Adrienne Irizarry of Eliot, Maine offers vaginal steam services at her wellness office. Having had years of experience with Chinese Dietetics and cupping, she decided to add vaginal steaming services for her clients after finding relief from painful periods and infertility through vaginal steaming herself. Although the relief experienced is with her female clients, she is no stranger to rave reviews from their spouses! We interviewed Adrienne to learn more.
What is your profession?
I am a marketing and public relations consultant and a Peristeam Hydrotherapist with over 10 years experience with Chinese Dietetics and cupping. I also build Peristeam Hydrotherapist saunas every spare moment I can!
Where did you go to school or get your professional training?
I have a Masters in Communication from the University of Maine and a Vaginal Steam Facilitator Certificate from the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute.
How did you learn about vaginal steaming?
A dear friend of mine, who knew about my challenges with irregular cycles and infertility, suggested it to me. A few days later I stumbled upon the Magamama podcast where there was an interview with Keli Garza, founder of Steamy Chick. Yes universe, I'm listening.
Do you use vaginal steaming yourself?
YES! It has totally changed my quality of life. My periods are no longer painful, heavy or irregular. It is the reason I decided to get certified and be able to share this gift with others.
What has your personal experience with steaming been?
I had painful, heavy and irregular periods my entire life. For the first time ever I have a perfect period, which I truly was skeptical could even happen for me before it did.
Why did you decide to offer this service to women? Was there an “aha” moment?
I had multiple period imbalances when I started my steaming journey including stagnation, dampness, excess heat, blood deficiency, uterine fatigue and weak digestion. I had heavy, long, painful periods with clots and cramps. My cycles were short and my periods, from first spot to last, were over a week. I decided to give steaming a try because of my struggle with infertility and figured, “what the heck, let’s give it a whirl!” I couldn't have even imagined the transformational process it became for me. If I could experience the perfect period after an entire adult life of dysfunction, I wanted to share it with others! I've always been called to alternative medicine and I am so thrilled to be an active practitioner now!
How long have you been offering vaginal steam services?
I have been offering vaginal steam services since October of 2018.
Where do you offer your services?
I offer services out of my office in South Berwick, Maine. My practice is called Moon Essence and we offer steam services, saunas and steam gowns for clients. I also offer services at Relief Parent Respite and Resource Center in Hampton, New Hampshire.
What benefits do vaginal steam services have for your clients?
Some of my client’s infection cycles have ended, heavy spontaneous bleeding has subsided and postpartum women stop bleeding two weeks after birth.
How do clients respond when you offer them vaginal steam services? Any funny stories?
I always get the "deer in headlights" response because for many it calls to mind the image of the gynecologist’s office with feet in stirrups and they can't imagine what the steaming tool looks like. It’s sad that our gynecological care is so intrusive that it’s the immediate image most people have. I did have one husband send his wife to her intake appointment with the caution of "don't burn the cookie" which I found quite amusing.
Any favorite quotes from clients either during or after steaming?
I haven't gotten as many amusing quotes directly from my clients as I have from their spouses! "Don't burn the cookie!" "Is this a box for your box?" My clients generally remark more about the relaxing part - "this is not what I expected but I feel so warm and relaxed!" "I can feel my toes for the first time in 32 years!" "Where is all this mucus coming from?!"
Do any vaginal steam success stories stand out where the client had a significant health breakthrough?
I had a client who was in a vicious infection cycle and having a significant struggle with uterine fatigue. In the first cycle of steaming we extended the cycle to 28 days she responded so well and was committed to the period care. The second cycle we strengthened her digestive system along with her steaming and she saw her infections go away. Everyone she talks to she says "steaming changed my life!"
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