I’m so glad you’re curious to explore another way. Pour yourself a cuppa, get comfy, and let’s get to know each other…
A Familiar Story
Remember when you got your first period and you didn’t know this new body that you were experiencing?
When every month you dreaded your period coming – drowning in the pain, the heavy blood loss, eating crap, swamped by the mood swings and soldiering through the daily grind? And all the while, on the inside, you were silently screaming for help, popping pain killers to get through.
If you know this story all too well, then we’ve got a lot in common.
Because I was that girl.
Along the way I’ve learned a lot about menstrual health and proper period care. I’m still learning and I marvel at the magic and wisdom that downloads every single month. I feel like I’ve been training and preparing all of these years to be able to now share it here with you, in my blog posts, on social media, through my guided meditations and consultations.
If we haven’t met before, I’m Marisa. And I’m that trustworthy friend you always wished could accompany you on your healing journey.
I believe that periods are powerful and meditation is the path to freedom.
A major part of female empowerment is the recognition and respect of our body and its rhythms. The knowledge that our pelvis is a source of creation, a container of power, and when we return home to this power centre, we have the wisdom to create the lives we want.
My mission is to help women rediscover their bodies and reconnect with an ancient wisdom. The way we practice self care, the movement we make and the thoughts that we welcome all contribute to our reality.
Many of us may also have forgotten our deep connection to the moon with its four lunar phases and may not know how to harness this energy with their menstrual cycle to create the life of their dreams.
This wisdom is not just for the women…the men in our lives need to know it too – whether it’s to support their daughters, partners, mothers, female relatives or female colleagues.
It’s my dream that women everywhere will wake up each morning feeling good in their body and thinking, “I’m so powerful!” And let me tell you beautiful – you are!
Read more about my story
I’m glad you want to find out more about me and my journey.
My intention is to share my knowledge and wisdom to help you become the most vibrant and powerful version of yourself.
I am a vaginal steam facilitator, yoga teacher, massage therapist – always curious, a truth seeking, courageous global citizen who is on an adventure with my husband and two incredible daughters. I wake up each morning with the intention of being kind, being open to life’s lessons and contributing where I am called.
I believe we came here to live a full life and share our unique gift with the world.
And I believe that we create our own menstrual and mental health through our self love practices.
I have to be honest with you, I haven’t always been on a spiritual journey – embracing meditation and listening to the wisdom inside my womb. Raised in the UK in the 50s by Irish Catholic immigrants, my mother hadn’t exactly been nourished with much period talk or female empowerment messages so when, at aged 13, my period started, I felt unprepared and with so many questions left unanswered.
The experience of my period was heavy and painful from the beginning. I quit the swim team because I couldn’t get my head around using tampons (I thought they had to be worn on the outside squeezed between the lips!) and decided like many many girls – my period was a monthly curse to be endured and keep quiet about.
I grew up in Zambia and kept my head emotionally buried in the sand, pursing a career in accountancy until I decided to pack it all and go traveling. I got a sense something was missing in my life and began to pick up life skills along my travels that would become significant down the road (though this certainly wasn’t clear to me at the time) – massage therapist, yoga teacher, NLP practitioner and portrait photographer.
It took becoming a mother at 29 after pre-eclampsia, an emergency c-section delivery (when I had my heart set on a home water birth), postnatal depression, high blood pressure and a depleted sex drive to floor me.
It was my wake up call…
I realised I had to take back control of my health, my life and my happiness.
I had some pretty big realisations during that phase of my life
- I realised that the experience of my pregnancy and how my daughter came into the world was all in Divine Order and filled with gifts for me to discover instead of resist and feel pity over
- I realised that prior to getting pregnant my body had been a time bomb ticking and waiting for something to blow – debilitating period cramps and big clots, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, depression, recurring thrush, bouts of eczema in patches over my body – my body was screaming at me to STOP and listen in
- I realised that I had no idea what proper period care was
- I realised that I had no idea what proper nutrition was
- I realised that I had to introduce more movement into my life
- I realised I was the only person that could help me
- I realised that the decision to live my best life lay with me
- I realised I had to stop looking outside of myself to find happiness and start to connect with my inner self, my truth, my spirit
Being the curious researcher that I am, I set to work empowering myself with knowledge to support me on my journey. I trained with Dr Brenda Davies for two years completing the Diploma in Spiritual Development where I learnt about the energy systems in the body and how to clear trauma blockages. After attending an evening workshop led by Red School, something ignited and a seed was planted for me that periods didn’t have to be painful or surrounded by so much shame. After this, I read every book I could get my hands on about menstrual health and period power and things started to shift.
My blood pressure returned to normal and I made some big life decisions. I moved countries with my daughter and husband from the UK to Turks & Caicos. I started teaching yoga regularly and trained as a Culinary Nutritionist. For the first time in my life I was experiencing levels of wellness, fitness and happiness that were new to me. It seemed like my life was on a wonderful new trajectory. I got pregnant again and during my first scan I was diagnosed with a cyst on my left ovary. I thought nothing of it until two years after the birth of my second daughter when the recurring abdominal pain got too much to ignore. A scan confirmed the cyst was still there and not going anywhere so surgery was recommended. The high blood pressure was also back and not showing any signs of shifting.
I got my second wake up call…
My maternal grandmother died at age 49 of cancer that started in her ovaries and my mother lost her whole uterus and ovaries at age 38 after stage three cancer developed in her uterus. Surgery wasn’t an option in my mind.
I was determined to heal my womb naturally and get my health and life sorted.
It was a scary predicament to be facing, yet I knew in my generation I was equipped with different life skills. Through my studies of mind body medicine and my own continued self development work I was learning that everything is here to teach us something if we are open to the growth lesson. I began to recognise the power of the mind and the causes of disEASE in the body. Life was offering me an opportunity, so I set to work researching feminine health and discovered Keli Garza at the Peristeam Hydrotheraphy Institute in California.
A few minutes into my first steam I knew I had found the ancient wisdom I had been seeking all my life.
I signed up for the vaginal steam facilitator course, devoured the information and began steaming daily. I became obsessed with sharing everything I was realising and could never have imagined what has unfolded for me since then. Stuff beyond my wildest dreams.
My journey with steaming and healing my womb through inner work, yoga and meditation continues as I’m working my way through the Peristeam Hydrotheraphy training, and I would love to welcome you to travel on this path with me. My goal is to empower you in your menstrual health and womb wisdom. To help you fall head over heels back in love with the Goddess within, to turn up the volume of your own inner guidance and wisdom.
When I began this journey I sure as hell didn’t love my period, but I have learnt how to fall in love with it, to understand it, connect with my body’s rhythms and to truly care for myself.
I’m feeding my mind, my body and my spirit the best, most nourishing things that Mother Nature has to offer. I would love to share this journey of mastering your womb wisdom, transforming your period through proper period care, and falling wildly in love with yourself.
If you are still reading, thank you. I’m so excited to support your growth. The best way to stay up to date is by joining the tribe at the bottom of this page.
A percentage of all consultation fees will go towards VisionZambia who support a woman’s group in Zambia to make reusable sanitary pads for the women of Linda Compound and beyond. Many young girls in Zambia miss out on education due to the lack of adequate sanitary ware.
In supporting these women, VisionZambia is helping the wider community because it is the women who care for neighbours, nourish the children and nurture the land. It is my hope that these women’s groups will continue to organise themselves, receive the training they need and pass it on to their friends, and to save enough money to support their own development in the future.
Originally from Zambia, Marisa has been pursuing a path of wellness since 2005 when she trained as a massage therapist. She lived in the UK from 1999 – 2014, and now resides in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.
- In 2004, she completed her bachelors in Accountancy with Business Information Systems at the University of Manchester.
- In 2005, she completed her Diploma in Holistic Massage with Wilbury School of Massage.
- In 2006, she completed the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Training in Neyyar Dam, India.
- In 2014, she completed her Diploma in Spiritual Development with Dr Brenda Davies in the UK.
- In 2015, with her husband she Co-Founded Windward Lodge, an Airbnb short term rental space that provides a retreat space for tourists in Turks & Caicos.
- In 2017 she trained as a Culinary Nutritionist with the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.
- In 2019 she trained as a Vaginal Steam Facilitator with Keli Garza at the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute and is currently completing her Peristeam Hydrotherapist Training.
- in 2022 she completed her Abdominal Therapy for Professionals Part 1 and Part 2 with the Abdominal Therapy Collective.
Her yoga classes integrate creative flowing sequences with meditation, chanting, good music and spiritual philosophy. She is known for her deeply calming voice, gentleness, passion, sincerity and enthusiasm. Her yoga teaching has a Scaravelli based approach based on her studies with Dot Bowen, Marc Wolford and Diane Long.
With a deep commitment to empowering others to experiencing the best version of themselves, Marisa believes that change is possible for everyone. She strives to inspire others to reclaim their power, step into their truth, live with intention, and move in the direction of their dreams.
She mainly focuses on raising her two daughters, massaging, offering steaming consultations, leading retreats and classes in Turks & Caicos and Zambia, as well as managing Windward Lodge.
Speaking and Events
Marisa is available for bookings for keynote presentations, workshops, Q&A style live events, festivals, conferences, educational talks in schools, intimate gatherings and more.