Welcome to April Bolding's website
Contact April: info"at"aprilbolding.com; P: 206.355.5639. F: 206.708.1373
Women's Health Physical Therapy
April runs a private practice with a specialized team of practitioners, providing much needed care to women. They use an integrative, compassionate approach to help women with issues such as prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, abdominal pain, pre and post childbirth. We love working with women in any stage of their lives! Because their background and special PT training in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, as well as in the pelvic bowl and abdomen, their goal is to provide physical therapy to as many pregnant and post-birth mothers as possible. This hard-working population is under-referred and under-served as a whole. In other developed countries, it is a given that a woman be seen by a physiotherapist during this time. Women undergo tremendous change on all levels within the childbearing year and their bodies need specialized attention to prepare for and rehabilitate from the Olympic event of pregnancy and childbirth.
They see clients in April's home healing space in West Seattle. This allows for more personalized attention in a private, safe space. They intentionally have transitioned out of a formal clinic setting so they can focus less on paperwork and documentation and more on YOU. They accept private pay for this (cash/checks) as well as accepts some major insurance plans, including Regence, Premera, Lifewise, Cigna, FirstChoice, Group Health PPO.
To honor their client's commitment to pay for their own healing, April donates a portion of what she receives from clients to help other women heal. Regular donations are made to organizations that help women and children, including: New Beginnings (they provide shelter, advocacy and support for women and children affected by domestic violence); GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth); Open Arms Perinatal Services (they provide community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum).
Read more about how Women's Health physical therapy works to help you restore optimal function.
NEW! Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Pelvic Health Program
The Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Pelvic Health Program was developed by Dr. April Bolding, PT, CCE, CD. It is a holistic healing kit that guides you to health and more optimal pelvic floor function. It was created to help people prepare for childbirth and heal after birth as well as heal from pelvic trauma, pelvic pain, leakage, prolapse. Every aspect of this product was inspired by, made by and tested by women who worked to overcome their own pelvic issues. They’ve been through it and want you to know that you don’t have to live in silence, shame or resignation about pelvic floor difficulties. We can help each other.
Phoenix Heart ARISE™ healing kit in includes:
--Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment guide
--Handmade heart-shaped rice pack (single or double heart) designed to protect tailbone
--Washable cover (only natural fibers are used)
--Healing pad/insert designed to soothe and neutralize charged energy
--Audio program that takes you step by step through the ARISE steps to pelvic floor health
--A booklet describing the program
--Seeds of affirmations designed to inspire & heal
--Handmade goddess pendant
--Surprise offerings to enhance the experience of this ritual (including a unique essential oil blend, blessed salt)
Baby girl born pretty quickly today with no tearing/stitches. They said I very calmly controlled the last pushes. : ) Thanks for your visualization!
--Text from a Mother who used Phoenix Heart and birth preparation audio in the weeks preceding birth, Fall 2016
April's Phoenix Heart heating pad has changed my life! I've endured abdominal and pelvic pain for years without relief. I used to rely on ibuprofen to get me through my days and nights, but with the heating pad, I'm finally medicine free! The Phoenix Heart is the perfect size, shape, and support for my pelvic floor and abdomen. Two minutes in the microwave and my pains melt away. I'm eternally grateful for the Phoenix Heart and relief it's given me.
I love it so much I have two!
--Olivia Joy, physical therapy client who started using her Phoenix Hearts in Summer 2016
Every Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Healing kit purchased makes it possible for us to donate to survivors of abuse and sexual assault. Keep the circle of healing going by participating in the One for Her program. This is where you can purchase one or more Phoenix Heart kits for a women in need.
Maya Abdominal Therapy
April offers Maya Abdominal Therapy treatments privately by appointment. Often called Maya abdominal massage, the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ includes massage but it is it broader in scope. It can help clients with fertility, menstruation, pregnancy/postpartum, digestive issues as well as prolapse, incontinence, fibroids, endometriosis and prostate difficulties. Read more
April, our Women's Health specialist, is a transformer of lives. Her patients run the range from prenatal women, post pregnancy and women with sexual dysfunction and incontinence. April treats women dealing with the most personal medical conditions. I have heard their feelings of helplessness. It is an honor to watch them bloom, as what once seemed impossible has become their reality. Her treatment has allowed women to rekindle their sexual connection with their spouses due to surgical scarring, trauma or childbirth. She has taught pelvic floor exercises to women dealing with prolapse or incontinence and has given back their independence and QUALITY of life. She also has the most loyal patient base that consistently fills her schedule.
~Sandra, front desk coordinator at Highline Physical Therapy
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn - 2016 Edition
The 5th edition of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham and Bolding was released in 2016. This edition has the latest medical information, including an updated discussion on nutrition and fitness during pregnancy, new information on complementary medicine approaches, updated research-based information on interventions during childbirth, revised statistics and discussion on cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), an extensive discussion on informed decision-making, plus much more. Every section of the book has been revised, updated and expanded. We've even added the PCNGuide companion website.
It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy. It tells you what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, and how you can work with you caregiver to make childbirth an enjoyable and healthy experience.
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is the ultimate guide to all aspects of birthing. This book is a must for all pregnant women and those who love them!
--Christiane Northrup, MD, Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
Women can only make informed choices when they are able to get comprehensive information on the many decisions that come up during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. This book provides such information.
I heartily recommend it to all pregnant women!
--Ina May Gaskin, Author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Proud of Macklemore!
Many of you know that I had the privilege of being Ben and Tricia Haggerty's childbirth educator and birth doula for the birth of their daughter Sloane Ava Simone in 2015. While Tricia was creating a baby, Ben was creating music. Both were creating space in their lives for this transformation into parenthood. I am so proud of them for doing what they do for each other, their daughter while doing things to raise up the world. After seeing another great interview today with Ben trying to keep it real within the destabilizing context of fame, I'm inspired to post some of the great things M&RL and family/team do. Some of it will be about their transition to parenthood. There will be nothing I share here that isn't already public or that I haven't gotten permission to post. I sincerely love Ben, Tricia and Sloane and feel I want to use my (humble) platform to support them.
Photo above: Liner notes from 2016 CD This Unruly Mess I've Made; Sloane's birth with Tricia, Ben, midwife Tina Tsiakalis, doula April Bolding.
Childbirth Preparation Classes
April teaches a variety of childbirth preparation classes:
- Private childbirth preparation classes for first-time parents
- Private refresher classes for experienced mothers/couples
- A 7-week birth preparation series for women/couples planning to birth in the home or at a free-standing birth center
April was our guide into parenthood. We met her as our childbirth instructor and asked her to be our doula. We were drawn to her deep level of expertise, her wit and humor, and the evident significance of love, acceptance, and intuition in her life and in her work. From building our birth plan, to sharing clues that labor was on its way, to the actual childbirth and delivery, she was a confident advocate that birth is a celebration and that we would be ready to be parents.
--Jeanne & David, expectant parents in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class and doula clients, Spring 2009