“Willow Sophia Bah, founder of Red Roots Wombyn, is a Uterine Abdominal Support Practitioner, and is currently training as an Ayurvedic Physician, with a focus on Women’s Health and Gynecology. Willow weaves a trauma-informed lens into her practice so that all women feel safe and empowered in her care. She strives to offer a space similar to that of the womb. A space that is safe, soft, warm, fluid, and reflective of each woman’s individual intuitive wisdom.”
About Willow Bah
There is a deep tenderness in Willow Bah’s heart for the cycles and transitions Women experience. Willow had over a decade of severe health challenges, most stemming from the aftermath of trauma and its manifestations in the body. Willow was in and out of the hospital for years. She has been profoundly changed by the medicine she found on her way to wellness, and is incredibly passionate about supporting Women through their healing. Willow approaches each patient with tenderness, warmth, and an empathy for suffering that blossoms from her own experience. Willow is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and honoring of Women of Color and their unique experiences in the world. Willow is committed to intersectional feminism, and its imperative place in her practice. Willow acknowledges white privilege in our society, and in herself, and continues to work to educate herself, and to listen to Women of Color, and then to listen some more. When Willow is not immersing herself in her love for supporting Women, she is cuddling up with the 2 loves her of her life, her puppy, and her husband of over 7 years.
After choosing to devote my life’s work to supporting Women, I realized I would also be devoting my life’s work to supporting survivors. At least some of the time. I’ve learned that I don’t need to know if you are a survivor, or if you are not. I don’t need to know if you have experienced trauma, or if you have not. Women should always get to choose how they disclose, if they disclose, and to whom they disclose. If a Woman chooses to share this with me, ever, at any point in our time together, I honor this deeply, and I hold space for the vulnerability and the trust that has emerged to allow this to come forth. And if she never discloses, I honor this just as deeply. I honor that she gets to choose how to tell her story, and with whom to share it with, and when, if ever. Because if nothing else, she should get to choose this. I know that I work with survivors every day that I step into my office, and sometimes it is disclosed to me, and sometimes it is not. And it’s not my intention to note this, rather it is my intention to create an environment that allows all Women, with all experiences, and backgrounds, to feel safe, to feel heard, to have choice, and to take up space, in whatever way feels safe and authentic for them.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I knew after I decided I wanted to work with Women, it would be imperative to know how to support Survivors. I knew I would need to have the resources to support the layered experiences of personal, generational, and collective societal trauma that Women carry in their bodies. I also realized how important this work was to me, after trying to find support on my own journey of healing, after living through my own experiences of assault. I realized that there weren’t many resources available. I realized that not many people were trained on how to show up in a way that felt safe. I realized that what feels safe for one Woman, can feel unsafe for another. I wanted to be able to create a space that would meet each Woman where she is at, a space that would support all of the experiences that have formed her into being. For these reasons, supporting survivors has weaved its way into my world, shaping my existence, and inspiring my life’s work. And for this, I am so very grateful.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
I truly believe that if you get nothing else from our time together, at the very least, I want you to feel safe. Trauma informed care can look different for everyone, because what makes one Woman feel safe, has the potential to make another Woman feel unsafe. It is my responsibility and my passionate commitment to my clients, to have an ever expanding knowledge of the effects of trauma on the body, mind, and heart, and to have the awareness of how to navigate the added layers of needed support for every Woman who chooses to come into my office. I believe that you must support the nervous system, if you want to heal any and every ailment in the body. I have dedicated my work to learning how to nourish and rebuild the nervous system, how to balance it, in relationship to any other pathology that needs to be addressed within the body. This means I choose foods that ground the nervous system, I choose herbs that rebuild it, I choose breathing practices that sooth it, bodywork techniques that are repetitive and predictable, so the nervous system can rest and repair during treatment. Trauma informed care infuses the language that I use, the placement of seating in the room, the music, the temperature… everything is chosen with the nervous system in mind. If I do not have the resources needed to support a particular client, I commit to trying to find other practitioners instead of, or in addition to, our work together, to the best of my ability.
Ayurveda is the oldest known system of medicine. Ayurvedic support addresses the health and well being of patients through preventative care, tending to the root of the pathology, while simultaneously providing relief from corresponding symptoms. Ayurvedic Support varies on the needs of each individual patient, sourcing non invasive techniques such as: appropriate foods as medicine, accompanying herbal supports, body therapies, and emotional wellness.
Uterine Abdominal Support is offered externally by gently guiding and supporting organs back into their optimal position, allowing for improved functioning for optimal health and wellness. It is best known for addressing misalignment or congestion in the reproductive organs as well as many common digestive disorders. The techniques effectively alleviate tissue congestion and organ constriction to improve the vital flows of energy, blood, lymph and nerves in the abdomen. It addresses and can release emotional and energetic tension from the abdomen. This assists to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology while improving the body’s ability to self repair and balance. Uterine Abdominal Support enhances health and wellness throughout a Woman’s life cycles.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Sexual Violence
Ayurvedic support addresses all layers of the effects of trauma on the body, mind, heart, and nervous system. Varying foods, herbs, oils, bodywork techniques, breathing and movement practices are suggested and formulated for each individual Woman based on her specific needs. All recommended treatment plans are adjusted as each Woman shifts in relationship with herself and her unique healing journey. Ayurvedic medicine and its foundation, acknowledges the deep innate connection of the nervous system and the reproductive system. We begin to nourish the womb in safe and approachable ways, by strengthening and rebuilding the nervous system. I believe there is a beauty and a sweetness in this.
Uterine Abdominal Support addresses physical and emotional layers of trauma in the body and heart. When the body experiences trauma, the Uterus can often move out of place within the pelvis. External practices allow for a gentle re-integration of this ecosystem in the body. The placement of the Uterus within the pelvis affects hormone levels, menstruation, lymph, blood, fertility, menopause, breast health, digestive health, and so on. A displaced Uterus can cause lymph and blood stagnation, ovarian cysts, fibroids, painful menstruation etc. Stagnation in the space where the womb once was, is also common in cases of trauma, for sisters having had hysterectomies. On an emotional level, this practice has the possibility to allow some Women a reclaiming of their bodies, and an invitation for safe connection to a place that has often felt unsafe/numb/painful/etc.
Most things in a session can be modified to create a safe and supportive environment. The lighting, the temperature, the music, the placement of seating in the room, the draping for bodywork, the scents in the room, my positioning in the room. A client will always be supported in the knowing that she knows her body and her being better than I ever could, and I will invite her to lean into this throughout our time together by giving space for choice in all moments. It is my hope to create a grounded and safe container, what we fill that container with to best support each client and their needs, is ultimately up to them. Sometimes we must even rebuild the container together, to better meet their needs. If a client gets nothing else from our time together, at the very minimum, I strive to offer her a safe space.
I am able to offer a sliding-scale for services.