What is a yoni / Vagina steam?

Also known as vaginal steaming or v-steaming, yoni steaming is a holistic health practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to gently permeate her vagina. Yoni steaming is a powerful ancient remedy that has been used for centuries by women worldwide. This gentle treatment provides effective support for the female reproductive system, and invites reconnection with the powerful, creative energy of a woman’s center.

How private is the session?

Extremely private.  This service is usually done in a private room.  Kerry Spindler – Skin. Beauty. Our individual rooms provide complete privacy and tranquility. A wrap is placed around your waist during your steam where your private areas are completely covered at all times.  Your body is never touched by anyone other than you. Your modesty is never compromised. That is a priority to us.

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”, retreats, bridal showers, and other occasions to relax and have fun with your friends.  At the moment, we have two chairs to allow for social distancing.  A total of 4 people can come and take turns.  To reserve the entire spa, reservations must be made in advance.

Who should be yoni steaming?

Yoni steaming is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your body and reignite your vibrance. We encourage most women to try a yoni steam (aka. vaginal steam)! You are likely to see great benefit to this ancient remedy if you suffer from irregular or painful periods, infertility, uterine fibroids, perennial tears, bladder, and yeast infections, vaginal or ovarian cysts, hemorrhoids or scarring from C-sections, hysterectomies and laparoscopies. Yoni steaming is also recommended even if you are not experiencing any of the above, as it is a great way to soothe and pamper yourself and is known to relieve anxiety in women.

Who should NOT be yoni steaming?

First and most importantly, women who are pregnant, or think there is any possibility that they might be, should NOT do any type of yoni steam. Doing so may endanger the pregnancy, as many of the herbs used can alter hormone levels and can cause contractions of the uterus.

For the same reason, it is also not recommended for women who have an Intrauterine Device (IUD). Women who have any type of internal infection (cervical, uterine, or ovarian inflammation), or a fever, are encouraged not to steam until the symptoms have passed.

Women also should not steam while menstruating or when open sores or blisters are present.

Why isn’t it recommended that women with an Intrauterine Device (IUD) do a yoni steam?

It is not recommended for women with any kind of IUD to steam because the medicinal properties of the herbs are intended to cause the uterus to contract and shed its lining. When an IUD is present, the risk is that this could cause the uterine tissue to shed or contract in such a way that it could dislodge, shift or expel the IUD.

With that said, some women with IUDs have tried our steams and have reported great results, including reduced cramps during menstruation. However, we do not advocate steaming with an IUD, and doing so is at your own risk. Talk to your Gynecologist or Physician before attempting. We are not responsible for misplaced, dis-lodged or faulty IUD’s following your decision to steam with an IUD.

Why should a yoni steam not be done during menstruation?

During menstruation, the uterus is in its natural process of shedding and releasing. Because this is already an intense, downward moving energy, the added stimulation of a yoni steam may cause heavy bleeding and excess material to flow-out. For this reason, it is best to yoni steam on the weeks in which the uterus is in its more restful state.

Why should a yoni steam not be done during pregnancy?

Yoni steams encourage the uterine lining to shed any excess build up each month. This is important to note because, in the case of pregnancy, the uterine lining is built up to create a nourishing haven for a fertilized egg and growing fetus. Therefore, anything that causes the uterus to contract and cleanse itself, such as a yoni steam, should be avoided so that the lining stays intact.

What herbs are typically used to steam and why?

  • Mugwort: In addition to fighting infection through its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, mugwort balances female hormones and stimulates the production of hormones that help to maintain uterine health as well as protect the uterus from things such as ulcers and tumors. Mugwort steam opens the pores, allowing the beneficial herbs to penetrate the blood stream. In addition, mugwort helps to stimulate menstrual discharge and ease cramping.
  • Rosemary: An aromatic and antimicrobial herb, rosemary treats bacterial infection, speeds wound healing, inhibits yeast growth, and stimulates menstruation.
  • Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs we have, lavender supports healing, and it also promotes menstrual flow.
  • Yarrow: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, yarrow is great for regulating menstrual flow, treating ovarian cysts and supporting overall uterine health.
  • Motherwort: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, motherwort strengthens and relaxes uterine muscles, eases uterine cramping, and may help treat uterine fibroids. Motherwort stimulates uterine tone and blood flow.
  • Calendula: Aids in healing of scar tissue, vaginal tears, or hemorrhoids.
  • Rose Petals: A relaxing, uplifting, and astringent herb that is wonderful for pampering.

What should I expect after doing the steam?

Your menstrual cycle can and does change after doing a yoni steam.

Often, there is a great deal of material that is “encrusted” to the inside of your womb, which is expelled after doing the yoni steam. The herbs have a powerful effect on the uterus, dislodging much of what is stuck. Sometimes this means your flow will be very heavy, dark and thick for just a day or two, and other times it just extends the length of your period to get it all out. Ultimately, your next period will be much lighter and more pleasant than ever before.

Other than feeling relaxed and pampered, you should not expect to see results immediately after the steam (there will be no visible discharge at the time).

I had discharge or bleeding after I yoni steamed. What does this mean?

If you have a lot of “induration” (stuck material) inside your uterus, you can probably feel that it really wants and needs to come out. In this case, the herbal steam may immediately help to loosen it. This could result in the uterine lining shedding, which would of course mean bleeding, even if it is not the usual time of the month. Don’t be alarmed, even if a lot of material comes out over the next few days.

I experienced cramps after yoni steaming. Why would this be?

Again, if the lining of your uterine walls is indurated, there is likely a great deal of material left over from past cycles that needs to be released. With the support of the herbs, your uterus will begin to work hard to release the stuck material. Because your uterus contracts when it works, this could cause some discomfort in the short term, but there is no need to worry! Your future cycles should be more comfortable as a result.

Does yoni steaming really work?

There will always be those who doubt remedies that are not proven by modern science. However, yoni steaming is a remedy that has stood the test of time. For generations, women have shared their success stories among one another, and are only now beginning to share them with the world.

My doctor told me not to try vaginal steaming. Why would this be?

Some Western medical doctors may be resistant to the idea of vaginal steaming. This is not because the treatment is dangerous or ineffective. It is simply because this is an ancient remedy that is not taught in medical schools, and there are no scientific studies to “prove” it’s effectiveness, and Western doctors often feel quite uncomfortable about it as a result.

However, the women who utilize this treatment understand that millennia of women’s wisdom and testimonials are just as valid, if not more valuable, than a scientific study in a lab. We recommend that you ask your doctor his or her reasons for the resistance to the treatment to better understand if the recommendation to not steam is specifically related to your unique body, or is a general statement about the practice itself. Most importantly, listen to your own intuition as your guide

When is the best time of the month to steam?

You can steam at any time of the month, as long as you are not menstruating.

I am struggling with fertility challenges. Can yoni steaming help?

Yes! Fertility Steam has been seen by many women to support with fertility. There may be many reasons for fertility challenges, but one of those reasons is induration (buildup of material) on the uterine wall.

Yoni steaming helps to loosen that material and allow it to release through menstruation, making space for the fertilized egg to successfully attach itself. We recommend combining acupuncture therapy (see Root & Sky Wellness next door to us)–- for a dynamic approach that has brought many women success.

It is recommended to steam at least once per week, when you are not menstruating, for three months before expecting to see results. Do not try to conceive during the 3 months of yoni steam, as the cleansing action may prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. After the 3 months of yoni steaming and acupuncture, you may resume trying to conceive and hopefully have successful conception within one to three cycles.

I’m starting the IVF process soon — when should I stop steaming ?

Yoni steaming for a few months prior to IVF is a wonderful way to clear and prepare your womb for successful conception and a healthy conception. You should stop steaming about two cycles before your IVF process begins, to ensure that your uterus is no longer shedding excess lining once the process is underway.

How long after birth should I wait to steam?

We recommend waiting to do a Postpartum Steam until you are no longer bleeding. Spotting, with dark colored blood, is okay. Obviously, in cases of extreme bleeding or hemorrhaging, a yoni steam would be contraindicated.

There is not a point at which it is too late, as you will receive the benefits any time you decide to steam. Women who choose to do their first steam 4 or more months after giving birth often report getting their first cycle, even while still breastfeeding.

I have a uterine fibroid. How can vaginal steaming help me?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus. A vaginal steam may support this issue in that the medicinal properties of the herbs would help the uterus to shed the excess/non-essential tissue or cells, in this case the tumorous ones.

Our Menstrual Support steam contain Motherwort because this plant is thought to be especially useful for treating fibroids and polyps. The blend also contains calendula and pink rose petals, which serve to cleanse and nourish your healthy uterine tissue. The catch is, you should not steam while you are bleeding, especially while bleeding heavily, as is often the case with uterine fibroids. When you are not bleeding, you may try a vaginal steam to gently but effectively encourage the uterus to take care of itself.

How is vaginal steaming beneficial for women pre- or post menopause?

Yoni steaming is a wonderful treatment for pre and post-menopausal women, as it may help shed excess uterine material as well as keep you connected to your powerful creative center.

Our Menopausal Steam contains herbs that are specifically indicated to help cleanse the entire reproductive system and purge anything that is built up inside the uterus. It is suggested that women who have gone through menopause should still steam at least three times per year, and that likely, material will come out every time.

In addition, many have shared that steaming has helped with post-menopausal vaginal dryness, internal discomfort, and pain during intercourse.

I’ve had a partial or total hysterectomy. Are there any benefits of vaginal steaming for me?

Yoni 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 circulation, eliminating odor and eliminating bacterial infections such as yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, cervicitis and Trichomoniasis (according to the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism). Of course, it is also a wonderful way to relax and pamper yourself, which is always a lovely benefit.

Isn’t it contraindicated to steam if I have a bacterial infection (i.e. bladder infection, yeast infection, or bacterial vaginosis)?

On one hand, some say it is contraindicated to steam with any kind of bacterial infection because, in general, introducing heat and moisture to a bacterial infection is not the best way to treat it, and may make it worse.

On the other hand, if you are using antimicrobial (anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal) herbs like mugwort, rosemary, and lavender (which are all contained in our steam), the properties of which are carried by the steam into the pores, then you may be effectively treating the infection by killing the microbes that cause it.

We have heard several testimonials from women who have experienced rapid and thorough relief from yeast infections, bladder infections and bacterial vaginosis using the V steam. So, while you want to monitor your symptoms carefully to ensure they are not worsening, the steam is worth a try if you are experiencing chronic symptoms.

Does yoni steaming increase sex drive?

Yes, yoni steaming can increase sex drive! On an emotional level, yoni steaming supports a profound sense of self-love and increases our self-confidence (especially as it relates to our yonis!), which has great implications for a woman’s sex life.

On the physical level, yoni steaming increases circulation and increases lubrication, which is clearly great for the libido and sex life as well. In fact, the very act of steaming is slightly arousing, which helps us get turned on!

Can males steam?

Yes. Absolutely! In Sanskrit, the male counter part to Yoni is Lingam and translates to “wand of light”. Steaming can also help males with physical and mental healing. Steaming can shrink an enlarged prostate, improve prostate health, fight bacteria and infections, strengthen, cleanse, tone, increase circulation, and support relaxation. It is emotionally and energetically cleansing and purifying. The A Steam for men is invigorating and detoxifying. Aids in reducing muscle tension, inflammation and lactic acid for athletes. Improves cardiovascular performance and induces deeper sleep. Soothes pressure from hemorrhoids and assists in anal cleansing. Increases energy and enhancing general health.

Can couples steam?

Yes! It is a great way to spend a healthy, slightly racy, intimate couple’s spa day. A beautiful blend of herbs to harmonize and heal on a systemic level. Couples who steam together, stay together! This is a fun and unique time to bond and share sacred space with one another.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

This treatment is beneficial to women since the beginning of time.  While we are here to answer your questions, please keep in mind that our staff is not able to offer medical advice or provide consultation on personal health issues. Our knowledge is based on personal experiences, anecdotes, and research, but we are not qualified to give medical advice. To get support around your specific health concerns, send us an email at [email protected]

**Please note, Western doctors often do not have experience with holistic or ancient medicine, and therefore will have their doubts. Most importantly, please follow your own intuition as you make decisions about your body.