What is a V Steam?
The V Steam, Also called; Yoni- Steam, Womb-Sauna, V Steam, The Vaginal Steam Bath, Hip Bath, Bajos, Rattus, Bertangas, and Chai-Yok, is a timeless therapeutic healing modality for achieving and maintaining feminine health and wellness.
We have successfully refined this traditional practice without watering down its significance by blending both ancient and modern methods & philosophies for the modern American woman.
The purpose of the V-Steam is to aid as an internal cleanser of the membranes of the vaginal tissues and the uterus. Steaming provides non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for purification and release. It helps women to achieve and maintain optimal feminine, sexual, and reproductive health by clearing out old residue. This is considered especially important for stagnant fertility conditions, and/or incomplete emptying of menses each menstrual cycle.
V-Steams also help to regulate natural healthy cycles, balance hormone levels, enhance libido, and increase sexual/orgasmic pleasure. Other benefits may include, menstrual support, elimination of yeast overgrowths and other vaginal bacteria, increase cervical fluids, relax vaginal canal, nourish and tone the uterine lining, with Fibroids, Cysts, Hemorrhoids and so much more. In addition to the physical cleansing and release during the steam, many women may also release deeply held feelings resulting in healing from psychological trauma and suppressed emotions.
Many women experience challenges in one form or another – from mild to severe menstrual cramps and irregular periods, to pain during intercourse. Often, women accept these challenges as normal, and rarely talk about the discomfort and suffering.
Yet there exists a simple organic herbal option that a growing number of women are calling upon to naturally help with these challenges and to heal themselves.
Common Female Health concerns such as menstrual cramps, infertility, excessive flow, general fatigue, vaginal dryness, and menopausal symptoms and vaginal laxity can be remedied with a regular V Steams. Using a custom blend of organic herbs in a warm steam while sitting on a specially designed Far-infrared Steam Sauna chair while wearing a full-length gown in a private treatment room.
Vaginal Steaming is about women taking back ownership of our personal health and wombs and utilizing our intuition as well as healing potential of plant medicine to support and nourish our overall well-being. This is also about trusting the wisdom of generations of women that have come before us.
You are likely to ensue recognizable benefits from this ancient remedy if you suffer from irregular or painful periods, uterine fibroids, perineal tears, bladder and yeast infections, vaginal or ovarian cysts, hemorrhoids or scarring from C-sections, hysterectomies and laparoscopies. Vaginal steaming is also beneficial for women who aren’t experiencing any particular issues as it is a soothing way to relax and pamper yourself.
Our V Steam Practitioners and Consultants do not diagnose conditions, nor do they prescribe substances or perform medical treatment, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. It is recommended that you see a licensed physician, or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have. We have referrals at your request.
Where does the practice originate?
The V (Vaginal) Steam dates back thousands of years and is seen in almost every indigenous culture, from Africa, Asia, India, the Mayan, Greece, Palau, Caribbean, and Native American cultures.
Vaginal Steaming has been used as a common ritual to honor and connect with feminine energy. V Steams can also be utilized to restore balance and clear away stagnation and many other gynecological issues. Its popularity has been steadily growing in the US, and for good reason.
Vaginal Steaming allows women to reconnect with their bodies in a positive loving way which helps to clear blocked energy and improve and maintain feminine health and wellness. There is a wisdom worth exploring in practices that have been passed down for centuries. At V Spa, we are dedicated to honoring a tradition for women to experience a positive and relaxing way to nurture and intimately re-connect with themselves without compromising the significance or integrity of this healing modality. All of our treatments take place in our clean, modern, and tranquil Medical Spa facility.
Isn't the vagina self-cleansing?
Absolutely, however the presence of symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle and/or hormonal imbalances, is indicative of the reproductive system requiring support to function most efficiently.
Symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle are usually caused by inefficient shedding of the uterine lining during menses. The purpose of steaming is not to actually cleanse the uterus outside of the naturally occurring menstrual cycle. Instead, it is to ensure a complete emptying of the uterine lining during menses in order to alleviate symptoms and create balance. Steaming during the menstrual cycle is contraindicated- as this disrupts the natural process. Steaming before and after menstruation is advised.
Is V Steaming really effective?
A V Steam works by using gentle steam to carry the beneficial properties of the dried organic herbs to the exterior tissues of the vagina (the tissue referred to as the vulva). The warmth and moisture increase circulation to the vulva, causing it to open up and expose the inner labial mucous membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, allowing the herbs to infuse their benefits. The result is a healthier, more relaxed and balanced and intimate connection to yourself.
There will always be those who doubt alternative medicine remedies that are not yet tested and proven by modern science. However, V Steaming is an age-old holistic tradition that has stood the test of time. For generations, women have shared their success stories achieving optimal feminine health, wellness and even fertility.
How can the steam penetrate my uterus?
The most common use of vaginal steaming is for postpartum care to prevent infection. While the cervix is still dilated at that time- steam eases directly into the uterine canal which introduces heat and stimulates cellular turnover to allow cleansing and tightening. This is evident by the discharge of the lochia and shedding of other birth remnants following a postpartum steam. In most other cases, for a woman whose cervix is closed except when in menstruation and postpartum-it is still likely for steam to enter the uterus by softening and relaxing the muscle tissue of the uterus and pelvic floor.
Can a V steam upset my vaginal flora?
Vaginal Flora resets itself once monthly after the period flushes out the uterine lining and its contents.
A V steam is actually effective in balancing the pH (a natural indicator of a healthy flora) and/or resolving vaginal odors by killing off bad bacteria and yeast overgrowths.
How do I know if I should try a V Steam?
Although the uterus is self-cleansing, as with all the organs sometimes everything doesn't function as the body needs it to and is affected by disease and other debilitating factors. (i.e. uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, HPV, etc.)
A couple of the signs to look for that are indicative that the uterus isn't getting its full cleanse every month are painful cramps, clots and dark red or brown menses at the onset or conclusion of the cycle.
How often is it recommended to steam?
The V steam process is an empowering self-care ritual as much as it is a preventative care tool for the support of women's feminine and reproductive health.
We highly recommend our clients to treat before-and-after menstrual flow from full-moon to new-moon. (ovulation and menstruation), or whenever experiencing cycle irregularities or pH imbalances to encourage optimal feminine health.
How private is the session?
Your session can be shared or private. While this service is usually done in an open, communal room, V Spa recognizes the cultural diversity of our community and offers individual rooms that can be booked privately or shared with one other person divided by linen drapery providing complete privacy and tranquility. You are in a full-length gown during your steam. Your body is never touched by anyone other than yourself. Your modesty and respect of privacy is never compromised.
Can I reserve the spa for bridal parties and other special occasions?
Yes, this service can also be shared with your girlfriends for a Ladies Night "in". V Steam Parties are ideal for retreats, bridal showers, engagement parties, birthday celebrations and other occasions to relax and have fun with your girlfriends. *To reserve the entire spa, or for parties larger than four, reservations must be made by phone.
How is a V steam done?
Our certified practitioners may recommend a special herbal formula depending on your needs. Our herbal medicine blends differ from western/synthetic medicine, in that they are almost always prescribed as a formula containing 5-15 medicinal herbs per blend. Uniquely combining different types of herbs in different quantities helps us to craft a formula to address your specific symptom pattern or feminine issue.
After intake and consultation, your practitioner will prepare you for your session, line the seat of your chair with fresh towels, and have you change into a special gown before you are seated.
During the V Steam, you are seated within the privacy of linen walls, you are in a full-length gown. This is a very gentle process which involves sitting on a comfortable, far infrared, steam-sauna chair with a cushioned seat that has an opening. Each seat is thoroughly sanitized and disinfected with hospital grade solution after each use and then covered in a freshly laundered spa towel. A beautiful, aromatic blend of organic herbs are placed under the opening beneath the sauna chair and the herbal infused steam gently permeates the perineal area into the vaginal canal and uterus to deliver the healing benefits of each individual herb.
Can I steam without the use of herbs?
Yes! We offer steaming with organic pink Himalayan salt and rose petals or lavender only, for sensitive and allergy prone users. Steaming in general allows a woman to reconnect with herself, through the root and core of her innermost sacred space- her womb. V Steaming is a nourishing and fulfilling self-care practice, which is very empowering and supportive along the womanhood journey.
I have no feminine health issues or irregularities; can I still do a steam?
Yes, V Steaming can be done even when you don’t have any symptoms or issues as it can nourish, strengthen, tone and tighten the uterus and vaginal tissues. Steaming improves vaginal and uterine health and promotes emotional well-being, as it is a relaxing and meditative self-care modality.
I've had a partial or total hysterectomy; How will the V Steam benefit me?
V Steaming is great for all aspects of female health, so it can definitely still be beneficial for you. Although all or part of the physical uterus may have been removed, the energetic center remains and can benefit from the warmth and clearing. Steaming is also great for increasing moisture, circulation, addressing odor and balancing vaginal pH which helps to prevent infections and Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). It is also a wonderful way to relax and pamper yourself, which is always an added benefit.
Can I still benefit from a V Steam if I have already gone through menopause?
Absolutely! Women in any cycle of life can benefit from a V Steam, especially those who are menopausal. A V Steam is very relaxing, and moisturizing and may help to relieve dryness associated with post-menopausal symptoms and may even increase elasticity. It has been known to reduce severity and frequency of hot flashes, phantom cramping & mood swings due to hormonal imbalances and also really helps you sleep soundly. It is an ideal way to relax and pamper yourself, which is always an added benefit.
Can V Steaming increase sex drive?
Yes, V Steaming may increase libido and enhance sexual sensation. On an emotional psychological level, V Steaming supports us to cultivate a profound sense of self-love, self-care and self-awareness, and increases our self-confidence (especially as it relates to our sexual health), which has great implications for a woman's sex life. On the physiological level, V Steaming increases circulation and increases vaginal moisture, which is clearly great intimate pleasure!
Are there any times when vaginal steaming is not appropriate?
Yes, steaming is contraindicative during these times:
• While currently menstruating
• Pregnant or if there is any possibility of pregnancy.
• When you have an IUD inserted.
• If prone to spontaneous, or heavy bleeding
• If trying to conceive and have already ovulated (e.g. you could possibly be pregnant)
• When experiencing any sort of STD, active herpes outbreak, or in the presence of other open sores, and skin irritations as it may exacerbate the condition.
• It is also not advised for women to steam who have a case of moderate to severe incontinence.
• With genital piercings. (ALL Piercings must be removed prior to arrival because they may heat and possibly cause burning.)
• Experiencing a fever.
• When under the influence of drugs or alcohol 24 hrs. prior to appt.