You can find a little bit more information about me in the About section of this website, but i will give here a bit more info specifically for the training.
I have come to work in genital and pelvic floor area for many reasons. When i retired from my university position, i wanted to do work that would actually help people or the planet. I did some marine conservation, which is fun and important, but my health could not take so much diving, so i moved back towards bodywork, my second passion. I spent a few months helping women around with craniosacral, myofascial and swedish work, but i quickly realized that this was not enough. The level of care for women in modern medicine is not acceptable. This is also true for all of medicine, but it is striking with women's health. Having been around women all my life and having been interested in human rights for years, i grew very disappointed with the healthcare options from gynaecology, so i started to explore alternative options. There are few of them: Arvigo and Karsai Nei Tsang. I thus trained in KNT, but there again, i was very disappointed because a number of health issues are not addressed by KNT (or Arvigo). So, geek as i am, i started to research anatomy, techniques from Kinesiology and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, read in gynaecology and obstetric, studied tantra, especially its therapeutic aspects, and started to adapt my KNT techniques and more importantly, change my vision of women's health bodywork. The result is a vision of women's health that includes energy work, emotional and trauma release, and genital work combined in what we now call Integrative Karsai Nei Tsang.
It has lead me to long sessions where I talk in depth with the client about all aspects of her life, her body, her past, her environment, etc. Then, depending on the issues, i normally perform a Chi Nei Tsang session, followed by a full body myofascial release and, if needed, a massage of the genitals, external and internal and a rectal massage in a few cases. Most sessions also include chakra balancing and some include work on tantra points. These sessions take 2-6 hours, and ideally, we repeat the work every other day 3-4 times. This intensity (it is actually the proper term in Rehab medicine) is in my opinion important part of the treatment.
My vision of this work is that you need to a) understand most personal issues the client is dealing with: their health, their nutrition, their personal life, their past, their sexual life, etc.; b) read between the lines as most important issues will come out with time and true listening; c) know enough anatomy to surpass what you learned in anatomy classes, because women's anatomy is way more variable than acknowledged in textbooks; d) apply simple techniques that, once combined, can offer true healing to your clients; and e), be willing to explore techniques that may be considered untested, unscientific or even inappropriate in other fields of healthcare, because when you work in the genital/pelvic floor space, you cannot move away from the fact that it is used to give birth, to urinate, to have pleasure, to breath, etc. The female pelvis is one of the most complex part of the human body; almost every part has more than one function. You keep facing fascinating ethical questions, and you keep questioning your knowledge, your boundaries and your intentions. Thus, you constantly need to clarify your intentions and your boundaries and those of your client. This forces a dialog and an openness that is often missing in other work. You cannot create new techniques without getting out of the beaten path.
In the last 2 years of this process, i realized that this field needs to be more available to women. I offered a 5-day workshop on Koh Phangan in September 2017, with 4 women and 2 men participating. Men's participation, as important as it is, was a problem at many levels: they have a different approach and background, so they need different training altogether, and we may offer it later. It was a great experience for the female participants, yet we didn't have enough time to properly see all the material and practice. This is why i have developed the current training, with additional material and much more practice time over a longer period to better integrate it.