Yoni -Steaming is a powerful ancient remedy that has been used for centuries by women worldwide to support deep wellness. Also known as vaginal steaming, chai-yok, or bajo, it is a holistic health practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to gently permeate the exterior of her vagina. Yoni is a Sanskrit word meaning “vagina,” “womb,” “goddess” or “origin of life,” and yoni steaming is intended to support all of these aspects of a woman.
The treatment may sound odd at first, but the truth is that, for millennia, women have shared this powerful practice among one another, inspiring each other to heal, nourish and love our bodies. Today, countless women are rediscovering the practice.
What is vaginal steaming?
When you steam, you sit on a box with a hole in it. Inside of the box, there’s a steaming pot full of herbs specific to your needs. The pot is low enough in the trunk so that it’s not too hot. If you’ve never experienced it before, it’s like taking a bath—you feel calm and cozy and clean afterwards. We have private curtained off rooms or we can hold a party of 8 in an open room setting.
First time steamers and some sensitive steamers can steam for 15 minutes only.
15 minute session is $28
Package of 4 for $100
After the first session, some people may be able to steam longer.
30 minute Session is $48
Package of 4 for $178
Where did the practice of vaginal steaming originate?
Steaming is practiced in every region of the world. It’s perhaps the most well-known in South Korea, but also used in Sweden, Germany, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Turkey, Italy, Cambodia, Trinidad and Tobago, Eritrea, the Navajo Nation—literally everywhere. It seems like every day there is a new country where this practice is in use.
What are the benefits of vaginal steaming?
Traditionally, vaginal steaming has been used by midwives as part of postpartum care. It’s really great for women after childbirth to help clean out the womb, tighten and tone the reproductive organs after birth, and it can also help with weight loss postpartum.
Vaginal steaming can also be used to help with or possibly reduce the symptoms of:
- Irregular cycles
- Low libido
My trainer has worked with over 600 clients, and in her experience, there’s really nothing that vaginal steaming can’t help with.
Read some personal accounts at Steamy Chick blog.
Is there anyone who should not steam? (Contraindications for steaming)
1. During pregnancy
2. You should also not steam during your period, or any time that you are experiencing fresh, red bleeding
3. Menstruators with mid-cycle bleeding, spontaneous bleeding – You can ask Michelle for advice on this topic to help get your cycles regular
4. Burning, itchiness in Vagina, as steaming can make this worse
5. Females that had their tubes tied with tubal ligation
6. Birth control that is implanted in the arm, Nexplanon and there's a slightly older version called Implanon
7. When trying to conceive, don’t steam after ovulation and insemination
What is the basic recommended use?
I recommend that clients steam once per month after their period.
People experiencing menstrual cramping should steam once a few days before their period, and once after their period.
People with conditions such as infertility, fibroids, infections, PCOS, etc. will benefit from a tailored protocol, in which I can adjust the amount of steaming time, how often you steam, and the types of herbs used.
Drawing from my teacher’s experience and database of case studies, and with the help of a doctor of traditional Chinese Medicine, she has been able to create effective protocols for most reproductive issues.
How do I sign up for a session?
Give us a call at 217-527-1611 or send an email to [email protected]
We will email you a form to fill out prior to your first session. We will need to ask some personal female questions so we can help to make the most beneficial and effective V-Steam session possible. Your herb combination and steam time will be customized for you according to your body’s needs. You have our promise to keep this information confidential.
Reasons you would want to Steam
Can help improving The Menstrual Cycle
The number one reason that many women practice yoni steaming is because of the possibility for the steam to significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation, as well as to regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles. It works like this: after the medicinal herbs release their cleansing and healing oils into hot water, they are carried via steam to the porous skin of the outer labia, where they are absorbed. The ancient wisdom says that from there, the properties of the plants are carried through the bloodstream into the uterus, where they can help to dislodge the stuck material that causes discomfort during menstruation. It may sound far-fetched, but for countless women, the improvement in the cycle is undeniable.
Can Help Heal The Womb
Perhaps a result of stress and environmental toxins in our world today, many women suffer from challenges such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. In the same way that yoni steaming supports the uterus to shed old blood, it can possibly help the miraculous organ to expel any non-essential tissue or cells, including polyps, cysts or endometrium growing outside the uterus. The result is a healthier womb, inside and out.
Creates Space For Blissful Relaxation
To do a yoni steam, a woman sets aside 20-30 minutes of her time to focus on her own well-being and go inward. As she sits with herself, allowing the gentle herbs to permeate her body and release stuck material, she often experiences a powerful release of stored emotions and stress as well. This self-care routine provides an excellent time to reflect, meditate, bringing a profound sense of relaxation and emotional well-being.
To truly live in balance, we must detoxify our environment, our relationships and, of course, our own bodies. Yoni steaming works similarly to the way a steam room is used to draw toxins out of your body via the skin, or an herbal steam is used to clear congestion from your nasal passages when you have a cold. Likewise, steaming the exterior of your vagina draws out toxins and clears congestion from your womb. The gentle heat and moisture can cause physical toxins to be released from cells into the lymphatic fluid, which is expelled from the body as sweat.
Can Increase Libido
On an emotional level, yoni steaming supports us to cultivate a profound sense of self-love and increases our self-confidence, which helps us to feel more sexy and sensual. On the physical level, yoni steaming increases circulation and increases lubrication, which can help increase libido and makes sex more enjoyable!
May Help To Increase Fertility
There are many reasons for fertility challenges, but one of those reasons could be induration (hardened lining) and buildup of old material in the venous lakes (folds) on the uterine walls. By breaking up this excess material and releasing it through menstruation, the uterine walls are prepared for a fertilized egg to attach and thrive.
Can Help Speed Up Recovery After Birth
A yoni steam is called a “bajo” by Mayan midwives and is the traditional treatment can help to heal, cleanse and tone the reproductive system after birth. The ancient remedy is thought to clear any remaining material from the uterus after birth, assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar, and encourage the tissue to tighten. It is best to wait a week after birth before steaming in order to give mama’s body some time to heal on its own before introducing warm steam.
…and Steaming Feels Good!
Last but certainly not least, yoni steaming feels great. The warmth increases circulation to the labia and clitoris, and the steam moistens the sensitive tissues, resulting in an ever so slightly tantalizing sensation. Many women experience pleasure from the simple act of treating themselves to this delightful ritual, and that, in and of itself, should be revered.
It is the body’s imperative to be as healthy and efficient as is possible. While it is true that your uterus and vagina are self-cleaning and self-regulating organs, yoni steaming is a natural way to support your body to function optimally. Yet, yoni steaming is about more than uterine health. The practice brings a re-connection to the spiritual aspects of female body and the potent energy that lies within. It is not only an opportunity for women to celebrate and cherish our bodies, it is a tool for taking back ownership of our personal health, and for utilizing the wisdom of our ancestors to support and nourish our well-being today.