What is a fertility massage?
Fertility Massage assists in loosening entangled tissue and frees the reproductive organs. The massage is a combination of acupressure, abdominal massage techniques, and reflexology points that assists in stimulating your body's natural hormones and increases blood flow to the reproductive organs. Scientific studies have shown massage to be an effective technique in the treatment of infertility. There are a number of different methods of massage used for this purpose, including:
- The Wurn Technique
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient technique that involves massaging areas of the hands and feet which correspond with the parts of the body being treated. The technique believes that different areas of the hands and feet directly correlate with internal organs, such as those that may cause infertility. By massaging and manipulating these areas, the internal organs are also being treated. It is also known as "zone therapy."
Practitioners of reflexology believe that the feet and hands help to establish the tension level for the rest of the body. As a result, massaging the hands and feet is an effective means of interrupting stress and returning the body to a state of equilibrium. While there have been a number of studies conducted on reflexology indicating that it may be an effective treatment for infertility, further scientific study is needed.
What is the Wurn Technique?
The Wurn Technique is a massage treatment used to increase fertility. It is also used to decrease discomfort in women who experience pain during intercourse. This massage technique attempts to break down adhesions in the pelvic region. These adhesions can be very painful and may block the fallopian tubes.
During a therapy session, adhesions are broken by applying pressure directly to the affected area – usually the abdomen, sacrum and pelvis – and gently manipulating and stretching the soft-tissue by hand for a sustained period of time.
Research has shown the Wurn Technique to be very effective in treating infertility. In a study published in Medscape General Medicine, Ob/Gyn & Women's Health, women who underwent IVF after being treated with the Wurn Technique had a pregnancy rate of 67%.Good candidates for this technique include women who have experienced radiation therapy, cesarean or laparoscopic surgery, or have a history of pelvic or abdominal infections.
What is the Reiki technique?
Reiki is a Japanese massage technique that helps recipients relax, reduce stress and promote healing. Reiki practitioners manipulate the life force, or energy, that flows through all living things by laying hands on those being treated. The therapist begins with the head and moves their hands down the body channeling energy accordingly.
While many women report Reiki massage has helped them overcome infertility, no scientific studies demonstrating the effectiveness of this treatment for infertility have been conducted. There are no known health risks associated with this technique.
What are the benefits to a fertility massage?
Fertility massage assists your body to better handle the issues of stress. Couples dealing with infertility are often faced with large amounts of stress. Stress has played a huge role in infertility among many women as it increases the amount of hormones in the body that hinder the implantation of the egg. Massage can help decrease stress, increase blood flow to reproductive organs, stimulate hormone production, and increase the immune system. A massage therapist in fertility massage knows the medical aspects of infertility treatment and can customize the massage to fit your needs to accompany you with your natural hormones or reproductive cycles.
Massage can also help in the following areas:
- Alleviates depression and anxiety
- Aligns the uterus
- Minimizes the discomforts that occur during pregnancy
- Helps to maintain blood pressure
- Alleviates fatigue
- Massage improves blood circulation
- Decreases fluid retention
- Alleviates cramps in the leg muscles
- Strengthens immunity
- Headache relief
- Prepares your muscles for childbirth
- Stress relief for your joints as you gain weight
When can I use fertility massage?
Any woman who wants to become pregnant or is already pregnant can have fertility massage. After a consultation, your massage therapist will use massage during the right time of your cycle. For men, fertility massage can be performed at anytime. Massage can begin prior to conception and throughout the entirety of the pregnancy. The risk for miscarriage from a fertility massage is very low.
What is the cost for a fertility massage?
Costs vary from each location and are dependent on the number of visits. There is no limit on the number of sessions one can make. However, this type of massage is not covered by insurance.