The Inside Story Book Launch

Come one, come all to the long awaited book launch party of The Inside Story: The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Lifelong Pelvic Health! On February 12, 2022, we will have the opportunity to celebrate my five+ years of work together at Mt. Sinai Jewish Center (MSJC). (Nope, not February 13, 2022 as originally planned because, who are we kidding, there is no competing with the Super Bowl. I wouldn’t miss one of my favorite annual events even for my own book launch!)

One out of every three women will experience pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) at some point in her life. PFD often manifests as bladder, bowel, and or sexual dysfunction. How does one know if they are experiencing PFD during the various stages of their life, and what can be done to help address it? The Inside Story is a book designed to help ease life cycle transitions for Jewish women. It addresses the various pelvic health issues that may arise during the life cycle and provides practical exercises and guidance to help address it. The goal of the book is to share information about pelvic floor dysfunction and women’s health so that those suffering in silence can seek out appropriate treatment. 

The program will include a conversation about the book and women’s health between me and Racheli Taubes, Rebbetzin and Yoetzet Halacha of MSJC. Event attendees will receive a copy of the book while enjoying fine wine and scrumptious cheese. Both women and men are invited and encouraged to attend.

The most exciting part about launching this book is that it gives me the opportunity to help an even larger audience. True, I am blessed to love my job tremendously, which includes one on one opportunities to educate my patients. However, too many women don’t even realize that physical therapy can be an invaluable modality to address their symptoms. I hope and pray that this book will help me educate MANY more women, and that it will be included in what I like to call the “Kallah Canon,” the list of books that Kallah teachers encourage their brides to read in preparation for marriage.

To quote Rabbi Yaakov And Rebbetzin Peshi Neuburger (Rav of Congregation Beth Abraham/Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University and Rebbetzin of Congregation Beth Abraham/Educator at Manhattan High School for Girls), “In these pages Riva Preil opens a conversation, friendly and empathetic, instructive and informative, in which she highlights the tools of her craft which can give women confidence  and comfort in many parshiyot of life. Her engaging balance of modesty and clarity will make this volume  invaluable for kallah teachers who wish to replace fear and insecurity with joyful anticipation, as they prepare young brides for robust and fulfilling marriages.”

May God enable me to help as many women as possible on both the micro (day to day with my patients) and macro (The Inside Story) levels!

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That Time I Wrote a Book…

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Dear Readers,

I have extremely exciting news to share with you that will explain my blog’s silence these past few months. Blood, sweat, toil, and tears have been expended. (Nope, that’s overly dramatic Truthfully, I have only been expending toil, effort, energy, and love) into a different literary project that has been beckoning my attention. The project I am referring to is the book that I have been working on for several years, entitled “The Inside Story: The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Lifelong Pelvic Health.” 

That’s right, I have written a book which will be available for purchase within the next few months, with God’s help. My goal in this book is to help ease life cycle transitions for Jewish women. I want to share information about pelvic floor dysfunction and women’s health so that those suffering in silence can seek out appropriate treatment.

I feel so passionately about these topics and have the privilege and pleasure of helping individual women in my professional life. This book will enable me to bring help to an even larger audience. My hope and prayer is that God will help me educate as many women as possible, so that every single woman can have a satisfying and gratifying physical relationship with her spouse and with her own body.

As the title implies, the target audience of this (first) edition of the book is geared towards Jewish women, although the majority of the content is relevant and applicable to all women.

Please don’t get me wrong! I love and respect all women, and I embrace and look forward to the opportunity to share valuable information with EVERYONE in the next edition. That being said, I recognize that there are certain sensitivities that, as a proud, self-identifying Orthodox Jewish woman, I am capable of addressing. I also acknowledge that certain topics that I discuss in the book are considered taboo/uncomfortable, perhaps even more within my community than others. I hope that my affiliation with the Jewish community will help potential readers feel comfortable to read and benefit from my experience. And now that I have expressed in writing that this is only a first edition, you can all hold me accountable to ensure that a follow up version ensues.

So, please stay tuned for further details. I look forward to sharing more information about the book release and how to purchase it in the coming months, and I appreciate your patience with me while I diverted my attention elsewhere.

Yours in educating, enlighting, and helping many women in the coming months and beyond,