Male Pelvic Floor: Advanced Massage and Bodywork for Tension, Dysfunction, and Pain

Consulting Services

I frequently hear from men who tell me how difficult it is for them to find reliable, relevant and useful information about the male pelvic floor and associated dysfunctions. This applies to information obtained via the internet as well as from medical professionals.

"I've learned more from you than from all of the doctors and urologists I've seen in [a major U.S. city]. You have been uniquely helpful to me." - M. G.

The internet is certainly overflowing with information, but how do you tell what is opinion and conjecture as opposed to knowledge that is accurate, useful, and solidly grounded in a full understanding of the anatomy, function, dysfunction, and treatment of the male pelvic floor? Likewise, many men describe their visits to general practitioners, urologists, or other medical specialists - and the multiple evaluations, tests, and prescriptions that follow - all too often resulting in no clear diagnosis, no explanation of causes, and few, if any, useful ideas for improving or resolving their difficulties.

Medical professionals are very good at discounting or ignoring what they don't understand, especially when the pharmaceutical and surgical tools they employ yield no results. After months or even years of receiving little help or guidance, with no other options readily apparent, many men are understandably left with feelings of discouragement, anxiety, frustration and isolation - or worse, anger, depression and hopelessness. While these feelings are understandable, directing the energy behind these feelings into 'action' can be instrumental in making progress. The most beneficial actions are acquiring accurate information about your condition, understanding its context, and arming yourself with as many self-help tools as you can.

"Once again, thank you very much for taking the time and effort to speak with me, our discussion was more than just useful, it was really helpful for me moving forward." - T. P.

Some men from other cities, states, or countries are able to travel to San Francisco to see me in person, but for the vast majority of non-locals who read my website and are interested in my services, this is usually not possible. For these men, a phone consultation can be an excellent alternative. There is great value in fully telling your story, being heard and understood, and being empowered with relevant and useful information. This will help you make sense of your situation and become aware of actions you can take to reduce and better manage symptoms, improve function, and move toward resolution.

For some survivors of sexual or physical abuse, the act of being touched, however skilled, can feel unsafe and trigger memories, defences, and other unwanted responses. A phone consultation can be a safe and effective way to begin the process of re-engaging an area that may feel 'stuck', closed off, and of little vitality.

While the majority of men who consult with me are experiencing some degree of pelvic floor related pain or dysfunction, I am open to discussing any topic related to the male pelvic floor. There is a wealth of information that can be useful to all men.

How a Typical Consultation Unfolds

"I really appreciate you taking the time to give me some advice and giving me some knowledge based on what I presented to you. I really feel like you explained everything perfectly." - B. H.

While there is no rigid structure to most consultations, there are several common components that are important to ensure the best outcome. Essential in this regard is a good overview of your background information: approximate date of onset and initiating factors; symptoms and how they have evolved; medical evaluations, tests, diagnoses, and treatments to date; and your current status. Also useful for me to know is what information you have learned from other sources (books, websites, articles, or other information resources), and from personal experience such as what makes your symptoms worse and what makes them better. In addition, your observations and thoughts as to why this situation has occurred, why it is continuing, and what your body may be telling you are often useful seeds from which further clarity and understanding can be gained. Nuances and details are important, as they will inform my thought processes and responses so I can better assist you. The more you can articulate these things, the clearer your road forward will be.

"Firstly, I would like to say that you have a very good way of explaining things in a way I can understand. [...] Thank you again for your time, you have been very kind and thoughtful. Your passion for your work and helping people is very obvious in the way you conduct yourself. It certainly put a smile on my face this morning, knowing that someone has, at last, listened to and understands me!" - M. S.

The discussion that follows will usually revolve around one of the most common questions men have: "What is going on in my body?". As information is exchanged, you can begin to get a better understanding of your symptoms, including what may have initiated them, why they are continuing, the role that the pelvic floor, pelvic, lower abdominal, and thigh muscles may be playing, and the mental and emotional components that often are so very relevant. As our dialogue continues, fresh avenues of inquiry often arise, leading to further clarification. The more information you acquire and self-awareness you attain, the better positioned you will be to choose the most appropriate and effective paths to achieve your goals.

"Thank you so much for your help. [...] No one has given me this much hope. Thank God I found your web page." - T.G.

Another common question men have is "What steps can I take to better manage or resolve my symptoms?". There are a number of things I may suggest. These could include: simple ways you can do a few basic assessments of your pelvic floor; positions and movements to become more aware of these muscles and, importantly, how to begin to feel the difference between an open, relaxed pelvic floor and a closed, tight one; suggestions for improving pelvic floor strength and endurance; ideas to better manage symptom flare up; practical resources such as books and websites that can give you further knowledge and greatly expand the number of self-help tools available to you; and in some cases, contacts or referrals for more information and/or manual therapy in your area or country. A number of other suggestions may be made depending on your specific situation.

Last, but not least, is validation and encouragement. Recognition, understanding, and meaningful support are often sorely lacking when the medical community is presented with male pelvic floor issues and related dysfunctions, yet in my view they are key aspects of the therapeutic process. Back to top

"[This payment] is a token of my gratitude for your time and excellent website. [...] You were very patient in hearing my case and very comforting in your analysis and [advice]. I thank you immensely for the work you do." - S. L.

Setting Up a Consultation

Consultations can be set up by phone 415 - 626 - 7095 or via email corebodywork@gmail.com. We can discuss potential days and times, keeping in mind the time zone differences that may exist depending on what part of the world you are in (I am located in the Pacific Time Zone in the U.S.). If we set up the consultation via email I will ask for the phone number from which you will be calling so that other calls that may come in at that time can be put through to a message system. If you will be calling from another country, the U.S. country code is 001.

How Much Time?

"You are such a professional! I'm so thankful that you described your thoughts to me in detail." - L. G.

It is difficult for either of us to know with any certainty how much time would be appropriate. It is important to allow adequate time for you to fully relate your history relative to your symptoms, for me to offer information to help you understand your condition as I see it, and for us to discuss useful suggestions for moving forward. I have a one hour minimum for each consultation, but many extend to two or even three hours. As described below, payment is made in advance for the first hour. Back to top

Follow Up

"The information you have given me was very beneficial. I cannot thank you enough for helping me out. [...] It really has helped me live a healthier lifestyle." - J. C.

Some men consult with me more than once over a period of time as their situation changes, new information emerges, or fresh questions present themselves. Whether the consultation process is singular or multiple, however, I am always interested in my clients' progress. An email update after a few weeks or months is purely voluntary, but is appreciated and lets me know which aspects of the consultation were most beneficial.

Consultation Rates and Method of Payment

"Thank God for helping me find you and you referring me to that website. You helped save my life. God Bless You." - M. B.

My consultation fee is $90 for the initial minimum of one hour, with additional time added in 15 minute increments and pro-rated accordingly. Payment for the first hour must be received at least 24 hours in advance of our scheduled consultation.

Payment is made through PayPal or Square. For U.S. citizens, a personal check may be an acceptable alternative in some circumstances, which takes additional time to allow for mailing and processing.

"You've already changed my life with your first piece of advice [...]. Thank you once again."
- W. E.

DISCLAIMER

I am not a medical doctor. I do not diagnose, and any information I give during a consultation is not to be construed as medical advice. Most men who consult with me have already seen several physicians and had a number of medical tests that can rule out serious pathology. This is important information, so please consider a medical evaluation if you have not already done so. Back to top

"Hi Jeff! Thanks again for your time to talk on the phone today and all the insight and advice you gave. I shared all you said with [her husband]
after we talked and he was encouraged from it."
- L. J.


"Thank you so much for your [suggestions]. I really wish more than ever that I lived in your area, because you are the intelligent and caring
therapist I've been looking for."
- M. J.


"Jeff, I want to thank you for your time, thoughts, and insight as all are greatly appreciated." - S. S.