The Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Healing 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.  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.  Listen to the Phoenix Heart ARISE Introduction now!

Experiencing the Phoenix Heart and listening to Dr. Bolding's guided meditations was a real awakening for me.  It feels like the beginning of a new life.  I felt so held and nurtured as it lead me on a journey of true understanding.  I feel free in my body.  I have access to places that have been stuck for a long, long time.  This has led to a feeling of true happiness.

--Participant in a group Phoenix Heart ARISE Healing session, Winter 2017

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Phoenix Heart ARISE  healing kit in includes:

--Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment guide
--Handmade heart-shaped rice pack (single or double Penny Heart) designed to protect tailbone
--Washable cover (only natural fibers are used)
--Healing pad/insert designed to soothe and neutralize charged energy
--ARISE Step by Step audio program for clearing out and healing the body and pelvic bowl
--Audio for the specific healing module you need to meet your goals
--A booklet describing the program
--Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment guide
--Seeds of affirmations designed to inspire & heal
--Surprise offerings to enhance the experience of this ritual (including blessed salt and re-birthday candle) 



Choose the audio module that best aligns with your goals:

1 - Urinary Incontinence
2 - Pelvic Pain 
(includes pain with sex, endometriosis, etc) - Penny Heart recommended
3 - Fertility/Conscious Conception
4 - Preparing for Childbirth
5 - Post-birth Healing
6 - Pregnancy Loss
7 - Pregnancy Termination
8 - Preparing for and Healing from Pelvic or Abdominal Surgery 
(hysterectomy, endo removal, fibroids) - Penny Heart recommended
9 - Survivor (sexual trauma, medical pelvic trauma)

Each audio module has three components: 1) Education about the issue 2) Neuromuscular re-training exercises to train the mind-body to work together to restore proper function, and 3) Healing visualizations.

The program costs less than one physical therapy session: $125 (single heart) or $144 (double or Penny Heart) + tax.  Each module has what is the equivalent of four to eight physical therapy healing sessions.  This is meant to be an empowering, accessible, cost-effective choice for all.  However, if you need a more economical alternative, you can choose to get the audio only for $59.  This includes the ARISE Step by Step visualization, which is the spirit of the Phoenix Heart program, as well as one of the above audio modules of your choice.  If you have overactive or tight/painful pelvic floor muscles, I highly recommend getting the complete kit.

The module is to be used either in conjunction with in person PT care or to be used independently, depending on your needs.  When you use it in conjunction with PT care, you'll need fewer PT appointments.  It is an excellent tool for practitioners to recommend to their clients who could benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy but wouldn't otherwise get PT.   

To purchase below, choose the module you'd like with a single or Penny/double heart or Audio only.  Tax is added automatically.  To pay for shipping, for now, you'll have to follow the prompts of the second button. To save you shipping and handling costs, I am offering an option for you to pick it up.  Please eThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us to coordinate.  All audio will be emailed to you so make sure to include an email upon check out.  

The online store is coming and this is the best system for online ordering we could come up with for now!  Thanks for your patience!

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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 the birth room! The mother used Phoenix Heart preparing for childbirth module 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

The rebirth visualization was powerful. It made me feel very emotional. It was nice to put myself back in that birthing space and finally let it go.
--C.N., Phoenix Heart rebirth visualization in the postpartum module, Summer 2017

Why the ARISE Step by Step Program?  
We all are survivors in one respect or another.  Growing up female or more feminine on the gender scale puts us at risk for dehumanizing treatment in these times.  It is a known fact that we mostly don't talk about it as we are being groped, harassed, stared down, violated, dismissed and demeaned.  It happens all around us and to us.  The 1 in 3 or 4 or 5 statistic of women who are sexually assaulted is flawed only by the acknowledged fact that it's under-reported.  Each one of us has accumulated experiences of some kind or another.  It might be that we get to a place of stability, where we aren't subjected to this type of treatment so overtly.  Those other experiences were so long ago - we hardly remember and it's better now.  Well, we might have moved on or forgotten, but our body remembers. 

"So I ran faster, but it caught me here..."  -- Tori Amos, "Precious Things"

Our body can only be ignored for so long.  It has ways of getting our attention so we take the time heal.  We can continue coping, numbing, running but again, either our body turns up the intensity to get our attention, or we realize we're tired of living like this or we have prepare our body for childbirth, partnered sex, or surgery.  Maybe we don't want to pass any of this pain and dysfunction on to our children.  If we do the work, then there's less for them to do. 

As a physical therapist who works with many pregnant and post-birth mothers, I see how pregnancy and childbirth compel women to reconnect with their pelvic bowls.  This can be a most unwelcome reunion.  This area can hold pain, shame, damage, instability and trigger anxiety and panic.  Our body remembers experiences where our body's boundaries were breached, like when consent was not given, there was insensitive handling of our body, a difficult childbirth all the way up to overt trauma and violence.  Pelvic floor muscles can remain tight and hypervigilent in its protection long afterward any event.  This can cause pelvic pain, pain with sex, difficulty yielding pelvic floor muscles in childbirth, etc.  

How do I help women address this?  Without having to go through every or any details verbally, we work on an energetic and spiritual level of clearing out all that doesn't serve her so her body will be clear again.  It's like pulling the primary cause of pain or dysfunction out by the roots.  Then we can do the manual therapy, neuromuscular re-training, stretches, strengthening and activity modification to rebalance the body and move toward optimal function.  That first step of flushing out the pelvic bowl is what the ARISE Step by Step program does. It's what I feel we have been missing when it comes to relieving pain and restoring function within the pelvic bowl/floor.  Traditional physical therapy can address the other parts effectively.  It's this type of integrative, intuitive practice that is what makes my practice uniquely healing and successful.

Consider this 2017 quote by Gabor Mate, MD, author and visionary:
"Trauma is fundamentally a disconnect from the self, a disconnect from the body and a disconnect from the Essential Self.  Why do people disconnect? Because it's too painful to be connected. So this disconnection is not a mistake. It's not an accident. It's actually a coping mechanism....No longer are you in touch with your gut feelings or your emotions and that means you start living life inauthentically. Coping mechanisms that help the child endure can be the source of pathlology later on. In fact, invariably they are. And this is recognized in medical and scientific research. It's just not recoginzed in medical practice."  This is where we need to change the paradigm.

The ARISE Step by Step program not only helps you clear the root causes of pain and dysfunction, but it re-connects you to this place - your place - of power.  We aren't really taught about our body's pelvic landscape and function.  The names and words used to describe this region fall short and deprive us of an acceptable, common language to speak about it.  It's our body.  We should know about it and have a basic, respectful way of speaking about it.  We need to teach our children the proper names for their "private" regions because at least one study found that knowing these words lowered their risk of being sexually molested.  It's a safety issue for children and for us.  

If we have power in our pelvic region, why don't we know about it and why aren't we standing in our power?  The current systems at work on this planet are based on a patriarchal system.  Within this imbalanced structure, feminine power has been subjugated for the unconscious masculine's use and abuse and we survive largely by disconnecting from this region.  Our feminine sexual centers are highly sought after, to the point of making it dangerous to be a woman sometimes.  Part of our work now is to clear the subjugation, the stealing, the disrespect and reclaim ownership of our bodies, our boundaries, and to bring love and light back into this region.  This is where we carry our children, our creations, our emotions and relationships. Moving from surviving to thriving, from disconnection to connection, changes the way our we see ourselves and each other.  It nurtures loving wholeness in our children and equilbrium in our relationships.  This changes the world by bringing us back into balance - the sacred feminine and conscious masculine.  Divine Union. It is attainable but we must be the change we want to see in the world.

The ARISE Step by Step program is a safe program where people of all different values and backgrounds can begin to reconnect, heal and thrive.

Since I aligned with this work and started the meditations, I've had great movement in my life. I've made big choices and shifted into allowing my divine feminine room to grow and release. I've created appropriate distance from my husband and he has truly moved into grace and honored my need for healing the womb space. Although the work for me is moving at a slow, sensitive pace, I'm able to find non-judgement around the process. I'm finding a new kind of hope and having realizaitons around my overall health.  Thank you so much for offering what you do to women!

--PT client using Phoenix Heart ARISE pelvic pain module, Spring 2017 


Secret: There is a collective safety net placed in each heart.  Inside the outer fold is a list of hotline numbers just in case you need to talk with someone right away, anytime, day or night.  When I had the vision to make these hearts, it was very clear to me that I needed safety numbers in them.  Even if they are not needed for the work around the Phoenix Heart, the woman would always know she could find a number for domestic violence help or whatever crisis she might deal with.  When we approached a label maker to print these, they said that there were too many numbers to fit on a label.  I felt resistance to changing anything.  Sarah Mosher, my former client and the co-designer and sewer of these hearts, agreed and wouldn't compromise either.  She found a way to photocopy all the numbers on fabric and sew them in discreetly so every woman has access to them.  This is the type of support that is sewn right in for you.

Every Phoenix Heart  ARISE™ Healing kit purchased makes it possible for us to donate to survivors of abuse and sexual assault.  

Also, we are working on a pilot program to donate audio to support low income teen/young mothers through the Nurse-Family Partnership Program in King Country and surrounding regions in Washington.  

This is only the beginning...


The Phoenix is a powerful, feminine force rising.

She is not a caretaker, but she will show you how to work with your power without apology.

She will remind you of what you've forgotten.

Birth – Death – Rebirth is her way.

She doesn't have time for nonsense.

She will come to your aid when you call but she will not do your work for you.

You are more capable than you ever let yourself imagine.

She is your reflection if you dare to see yourself as you really are.

And what of fire?

Fire is her life spark, her home, her nest where she burns all that doesn't serve. 

She finds others' fear of fire curious.

Her freedom, fierceness, come from releasing that type of fear-mongering.

She has shattered the illusion long ago that she could ever die.

Embodying all her many trials, deaths and transformations is her nature.

Because she exists, the masculine force knows its place within the balance of All That Is.

The feminine is the life bringer and she lives in every one of us.

We call on her, the Phoenix within, not to live unscathed, but to be reborn again and again.

--April Bolding


To round out the Phoenix Heart ARISE experience, I am interviewing parents, professionals and experts so they can share their knowledge with you.  Each parent shares about their transformational experiences, whether it's while becoming a mother/parent, dealing with fertility, pregnancy loss, pelvic pain/dysfunction, getting a pelvic surgery.   All shared is real - the good, bad and the ugly.  The mask is off, the image is not being cultivated here.  They want to share their vulnerability so you know you're not alone and you know that these experiences exist even if they are not widely talked about.  Here are some audio sound bites (11-20 seconds long) sharing what they wish for you to know while you're going through your transformational experiences.  Their longer interviews will be accessible in the coming weeks.

The professionals and experts I'm interviewing are mostly wise women chosen because of their contributions to the collective beehive to raise up the sacred feminine in this world. The modern Wise Woman embodies the sacred feminine while living in an imbalanced world where the masculine rules as an autocratic king.  She is a bridge leading us toward more balance, harmony, compassion, health and love.  The mainstream doesn't trumpet the wise woman voice, so we must listen to the whisperings of our sacred feminine collective to get tuned in.  Here is one place where her voice can be heard.  I will link these Wise Women here to act as a portal to this busy beehive of feminine empowerment.  Plug in, teach your children, share, be empowered.


Meghan had endometrial pain that led her to getting a medically-indicated hysterectomy. Here's one thing she wishes for you if you are ramping up to this type of experience.  This was a death-rebirth process for her

Lorena experienced PTSD and postpartum mood disorder after her traumatic birth experience.  Maintaining equilibrium is still a work in progress but she's finding gold in the process.  This is what helped her through and how it ultimately enriched her life.  

Katie experienced PTSD and postpartum mood disorder after her traumatic birth experience.  She's a woman of great capability and means but found herself having suicidal thoughts.  Here we have a conversation (9 min) about the fear of scaring pregnant women when we talk about the difficulties of the post-birth time.  This is what she wishes for mothers and families to know about the tender postpartum time and what she'd like health care practitioners to know.

Paige found out her baby en utero has a fatal heart defect and she was forced to make a decision.  Here's the one thing she wishes she'd known and what helped her through this transformation.


Wise Women, Professionals, Experts

Sarai Schneider and I have a conversation about why we resist healing our traumas when we could be free from them.  Listen - 21 minutes.  Keywords: Epigenetics, lineage and ancestoral healing, holistic pelvic care, shadow, gifts received when push past resistance, survivor, awakening, racism, no longer turning away.

B-L-U Breathing (Breathe Love Unify) Daily 3 Breath Routine
In three breaths, April shows you how to calm your nervous system, connect with your heart and unify through the frequency of love - all in her robe.  (11:11 min)

Here are the people who have contributed their expertise, skills, creativity and love to help this project get up and running.  Most have gone through pelvic rehab themselves and their motivation to help other women is great.  I am thankful for each one.

Mary Bruce - Superb admin and incomparable friend; keep all balls in the air moving forward for the good of all

Sarah Mosher - Brought my vision into form with material and thread; designer, seamstress, production, ignited by helping women

Alexa Dyan Moncrief - Artist, creator of beautiful things, including our logo and artwork

Melanie Carey - Audiobook narrator, contributed a recorded vizualization, trained hypnotherapist, reiki master, my beloved friend

Dana - Goddess pendants forged in the flame that feeds the Divine Feminine

Katie Rombauer - Packaging, shipping, purchased the first Phoenix Heart, cheerleader

Lorena LeberEssential oils, glass and metal etching, elvish magic

Stephanie Robinett - Contributor of the Sacred Salt that represents the Sacred Feminine Collective, infinite wisdom

Adrienne Dewey - Marketing advice, unwavering trust in me even when I venture into areas of woo

Jenny Johnson - Survivor advocate and one of my primary inspirations for transforming healing sessions into something I could share with more people

Meg Heather Ford - Doula of my Phoenix Heart ARISE workshops; birth doula, wise woman

Amber Dawn Hallet - Doula of my Phoenix Heart ARISE workshop; Fertility Awareness Expert, Maya Abdominal Therapy, wise woman 

Tim Hunt - Wonderful wasband, co-parent, unfailing tech support guy who has a developed enough anima to get on this list of women

Penny Simkin - Beloved mentor and friend, inspiration for the "Penny Heart" (double heart) pillows.

Lauren Berkowitz - Attorney advisor for project, champion for underrepresented workers and parents who need help getting parental leave.

And I thank these contributors:

--all the physical therapy and massage clients I work with. You teach me something every session.

--all the doula clients that have invited me to travel to the portal with them as a doula.  I am forever changed by being by your side.

--all my childbirth classes who boldly prepare for the unknown rite of passage that lay before them.  You trust me and I trust that you can do it.

--all the birth and healthcare professionals I work with. We are a collective that absolutely are contributing to healing and raising women up. 

--my daughters, my biggest mirrors and inspiration to do right in the world.  I embody LOVE because you taught me how to love that much.

Thank you to the growing number experts who have contributed interviews for this project:

Sarai Schneider - Ancestor divinations, Shamanic sessions for expecting mothers, Shamanic work

Penny Simkin - Internationally known champion of women, PT, author, doula , childbirth educator, friend (so much more)

Special thank you to Parent Trust for Washington Children for welcoming to their space to teach workshops.

The Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Healing Program  is something that I was called to create.  Inspirations come to me in the middle of the night, during long weekends, during healing sessions with women, in hard times and easy times.  When I’m in the presence of women who value the sacred feminine within and ignite that spark in others, I’m always inspired.  Stephanie Robinettis one of those intuitive, wise women who inspires me.  She led a blessing way ceremony for a friend of ours and I was struck by how she walks and shares the Beauty Way with such mastery and generosity.  It was here that she introduced the salt ceremony to us. 

When I co-hosted an event for women called the Mother Soulstice in 2016, I asked if she would hold a salt ceremony there for all the women, so they could benefit.  We all prayed and made offerings into the salt and she filled vials of this salt and handed them out to those who attended so they could have this magical salt to remind them of our collective and our intentions.  She, as she always does, added Mother Salt from previous salt ceremonies she’s attended, thus seeding and potentiating ours.  She paid for it all - lavish oils, fresh flowers, vials, salts and so on, and she donated her time and wisdom.  She gifted my daughters and me much of the salt that was left.  I was moved to include vials of this in the Phoenix Heart boxes. 

I asked Stephanie to tell the Phoenix Heart ARISE Sacred Feminine Collective about the significance of the sacred salt.  Here, she shares what she knows and where she learned it. 

There was once a time when women would go to market to trade seasonal goods with each other. Someone might need berries in the spring and trade with another woman for flour that would be harvested in the fall. The women wore small satchels of salt around their necks and when they traded for something they didn't yet have, they would take some of their salt from their satchel and mix it into the other woman's satchel with a promise to make good on their trade when the time came. They could not break their promise unless they could get every grain of their salt from the other woman's satchel. The salt signified a connection between these women that they were in this together, that they could help each other, support and provide for each other and most of all, that they could trust each other.

The salt bowls we do today honor this same intention.  Each woman comes to the bowl to trade with each other and summon the universe and/or their god/goddess.  They put their offerings into the bowl (flower petals, stones, oils, honey, jewelry, money, herbs, tears, milk, etc. - whatever is meaningful to them), with their intentions and gratitude.  In return, they ask for their desired manifestations. All of this energy is put into the bowl with a blessing that the salt will keep this promise and make good on the trade when the time is right.

The sacred salt we use today stems from one bowl started by sacred sisters in a circle led by Anni Daulter.  She is the founder of the Sacred Living Movement and a beloved sacred sister leading women around the world toward each other, empowering them to live with a connected spirit and sacred life. This salt you receive in the Phoenix Heart ARISE packages has been traded and shared with hundreds of women around the world.  It carries thousands of blessings, hopes, dreams, intentions and manifestations. The mother salt is very powerful and magical in this way - blessed by sacred sisters the world over.  You can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on Seattle Sacred Living Movement events.

This salt can go on your altar or remain with your Phoenix Heart.  If you ever do a sacred salt bowl ceremony with your sisterhood, you add this salt to the bowl. When the ceremony is done, fill your vessel with this salt that is both newly blessed and contains blessings from past ceremonies.  This can be done over and over again.  You can fill a mason jar with any remaining salt from a ceremony and when you are ready for the salt to manifest what you asked for, prepare for a sacred bath.  Light candles, hold the salt to your heart, and focus your energy into the salt all you want to manifest.  Tell the universe you are ready to receive whatever it is you’re asking for, then sprinkle the salt into the bath water. Bathe in it knowing that the salt keeps its promise and will deliver this wish or something better when the time is right.

Thank you Stephanie!