Care for your Pelvis, and your Soul
At Pelvic Soul, our mission is to help people of all genders foster confidence in their bodies through direct patient care and corporate consulting for pregnancy health, postpartum wellbeing, pelvic health, and sexual health.
We specialize in birth preparation, chronic pain management, men’s pelvic health, and transgender pelvic health. All our services are available at our Tampa Bay location, and through virtual care.
As a Pelvic Health Occupational Therapist, Sujata uses a mind-body approach to treat the whole individual, and not just their complaints.
Sujata brings her skills as an eternal student, researcher, and over 10 years of experience working in a variety of care settings, including in-patient acute care, outpatient therapy, aquatic therapy, early intervention and home healthcare to her clients.
In addition to Occupational Therapy care, which includes skilled intervention for physical and mental health needs, the spirituality of Sujata’s Eastern cultural upbringing reflects in her mind-body approach to treating pelvic floor conditions.
Sujata was recognized by the New York State Occupational Therapy Association with the Merit in Practice award for Pelvic Health (Nov 2021), and is the primary clinical investigator in an active research study being conducted with West Coast University.
Sujata is a lover of coffee, binge watching Netflix on the couch, and spending time exploring Tampa Bay with her family. Sujata also authored a book – “Not Just Kegels – The Exhausted Mama’s Guide to Pregnancy & Postnatal Wellness” that ranked #1 on Amazon’s Pregnancy & Childbirth list.
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You may benefit from Pelvic Floor Therapy if you answer yes to any of the following:
– Do you experience any leakage of stool or urine?
– Is it difficult to hold your urine or stool in before reaching the toilet?
– Do you empty your bladder frequently, before you experience the desire to pass urine, just so you stay dry?
– Do you have difficulty fully emptying your bladder or bowel?
– Are you pregnant and experiencing pelvic girdle pain?
– Have you recently given birth?
– Do you feel a heaviness in your pelvic area, making bladder & bowel emptying difficult?
– Do you avoid intimacy because of pain or fear of pain?
– Have you not been able to return to your pre-pregnancy fitness levels?
As an out-of-network provider, we are not limited by the constraints set forth by health insurance plans. We serve our clients, and not their insurance companies – allowing us to spend the time needed to reach client goals without the restrictions of insurance providers.
Payment is due at time of booking your appointment, and we are happy to assist with applying for insurance reimbursement. If your health insurance plan offers out-of-network benefits, you may be reimbursed in part or full.
We accept health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) cards.
Our model of care allows for improved client satisfaction and faster results due to the individualized care provided. Treatment is personalized to each individual, however, on average, clients only need one visit a week and are feeling better within 1-3 visits.
Once you schedule your first appointment, you will receive 3 electronic intake forms.
Your therapist will complete a detailed pelvic floor evaluation at the first visit, including, but not limited to, a review of your medical history, discussion of your current issues, and a physical examination, followed by creation of a treatment plan and home exercise program. Based upon your complaints, an internal pelvic exam may be necessary. However, your comfort and consent are paramount, and internal examinations & treatments may be declined.
Entry-level Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy practitioners receive very basic training in Pelvic Health as part of their education. Practitioners of both disciplines pursue post-professional continuing education to grow their skills in the specialty treatment area of Pelvic Floor Health.
As a Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist, Sujata Martin MS OTR/L, is able to use all of the internal & external manual techniques employed by other Pelvic Floor Health Practitioners. In addition, her Occupational Therapy education in Psychology, Behavioral Health, and Sexuality enable her to treat the psychological and emotional aspects of Pelvic Floor Health & Wellness.
No, you do not need a referral or script from your medical care provider (OBGYN, PCP, Midwife, Urologist etc) to be seen for pelvic floor therapy in our Tampa Bay office or for Telehealth. Please be aware, that if you plan to submit for out-of-network coverage through insurance, a script or referral may be required by your insurance company. If this is the case, we can assist you with acquiring it.