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Yoni Mapping Therapy
Yoni Mapping Therapy (or YMT) is a pelvic wellness modality for women, offered only by women.
It is a gentle and respectful ‘guided tour’ of your most mysterious region – the incredible female pelvis.
YMT is conducted via private one-on-one sessions involving talk therapy and coaching, embodied sexual education, home-play practices, full body massage, abdominal and pelvic massage, external and internal yoni massage and vaginal mapping.
YMT gives you an opportunity to discover the potential of your Yoni, and to come to a place of wholeness, love, respect and honouring for yourself – getting to know yourself on a deeper level.
It is a holistic modality that embraces all aspects of the self: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and sexual.
YMT is registered with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) and certified Yoni Mapping Therapists have successfully completed a rigorous and intensive training course and abide by an ethical Code of Conduct.
What happens in a Yoni mapping therapy session with freya?
Yoni Mapping Therapy sessions are 3 hours long and include a combination of the following:
Coaching/Talk therapy and initial consultation: First we'll sit down together over a pot of tea (herbal, of course!) and have an informal chat about what's going on for you. This is a safe and non-judgmental space to share ANYTHING that feels important to you. All of you is welcome and what we talk about is completely confidential. Before we get started I'll ask you to fill in a detailed intake form about your medical history and past experiences relevant to the work we will do together.
Education related to pelvic wellness, sexuality, pleasure, anatomy, etc: I support you to fill relevant gaps in your knowledge and provide answers to any sensitive questions you may have long been curious about but never had the opportunity to ask anyone!
Home-play practices: I'll suggest specific practices for you to take home and use as tools to continue to deepen your journey and connection to your body and yoni. These suggestions will be based on what we speak about and will be relevant to where you're at and what we feel will be most helpful to you.
Whole body Kahuna massage: I will give a nurturing and relaxing full body massage to allow to arrive fully in your body and open to receive. It is important to give loving touch to the entire body before approaching the yoni to allow time for you to surrender and relax into a place of trust, feeling your whole body is being worshiped.
Therapeutic abdominal and pelvic massage: releasing tension and congestion in the belly and pelvis to bring more blood flow, relaxation, and sensitivity to the reproductive organs and pelvic bowl.
Gentle external and internal vaginal massage and mapping: If you feel comfortable to proceed (consent is a big part of this work!) I work gently externally and internally to release tension and restore blood flow, sensitivity and awareness. You are oriented to your internal pelvic landscape – we are in communication the whole time, following physical sensation and emotions that arise as different areas are touched and massaged.
We navigate through your yoni, exploring areas of numbness, restriction, disconnection and muscle tension. Together, we literally create a map of your innermost world – discovering what feels tight, what feels relaxed, what feels good, where certain emotions are stored, how your internal pelvic sensitivity is, and more.
Afterwards, most women feel more aliveness and sensation in the pelvis, a deeper connection with their body and newfound sense of respect for their vagina. Every session is completely different because every woman is unique.
Debrief and follow up: After your session, we have a brief chat about how you're feeling and if anything arose for you that needs further support. I also send a follow-up email with a reminder of all the things we chatted about and your suggested home-play practices in it to empower you to carry on expanding and delving into your sensual selves.
what are the benefits of yoni mapping therapy?
Almost any woman can benefit from YMT and there are some common themes that women choose to explore during sessions that might be addressed...
Relaxing pelvic tension and helping to relieve pain
Restoring awareness to areas of numbness internally
Supporting muscle engagement and balance
Healing from an operation in the pelvic / abdominal area (scar tissue remediation)
Supporting pelvic organ balance & alignment
Support in the transition to menopause
Support in your fertility journey
Having a respectful experience of your body after sexual trauma from past experiences of abuse / violation
Addressing shame or guilt in relation to sex / your vagina
Desiring to feel more connected to the Yoni / pelvis
Moving towards healing emotionally from an operation / abortion / miscarriage
Exploring a desire to be touched without a goal
Creating space for old emotions related to past experiences
Letting go of painful or uncomfortable sex
Navigating through libido challenges
Opening to different ways to explore orgasm with a partner
Releasing old habits of self pleasuring that aren’t serving you (ie. Only using a vibrator to reach orgasm)
Finding out what’s possible in terms of pleasure beyond the clitoris
You’re excited to learn more about your pleasure potential
You’re wanting to feel more confident in your body
Preparing your body for birth physically – relaxing, creating space
Working specifically with internal areas that will support birth
Learning tools to take home for preparing your pelvis for birth
Letting go of old emotional tension / stories before birth
Reconnecting to the vagina and pelvis when things feel different after birth
Scar tissue remediation for episiotomy / C-section / natural tearing
Feeling held and acknowledged in your birth experience
Making friends with your vagina again if the birth didn’t go as planned
Supporting emotional and physical healing after a difficult birth
Self care and exploration:
Exploring another level of self-care and self-nurturing
Learning specific practices for pelvic wellness
Creating a more loving connection with your Yoni
Feeling clearer in your body awareness and boundaries
Getting to know your way around this part of your body
Just feeling curious to learn more and discover more about the vagina
Having an embodied experience of all the sensations in your pelvic space
Having listed these potential benefits, it is important not to have expectations of a session and be open to see what arises for you personally. Everyone has their own unique experience – and it’s also normal to feel a little emotional or tender afterwards – we often have so many past experiences that affect our relationship with our pelvic area.
(Note: as Yoni Mapping Therapists we cannot promise that we can resolve any medical condition, and Yoni Mapping Therapy does not in any way claim to replace appropriate medical support or mental health care.)
Why is this type of therapy necessary& Does it really need to be internal?
There many benefits of internal therapeutic pelvic massage – which is now becoming more popular in many different fields. Osteopaths, physiotherapists and pelvic floor specialists do internal massage for pelvic health and alignment.
Just as with general massage, there are many benefits of receiving internal massage:
Access to ligaments that can only be touched from the inside
Release of muscle tension that traditional external massage cannot get to
Restoration of pelvic organ alignment and balance thus supporting a woman’s pelvic wellness
Relaxing of pelvic floor muscles allowing effective engagement
Shifting patterns of ‘compensation’ where specific parts are overworking due to ineffective engagement or held tension in other areas
In our culture, many women are disconnected from their whole pelvic region – mostly due to trauma of some kind, and/or shame.
Trauma, often expressed in the body as tension and experienced by a woman as pain or numbness, can arise from something as simple as having sex without being aroused enough, to something as complex as a difficult birth or sexual abuse/violation.
Underneath the glossy, modern sexual landscape we live in, many of us struggle to understand ourselves as sexual beings. It is rare to meet a woman who truly KNOWS her vagina well.
Massaging and mapping internally allows a woman to meet her yoni. To discover her own creative power source, this part that has often only been experienced as problematic or bothersome (periods), or ‘for’ the purpose of another’s pleasure, or for procreation.
We don’t receive adequate education about our own basic anatomy and sexuality. In fact, we are often given the wrong information – which leaves us confused and unclear.
That’s why having an experienced practitioner gently guide you through an area that may be wildly unfamiliar can be a total revelation.
Internal mapping can give a woman the capacity to answer questions like:
Where do I disconnect from feeling?
Where is there pain and numbness?
Is that area still tender from the operation?
What areas feel nice?
What feels relaxing and peaceful?
How is my pelvic floor?
Is there much tension in there?
What does my cervix feel like?
Where is my A-spot anyway?
Because Yoni Mapping sessions involve whole body massage, it can give a woman the felt experience that her Yoni is connected to the rest of her body – which often things a deep sense of wholeness.
A session also creates the space for a woman to simply receive. Nothing is expected of her, she doesn’t need to perform in any way, she can just relax and discover herself. It sounds so simple, but it’s something few women have ever experienced.
After receiving this kind of session, women often come away with a sense of clarity about what they want in their lives – and what is no longer acceptable.
This could mean being more discerning about who we allow to enter our bodies.
Or desiring to treat our bodies better.
Choosing to have longer foreplay because it feels amazing.
Or taking more time to self-pleasure and explore with curiosity.
Carving out more time for self care practices.
Or taking the leap with that big project.
It’s an empowering embodied experience that can help you feel who you are on a deeper level. It’s about coming home to yourself.
frequently asked questions:
I'm really nervous - is that normal?
Yes! – most clients will feel some nerves before a session, which is completely natural. Usually afterwards they’ll be surprised how ‘normal’ and natural the whole thing felt. I are really focused on creating a safe and comfortable space for the sessions and making it feel fun and interesting. NOTHING is forced or pressured, and you are empowered to set your own boundaries in the session. I work with informed consent and clear communication throughout and you are fully respected in the experience.
Will YMT solve my health issue?
As Yoni Mapping Therapist Practitioners we do not (and cannot) claim that Yoni Mapping Therapy treats, prevents or cures any medical or psychological ailment.
All clients have different experiences from their sessions. Many of our clients have experienced Yoni Mapping Therapy as being beneficial for their overall wellbeing. Many clients have also experienced a marked improvement in, or resolution of, their specific issue.
Many clients do report that they have noticed improvements or feeling more empowered in areas such as mental health, emotional healing from past experiences, energy levels, libido, body image, stress levels, body connection, intimacy with a partner, awareness of pleasure, motivation for self care and capacity to assert clear boundaries around their body and sexuality.
Having said that, Yoni Mapping Therapy is not about ‘solving’ or ‘fixing’ anything, it’s about connecting with your body.
“Once you approach your body as a relationship to discover rather than a problem to fix, you start thinking in a whole new way.” – Jena La Flamme
Who is this modality NOT appropriate for?
Yoni Mapping Therapy is not currently right for you if:
you are in the FIRST trimester of pregnancy – we work with clients after 12 weeks.
you are pregnant and have a history of miscarriage or premature birth – just to be on the extra safe side!
you have JUST given birth recently – please wait until at least 6 weeks postpartum before a session.
You have JUST had an operation in the abdominal or pelvic area – please wait at least 6 weeks before a session to give your body a chance to heal.
You are CURRENTLY in a state of trauma – this modality is not beneficial if you are in a distressed and unstable mental state. Please seek appropriate support if this is the case.
You are under the age of 18 – we are unable to offer sessions to those under 18.
Is it safe for pregnant women?
Yes, if it’s safe to have sex, then it’s safe to have a gentle massage (although we don’t work with women who have a history of premature birth or miscarriage – just to be sure!). Sex can press on the cervix quite consistently, and in this bodywork for pregnant women we don’t focus on the cervix at all.
The way I work with pregnant women is soft and gentle – there’s nothing sudden or intense in any way. The internal pelvic work is intentionally slow and relaxing and I don’t press anywhere near the baby.
Massage is a great way to prepare for the birth, especially stretching around the perineum to make space for the baby and prevent the likelihood of tearing or episiotomy – which is something that many midwives and birthworkers do! I also work specifically with internal ligaments that can have a positive impact on the babies passage through the birth canal.
How many sessions do I need? How far between sessions should I book?
Many clients just come for one session – and one session alone can be very beneficial. However, coming for follow up sessions is an amazing experience because you get to see progress over time, taking home the practices to do as homeplay and moving through different processes in the sessions.
If you do choose to have more than 1 session, I recommend scheduling sessions 3- 6 weeks apart for maximum benefit. This gives time to let the dust settle and for integration of what we've covered in a session. Upon your return, you will have had time to practice the homeplay and see how things begin to change for you. You also might have further questions to ask or more specific things you'd like to learn about or work on together.
What if I get my period before the session?
Try to schedule your session at a time when you’re unlikely to have your period, it’s much more comfortable for you that way.
However, if it does happen that you begin menstruating not long before a session, please contact me to discuss whether you're feeling up to coming for your session still or not. Menstrual blood certainly doesn't bother me! However you may be feeling energetically more internal, fragile, or physically uncomfortable as a result of your period, and that might mean it is best to postpone.
I'm not into spiritual woo-woo stuff...Is this for me?
Haha, don’t worry! Even though it seems pretty out there, Yoni Mapping Therapy is far from woo-woo. I'm committed to making this experience feel comfortable, tangible, and educational. I'm not pushing any spiritual beliefs on anyone – it’s all about exploring what’s happening in your body.
What's the difference between 'Yoni Massage 'and 'Yoni Mapping therapy'?
‘Yoni Massage’ is a term used by many different people to mean many different things.
Some people may offer Yoni Massage as a gentle pelvic healing massage, which can be quite a beautiful experience. Others may use the name ‘Yoni Massage’, but it also involves coaching and whole body massage (which is great too!) Still others may offer a sexual service that is called ‘Yoni Massage’. For other practitioners it’s related to the spiritual path of Tantra.
Basically all we know for sure about ‘Yoni Massage’ is that there’s some kind of massage of the vagina – because all practitioners work differently.
So if you’ve been looking into Yoni Massage – check in with your practitioner about exactly what they’re offering so you’re totally clear. Some Yoni Massage therapists have done different kinds of training, others are self taught. There are some incredible practitioners out there and there are some practitioners to be careful of. It is an unregulated field and therefore does hold some level of risk. When choosing a practitioner, it’s important that it feels right to you. If you’re uncertain you could arrange a phone chat with them to find out more.
‘Yoni Mapping Therapy – The Bliss Method’ – is a specific registered modality taught only to a select few women as a holistic approach to women’s pelvic wellness. It is registered as a modality by the IICT. Practitioners have completed a rigorous 6 month intensive training program and are held to a high standard of therapy. There is a code of conduct that we abide by, and sessions always follow a certain structure. The focus is not on trying to give you a ‘pleasurable experience’ – but meeting you where you are, and offering you tools and approaches to bring into your daily life to deepen your connection with your pelvic region and your Yoni. We acknowledge and welcome all aspects of women – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and sexual.
It is by no means a sexual service, but a 3 hour journey of exploration and learning about your unique body and pelvic region.
Please be aware that as this modality gains in popularity, others may use the same or a similar name (Yoni Mapping Therapy) but may not have any official training. For example, there is a wonderful woman in Denmark, Diana Diakova, who offers Yoni Mapping – and trains practitoners. Her methods are powerful but at the same time different to this particular modality.