|Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:50 AM|
There are many ways to support women with physical issues asscoiated with their menstrual cycle, womb health, fertility and digestion. One great way is to have regular Abdominal Massage which supports the bodies natural functions and aids the body to clear and repair any misalignment.
I have asked the wonderful Natalie McGrorty from Lunar Healing Arts, a fantastic health care practitioner here in Bristol to say more about this restorative work.
Abdominal-Sacral massage (also known as Fertility Massage) is an effective treatment for a wide number of health challenges that can affect the reproductive, digestive and urinary systems of the body. Most of our vital organs are located in the abdomen and yet, it is an area of the body that receives very little love and attention. Many indigenous cultures however, have recognised the importance of caring for this area of the body and as a result, have long since practised some form of abdominal massage to support health and wellbeing.
Abdominal-sacral massage has its roots in the Mayan culture and combines a number of gentle, yet effective massage techniques, applied to the abdomen, lower back and sacrum. These techniques work to gently realign the abdominal organs, releasing pressure and congestion and strengthening the surrounding muscles and ligaments. This in turn improves blood, nerve and lymph flow, nourishing the organs, flushing toxins from the tissues and helping to rebalance the hormones. Whilst this may sound a little unusual, clients report finding the massage to be relaxing and restorative and it is always tailored to individual comfort levels.
For women, misalignment of the reproductive organs, namely the uterus, can interfere with fertility and also contribute to many other reproductive problems such as painful periods, ovarian cysts, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), endometriosis and heavy or irregular bleeding. Abdominal-sacral massage encourages the uterus to find its optimal position, assists the body in eliminating old stagnant blood and gently breaks down adhesions and scar tissue; thereby improving the quality and health of the uterine lining and fallopian tubes.
Abdominal massage has traditionally been used to support fertility and is very beneficial for preparing the womb for pregnancy and improving egg health. It is also helpful postpartum, especially following a Caesarian section, as it restores the proper positioning of the uterus, supporting ligaments and surrounding organs. In cases of prolapse, the massage lifts the uterus, helping to reduce pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor, whilst strengthening the surrounding tissues.
Due to the close proximity of all the abdominal organs and tissues, improper alignment of any of the organs can result in stagnation and congestion elsewhere. Therefore, as well as supporting reproductive health, the massage techniques effectively encourage elimination from the digestive tract, promoting healthy bowel movements and toning the intestines. With 80 % of the immune system residing here, optimising digestive health has wide reaching benefits throughout the body.
An Abdominal-sacral massage generally lasts approximately 90 minutes and involves both oil massage and some gentle stretches. The client lies on a massage table and is fully covered accept for her abdomen. For the second half of the massage, the client lies on her stomach, fully covered accept for her lower back and sacrum. The session ends with a gentle face and head massage. Before leaving, instructions are given for doing a simple self-massage routine that can be practised at home. Dietary and lifestyle suggestions are also made as needed, to optimise hormonal balance and digestive health.
The benefits of the massage are numerous and many seemingly unrelated symptoms clear up as a result of this area of the body being given some much needed care and attention. For more information, please see: www.lunarhealingarts.com