What is womb or fertility massage?
Womb and Fertility Massage Therapy™ is a form of massage that draws on ancient wisdom passed down through the ages, woman to woman, mother to daughter.
The massage involves nurturing and unwinding pressures over the back and abdomen. Working in a gentle but deep and soothing way over the reproductive and digestive systems, this non-invasive and external therapy uses many types of release techniques to encourage harmony and balance within the body. Much like osteopathy one of the philosophies and aims of the massage is to improve the circulation of the blood, this brings the nutrients, hormones and oxygen the cells need to be healthy. It does this by easing any tension in the muscles, fascia or organs, allowing them to move freely with the body.
DID YOU KNOW: the fallopian tubes should be mobile enough to reach over to the opposite ovary to collect an egg if necessary. So while our reproductive system should be loose and relaxed enough to dance and sway our digestive system benefits from good blood flow too. Improving blood supply to the intestines improves the smooth muscle tone which needs to contract like a Mexican wave to move our digesting food along.
Women often come to see us to support their fertility journey, e.g. IVF or natural, when experiencing discomfort with period pain, ovarian cysts, endometriosis or recovery from a c-section or hysterectomy. Other women have seen improvement with digestive issues and hormonal imbalances. However, this massage need not be only for those in discomfort, it is also a soothing way to reconnect with your body and womb or to relax.
What are the benefits of womb or fertility massage?
- Improves gut motility and reduces constipation
- Encourages optimum release of enzymes
- Reduces bloating
- Relief from IBS
- Promotes relaxation and thus improves digestive nerve function
- Aids liver detoxification
To expand on some of these benefits here is some further information;
Improving blood flow to the organs helps deliver the hormones in the blood to their destination, this, for example, is important for the length of the cycle, for the thickening of the endometrial lining in the womb and for ovulation. By promoting liver function and detoxification the body is able to get rid of any excess oestrogen to prevent oestrogen dominance. The massage is thought to release feel-good hormones, including oxytocin.
Fertility massage helps to break down scar tissue and adhesions associated with caesareans, hysterectomy, blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic issues and abdominal surgery. This is turn promotes circulation to and from the abdominal organs.
Improving circulation and blood flow means you are bringing lovely oxygenated blood to the tissues. This is essential for the health of every cell in the body. Specifically, in the pelvic bowl this promotes good egg quality; good blood supply to the womb is essential for successful egg transfer in IVF and for the endometrial lining to support implantation of an embryo; optimising the quality of cervical mucus for a healthy environment in the vagina and to help sperm get to the right place.
Good circulation is a two-way business – getting good flow in helps aid blood and lymph flow out. This helps to remove natural cellular waste to improve the environment of the tissues. The massage is also great for helping the womb to clear out old blood that gets stuck after menstruation. We may see this as brown blood at the beginning and end of a period which can occur when the womb is tilted front, back or sideways. Old blood hanging around is not great and it creates more toxins locally and be a contributing factor to period pain. Another cause of old blood building up may be because the womb is struggling to contract and shed its lining – this may be due to poor circulation also.
As mentioned above aiding the body to get rid of old blood and stagnant fluids can improve the health of the womb and will also help reduce period pain. The massage also promotes gut motility aiding the detoxification through regular bowel movements. The colon is in such close proximity to the reproductive system that constipation can cause more toxins to build up in the area and have a negative impact pelvic organ health. Again, creating an environment which may cause pain. The massage or any massage promotes the release of endorphins – our natural painkiller.
This sounds all quite clinical, but there is a lovely, peaceful, relaxing side to it too.
What can you expect at your fertility massage treatment?
When our osteopath Launa does the fertility massage, the clients always float out of the treatment room and rave about what an amazing experience it is. So we asked her what she actually does to make them blissful.
To set the atmosphere she makes the room ambient and cosy with lovely smells and soothing music. With the client lying on their front she begins with rocking and pulsing through the back and legs, gently bringing movement to the spine and encouraging them to drift into relaxation. A full-back and neck massage with particular attention to improve blood flow to the nerves around the back of the pelvis with release techniques to the sacrum and lower back. After massaging the shoulders to ease daily tensions she rocks them again and assesses for improved movement.
To the front of the body, she gently pulses again through the abdomen. Beginning to massage slowly in large circles over the abdomen, then applying a deep but gentle pressure over the reproductive system and gentle stretches to the womb with a powerful womb hug. Then a relaxing massage around the digestive system, a release to the diaphragm, and detoxing vibrations through the liver. dreamily slowing down to some emotional and energetic release work around the naval.
At this stage she uses a rebozo (Mexican shawl) around the ankles to rock the legs, which feels like you are swaying in a hammock. Tying the feet she will then wrap another 2 rebozo’s around the pelvis and abdomen, binding them tight, and a wrap around the head, so the client is fully cocooned; allowing them to rest safely fully relaxed while she does some reiki healing.
“My aim is to bring relaxation, reconnection with the body and womb, and make my client feel like a Goddess”.