"By connecting to nature, we become connected to our own inner nature, and the inherent wisdom of the earth that lives and breathes within all of us. By trusting the process of calibration, we accept the invitation towards being perfectly balanced"
- Victoria Rose
Massage Therapy Pre- Conception
A healthy balanced body plays a vital role in fertility for both men and women. Massage Therapy can be beneficial for anyone who is currently trying to conceive, or is in the preparatory stages leading up to the conception period. Massage therapy is complimentary to all other forms of therapy, both medical and holistic. Massage Therapy promotes fertility by increasing blood flow to all digestive and reproductive organs, nourishing follicles with fresh blood and oxygen, breaking-up adhesion's within the abdominal and pelvic region, and most importantly, by reducing stress and production of stress hormones in order to promote relaxation for a balanced, healthy, fertile environment. See below
Pre- Natal Massage Therapy
Research studies reveal that massage therapy is the most common alternative therapy recommended during pregnancy. Many pregnant mother's I've had the privilege to work with report an increase of energy, reduction in stress, feeling more connected to baby, and relief from the common pre-natal discomforts such as back pain, swelling in the legs and feet, sciatic-pain, increased sense of presence during pregnancy, and improved sleep.
Massage Therapy supports the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which is the part of the nervous system that is responsible for the rest and digest state, where healing and relaxation take place. When the PNS is activated, pain receptors shut-down and stress hormone production is inhibited. Massage therapy promotes the release of dopamine from the hypothalamus in the brain, the joyful hormone that also enhances focus. Oxytocin, known as the bonding hormone, is also released during massage therapy, a vitally important hormone during pregnancy, labour, and birth. See "Neurohormonal effect of Massage Therapy" published by Alex A. Kecskes at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, for a thorough amount of evidence based research. (https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/11/08/neurohormonal-effects-massage-therapy)
Massage therapy during Labour and birth: Motherbaby relaxation
Postpartum massage Therapy
Baby too experiences the benefits of daily calm and peace, and his temperament is affected in a positive way. When endorphins are present during labour, the secretion of catecholamine is inhibited; and your body releases the exact amount of oxytocin to cause the birthing muscles to function as they should. With this perfect formula in place, you are able to birth without discomfort, and so is your baby. (Hypnobirthing-The Mongan Method, Marie F. Mongan, M.ED., M. HY, Pg. 123)
In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication.
Massage Therapy can support the many changes, physically and emotionally, that are experienced by mothers during the fragile time after giving birth. Many new postures and movements are adopted through breast or bottle feeding which often create new lines of tension in the mid-spine, neck and shoulders. Massage Therapy will help promote relaxation, elevate overall energy levels and may improve sleep. Postpartum massage will help relieve muscle tension, as well as help restore the health of the uterus and function of other organs by increasing circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid. Massage Therapy promotes hormonal balance, enhances the rate of tissue healing and recovery, and promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being.