Fertility Massage

 

Fertility massage helps reduce emotional tension, induce relaxation, calm stress-related conditions and may help women with hormone-related difficulties to concieve as high cortisol levels may affect the endocrine/hormone system.

 

The goal of a fertility massage treatment

The goal of a fertility massage treatment is to release restrictions that may be present in the pelvic floor. This includes the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, rectum and their associated ligaments and connective tissues.

Restrictions in the pelvic floor will most often present as:

  • chronic hip or low back pain
  • painful menstruation
  • digestive issues
  • idiopathic infertility

Through the use of gentle manipulations, our therapists are able to identify and treat these restrictions to allow the involved organ(s) to release any adhesions which may have been impeding its function and efficacy.

What does fertility massage do?

  • Increases blood flow to the digestive tract and urogenital system
  • Eases anxiety and stress by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (rest &
  • digest)
  • Restores vitality and balance to affected organs

 Who would benefit from receiving a fertility massage?

  • Anyone struggling with fertility
  • Clients with PCOS
  • Post natal incontinence
  • Anyone suffering from chronic low back or hip pain
  • Anyone experiencing painful menstruation or digestive irregularities

Stress and Fertility

Fertility requires a delicate balance of hormones to orchestrate the production, release, fertilization and implantation of an egg. This balance can be affected by many conditions within the body, including stress. Stress, either low-level daily hassles or one-time big events, causes a release of hormones that can interfere with the delicate balance needed to create a new life.

Current research demonstrates that stress during an IVF procedure causes a decrease in the number of eggs developed, retrieved and transferred. Other research demonstrates that stress can cause changes in ovulation, changes in cycle length and tubal spasms.

Stress can magnify the feelings of fear, worry, emptiness and anger. The combination of mental and physical reactions can lead to a downward spiral and an overall feeling of a loss of control. Techniques that help women work with and release stress can enhance feelings of control.

Massage-based techniques and movement therapies help to break the vicious cycle by encouraging relaxation. The therapy addresses adhesions, spasm and mechanical factors that cause almost half of all female infertility. Patients often have a history of miscarriage, tubal blockage, difficulty with implantation, sperm or egg transport.

Clincial Studies – Fertility Massage

It has long been theorized that the relaxing benefits of massage were helpful in women achieving fertility. That has now been backed up by two studies that lend credence to the theory, when using specific fertility-enhancing bodywork techniques.

The first study, published June 18, 2004, by Medscape General Medicine OB/GYN & Women’s Health, studied two groups of women. One group was seeking to become pregnant on their own, while the other group was preparing to receive in vitro fertilization (IVF). Both groups had suspected or confirmed pelvic adhesions or inflammatory diseases, such as endometriosis. Both groups received targeted bodywork therapy to their abdominal and pelvic area. In the first group, of the 14 patients available for follow-up, 71 percent became pregnant within one year, and three of them became pregnant a second time. Of the IVF group, there was a 66 percent successful rate of embryo transfers, which is significantly higher than the estimated odds ratio.

The second study also produced significant results. Published in the January/February 2008 issue of Alternative Therapies, 28 infertile women who had been diagnosed with complete fallopian tube blockages received 20 hours of manual physical therapy treatment to their abdominal area. Within one month, they underwent medical testing to determine the status of the blockages. Seventeen of the 28 patients (61 percent) showed the blockage had been released, and nine of those 17 became pregnant.

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