Fertility massage is a non-surgical and non-invasive alternative therapy that can improve your fertility and enhance your well-being. This technique focuses on promoting relaxation and decreasing abdominal scarring, pelvic adhesions, or tubal obstruction and increasing the function of the reproductive organs. Massage therapy for fertility is applied to treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, and many other medical conditions that cause low fertility in women.
For the majority of women suffering from infertility the only Western medical recommendation is direct medical intervention like oral hormone therapy, hormone injections, drug therapy, in-vitro fertilization, or surgery. While these procedures do work for some, they are expensive, time consuming, invasive, and may pose serious side effects. Also, all these treatments are utilized to treat the symptoms of infertility without first discovering the root cause of the problem.
In many cases the root cause of infertility problems can be attributed to scar tissue, adhesions, and obstructions in the fallopian tubes, accumulation of toxins, and of course, stress and anxiety. Conventional medicine does not have treatments for these conditions other than bypassing the problem and recommending IVF treatments. Fertility massage and fertility acupuncture can address all of these issues at once. More and more women prefer this type of therapy because it is safer than surgery and pharmaceutical drugs.
Massage therapy helps your body achieve an optimum state of health. When you are healthier your body has more physical energy to allow healthy conception. There are different holistic massage methods that can have a very positive effect in facilitating conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Most fertility massage methods use abdominal massage and/or lower-back massage that helps increase the blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Fertility Massage for Blocked Fallopian Tubes, Adhesions and Endometriosis
In many infertility cases, fertility massage may help resolve possible obstructions inside the fallopian tubes in a natural and non-invasive way, especially in conjunction with fertility acupuncture treatments. These obstructions can come from adhesions, which are bands of fibrous scar tissue that bind the pelvic organs and are caused by past pelvic infections, endometriosis, abdominal surgery or physical traumas. With fertility massage, it is possible to remove these blockages by massaging the tissues that surround the internal reproductive organs.
Stress Relief & Fertility Massage
Fertility massage has an extremely important role in helping to release stress. Many studies have shown a link between infertility in both men and women and a stressful lifestyle. For example, stress may affect the hormonal system to the point of delaying ovulation or preventing the implantation of the fertilized embryo. By reducing the amount of stress you have through fertility massage, you can improve your chances of getting pregnant and staying pregnant. The road to pregnancy can be a stressful one when infertility issues are present, but prolonged stress and anxiety can further complicate matters. Stress can block your attempt to get pregnant by creating hormonal imbalance, thus affecting ovulation timing, cervical mucus production, egg quality, sperm production, embryo implantation, and more.
Fertility massage is designed not only to increase the flow of blood to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, but also to increase a sense of well being, strengthen the immune system, stimulate the balanced production of hormones, and improve the health of the lymphatic system. The result of all this is an increased chance of achieving pregnancy.
Fertility Massage for Relaxation
The simple biological need for rest should be honored at all times in your life, not just when trying to conceive. Massage therapy has the ability to help you find that calm and restful space that your body needs to promote healing. Your body functions best when in this state of deep relaxation. When you spend time either during a fertility massage therapy session or at home resting and relaxing, your body restores and regenerates itself.
Fertility Massage for Detoxification
Fertility massage aids the release of toxins through the stimulation of the lymphatic system. This system drains fluids from your body and detoxifies your tissues by filtering out toxins and foreign substances, while strengthening the immune system. A sluggish lymphatic system means that the waste disposal process in your body is compromised, and that the body suffers from a build-up of stagnant lymph. When lymph circulation becomes stagnant, toxins accumulate impairing cellular functioning and indirectly your ability to conceive.
When to Use Fertility Massage
Fertility massage is beneficial to both women and men while trying to conceive naturally or when undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or artificial insemination (IUI). Fertility massage prepares the body to create a state of wellness in which assisted reproductive procedures can be effective, especially when combined with acupuncture. It also helps to release toxins accumulated in your body as a result of medication. It is not recommended to receive fertility massage during your menstrual period.
The Benefits of Fertility Massage
- Promotes a regular menstrual cycle and hormonal balance
- Improves ovarian function, egg quality, and ovulation naturally
- Helps to increase quantity and quality of cervical mucus
- Improves the quality of the menstrual flow by decreasing blood clots
- Decreases pain caused by endometriosis
- Resolves blocked fallopian tubes
- Helps reposition a tilted uterus
- Treats the causes of PCOS
- Helps the body to rid itself of ovarian cysts
- Assists the body in decreasing uterine fibroids
- Assists men and women with unexplained infertility
- Releases energy blocks of past emotional traumas
- Increases energy flow in the lower pelvic region
- Releases blood stasis from the uterus
- Strengthens the internal reproductive organs: uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes
- Helps detoxification
What to Expect After a Fertility Massage Session
Make sure to drink lots of purified water after each fertility massage treatment to aid your body in releasing toxins that were trapped in your muscles and organs. You may experience a slightly heavier period after your first few sessions, and possibly some soreness. Your fertility massage therapist should advise you that this increased menstrual flow is actually a good sign that your body is getting rid of old tissue because blood clots are finally breaking free. When stagnant blood and abdominal adhesions are broken up, the result will be less pressure on your ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus and an increase of blood flow to these organs.
Timing of Fertility Massage
Make sure you are not pregnant or menstruating during fertility massage. The best time to have a massage is after your period until ovulation if you trying to conceive. Always tell your practitioner if you could be pregnant.
Fertility Massage and Other Natural Therapies
Fertility massage works best in conjunction with homeopathic medicine, herbal medicine, and fertility acupuncture. These holistic modalities are non-invasive, much less costly, and generally more effective than a pharmaceutical or surgical intervention. At Downtown Seattle Acupuncture and Massage Monica Legatt LAC and Briana Wakefield LMP will work with you as a team to help you conceive.