there’s a spa for everything

It seems like there’s a spa for everything these days. I just found out about Phit, a vaginal spa that opened up in New York. Phit stands for “pelvic health integrated techniques” and their goal is to help women develop better pelvic health. (Note- that photo is just one I found online. It’s not a photo of Phit.)

Now, I think that’s a great thing to support. The pelvic floor is, quite literally, the foundation of our bodies. And since it’s not really designed to support the weight of our bodies, what with the whole evolutionaru shift from walking on all fours to going upright and all, pelvic floor problems are quite common. For women who need expert advice around pelvic floor health, working with a personal trainer or physical therapist can be an excellent way to isolate the correct muscles and make sure that you’re toning muscles without causing muscle spasms. And lots of women have found biofeedback to be a really helpful way to make sure they’re doing their Kegel exercises correctly. Phit offers all that.

On the other hand, Phit also offers labiaplasty, a surgical procedure to reshape the inner labia. According to their information, “Women may desire labiaplasty for aesthetic dissatisfaction, discomfort in clothing, discomfort when walking or participating in exercise, and entry dyspareunia caused by invagination of the protuberant tissue.” Now, if you’re having discomfort or pain during sex, I can totally get behind doing something about that. But “aesthetic dissatisfaction”? Correct me if I’m wrong here, but doesn’t that mean surgically removing sexually sensitive tissue because you’re rather look a certain way than feel good. And since a lot of people base their ideas on what their bodies are supposed to look like from porn, that just seems like a potential problem to me.

In any case, I still think it’s a great idea for people to get better information and help when it comes to tuning into the many muscles of the pelvis and learning how to work them. If you don’t want to go to Phit, I strongly recommend the book Pelvic Power. It’s an amaingly well-written exploration of the bones, muscles and joints of the pelvis, with lots of easy-too-understand exercises and visualizations to help you isolate each part of the body.

A few years ago, I injured my lower back and all of the muscles between my waist and knees went into a compensation spasm. This book was a big help in fixing that.

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Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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