Massage for Fertility: A Helping Hand
Can something as soothing as massage help you get pregnant? You may know about the practical benefits of massage therapy. Massage can help detoxify body tissues, decrease the stress response, and improve sleep, digestion and over-all well-being.
But did you know that massage may help boost fertility and aid in getting pregnant?
Ancient healing therapy
Massage has rich history as an ancient healing modality. In Egypt there is the tomb of Ankh-Mahor from 2200 BC, known as The Tomb of the Physician. In one of the wall pictures two men are having their extremities treated with massage.
The infamous Roman naturalist, Pliny, was said to be regularly rubbed to ease his asthma. Even Julius Caesar was pinched all over daily to ease headaches and neuralgia.
How does massage therapy work?
The basic philosophy of massage therapy is to help the body to heal itself. In doing so, the body will increase health and well-being. The fundamental medium of massage therapy is human touch.
Massage stimulates the flow of lymph. This bodily fluid carries wastes and impurities away from tissues and needs muscle contractions to move efficiently throughout the body.
If you are sedentary, it may result in stagnant lymph flow. Or if you are too active, your body may not be able to carry away all the waste that is produced.
Gliding, rubbing, kneading, tapping
While massage methods are described as a series of special techniques, touch is not used solely in a mechanistic way. There is a great artistic component with massage therapy with various manual techniques—gliding, rubbing, kneading, tapping, manipulating, holding, friction pressure, taping, and vibrating--using primarily the hands.
Sometimes massage therapists use forearms, elbows, or even their feet to help normalize the body. These techniques affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.
Maya abdominal massage and infertility
Maya abdominal massage is a non-invasive and external massage technique that may be used for infertility. The focus is to guide the internal abdominal organs (digestive and reproductive) into their proper position for optimum function and well-being.
Maya massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen. The technique applies anatomy, physiology, herbology and naprapathy (study of the ligaments, joints and muscles) with Ancient Maya healing techniques to address common female and male complaints.
Maya abdominal massage works by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of chi (energy) and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptoms.
Can Reiki boost fertility?
Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of touch-less healing. Rei is the Japanese word for Universal (the Energy that is available for everyone) and Ki is the Japanese word for energy.
Reiki contributes to overall health, including reproductive health. This alternative treatment may improve mental and physical health assist by allowing for stress relief, the number one cause of disease.
Reiki is commonly used for anxiety, insomnia, and lack of joy. It can also help with pain management, nausea, vitality and a sense of health and wellbeing.
Can massage be used during pregnancy?
During the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, massage has a number of shared benefits for both mother and child.
Massage may quicken circulation throughout the body, thereby increasing the uterine blood supply and enhancing nutrient and oxygen flow to the fetus. Massage may also promote a healthy birth experience.
By decreasing tension and pain patterns in the back, legs, hips, and pelvis, these areas gain flexibility so the uterus may labor without resistance. And, of course, massage can enhance the mother's sense of well-being.
During pregnancy, high stress and anxiety levels can negatively affect hormone balance and the developing fetus. Massage releases endorphins, the body’s natural opioids, and provides a deep sense of relaxation, bringing balance to mind, body and baby.
Sharing compassion with touch
Not only does human touch via massage boost physical healing, it is a viable form of intimate communication; sensitive touch can convey a sense of caring.
For the bodywork or massage therapist, this communication is an essential element in the therapeutic relationship as the recipient learns to trust the giver.
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- Bruce, D. Miracle Touch: A Complete Guide to Hands-On Therapies That Have the Amazing Ability to Heal. 2003. New York City: Random House.