Dr. Mandi Murtaugh

Community of Healers Continued: Dr. Mandi Murtaugh, PT, DPT

Every sex therapist knows that having a skilled pelvic floor physical therapist in your community circle is key to providing quality care.

I am lucky enough to have Dr. Mandi Murtaugh in my circle.

Over the last few years,  I have encouraged many of my clients struggling with pelvic pain, especially pain with intercourse, to work with this amazing physical therapist.

Every client I have sent along to Dr. Mandi has reaped the benefits of working with this exceptionally skilled physical therapist.

Some of these benefits are:

  • increased knowledge of how one’s pelvic floor and sexual anatomy functions
  • a more in-depth understanding about sex, desire, and arousal
  • increased comfort and unconditional acceptance of their body (especially their genitals)
  • increased satisfying, positive,  and pain-free sexual experiences

In addition to understanding the complexities of the physical body, Dr. Mandi is intuitively wise about how the physical body is influenced by many other factors such as:

  • one’s emotional/mental/psychological experiences
  • one’s relational and life experiences
  • one’s socio-cultural conditioning

She knows that all aspects of a client’s life are being influenced by, and also influencing, their physical experience.

I will let Dr. Mandi describe to you in her own words who she is and how she works:

“I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy, trained in a western medical model to treat the physical body. However, I’ve spent most of my career working in women’s/pelvic health, and realized early on that no person comes in with just physical issues, and that we can’t disentangle the emotional, mental, and psychological impact of life and stress and trauma when we are treating a whole human.

My work does treat physical symptoms–typically related to bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction–but I  see the whole person in all their complexity as we work together.

Common issues my patients seek treatment for include: bladder leakage or urgency, painful sex, bowel issues like constipation, or any assortment of discomforts related to pregnancy and postpartum.

I also see a lot more people coming proactively during pregnancy with a desire to prepare their pelvic floor for delivery and recover from birth as empowered as they can, even if they don’t have any “symptoms” per se.

One of my biggest passions is working with people who have difficulty with intercourse–most commonly having pain with penetration or who are unable to tolerate it at all. There are a number of physical components related to this, most often tension held in the pelvic floor, but I often find people also have a disconnection from this part of their body.

My work in the clinic involves a lot of education (most of which was skipped over in sex ed!) about our bodies, breath work directed toward the pelvic floor, and as appropriate, an internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles. I don’t use a speculum or stirrups–this isn’t a gynecologic exam, but rather feeling the actual muscles of the pelvic floor through the vagina to teach a person about how to squeeze them and relax them.

I also use manual therapy or vaginal massage to release tension–these muscles can have knots or trigger points just like the muscles in your neck or shoulders.

I also incorporate yoga into my work with patients and give them simple and doable exercises to take action on their own to manage their symptoms.”

So, check out this amazing community healer, who offers so much to everyone who walks into her office.

You will be glad you did.

Dr. Mandi will also be a guest teacher in my upcoming Recovering from Purity Culture and Sexual Shame online group. 

So if you want to meet her in this setting go here to register.

I am so grateful that I have colleagues like Dr. Mandi working alongside me in creating a more erotically liberated world for all.

As always, peace in the journey,

P.S. To reach Dr. Mandi go to:   www.drmandimurtaugh.com

P.P.S. Follow her on Instagram: @drmandimurtaugh

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Jane Ryan

Jane Ryan, M.A., LMFT, is a Licensed Couples and Family Therapist with twenty years of clinical experience. She specializes in intimate relationships, sexual challenges, sacred sexuality, and helping clients embrace their true erotic nature. She supports women in discovering their most radiant, vibrant and powerful feminine essence.