until it disappeared! I felt renewed and got more confident with my sexuality and my genitalia. I am so grateful for the gorgeous path that brought me to where I am now, that I truly want every woman to know that this therapy really works and is a huge support for them. Let's v-steam ladies!
Why did you decide to offer this service to women? Was there an “aha” moment?
Everything started after healing and harmonizing all my womb-imbalances, when I began to tell people what I was doing and finally I managed to meet other women that were positively interested in this unknown therapy. By the time I realized, I was already helping women to restore any issue with their cycles using Peristeam Hydrotherapy and my own herbal blends. Despite the fact I never considered working as a Peristeam Hydrotherapist, now I really love what I do, possibly because over time I have noticed that the vast majority of women I know have some problems with their cycles or genitalia. Therefore, I believe I am doing significant work recovering a piece of women's health history and returning it back to their owners through this ancient therapy.
How long have you been offering vaginal steam services?
I have been offering Peristeam Hydrotherapy services in Spain since 2017, but I am open to help women in other places of the world, as I speak Italian, English and Greek. Nowadays I am planning to expand my services to countries where those languages are spoken so that I can reach more women that really need to be healed and re-balanced.
Where do you offer your services?
I offer my services online and also in my client’s homes. In the future, I am planning to work more internationally.
What benefits do vaginal steam services have for your clients?
Above all, they report that their PMS symptoms have all reduced or gone away completely. They’ve also reported that they are less emotional and experience less physical pain and stress during their menses or ovulation. I have one woman that I taught how to vaginal steam whenever she was having chronic vaginal yeast infections and right after the first day of steaming she contacted me to confirm that the infection was gone and that she was feeling so relieved!
Also, as an herbalist, I am able to create specific blends for each woman depending on what we need to address regarding her emotional, physical and energetic state. Thereby, I enjoy it more because I can be more accurate with the disharmonies that the woman carries within her.
How do clients respond when you offer them vaginal steam services? Any funny stories?
I remember a very sensitive client I had that told me the day after her first vaginal steam that she had had a very profound and emotional dream about her sexuality and her partner. "I feel renewed, as if I have cleaned something emotionally." This comment helped me to remember a very similar situation when I started vaginal steaming and after a week I had an outbreak in which I just wanted to clean the kitchen at all costs in a very deep way. I knew it was senseless, but I just did it and I felt so released that I wrote it into my diary as something very unusual.
Any favorite quotes from clients either during or after steaming?
I will always remember a woman I worked with whose comment after the first time she did a vaginal steam with my herbs was very honest and enjoyable: "it is as if I had always had a shower with cold water and for the first time I would have done it with hot water....how could I live without knowing this exists and why I didn't do this before?!" She felt so relaxed and amazed by the effects of the herbs and the steam in her vulva that it was a completely new experience for her. We laughed a lot after her comment!
Do any vaginal steam success stories stand out where the client had a significant health breakthrough?
One of the first women I helped reported constant yeast infections over the past 15 years. She was tired of trying everything and not solving her imbalance. When she called me, she had an active yeast infection, so I established a protocol to first treat that infection and then another protocol to prevent and harmonize her genitalia. The next day she called me in tears and told me that her yeast infection was gone. She said that with ordinary medicine she was taking at least three to four days to stop the infection since her vagina was already very compromised after years of infections. In addition to this, I told her to continue with the new protocol so that she was able to equilibrate her vaginal flora. After a month of releasing white and smelly mucus, she informed me that everything down in her genitalia was harmonized and smelling so pleasant that she couldn't believe it. She had no more itching, smelly or weird bacteria in her vagina and no more chronic yeast infections.
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