Pelvic Wellness & Fertility

Preconception Wellness & FertilityMassage for Optimum Pelvic Wellness

Massage aimed at fostering optimum pelvic wellness incorporates non-invasive, external abdominal and low back manual techniques.  When applied, these techniques work to relieve congestion and blockages in the abdomen and improve the flow of chi and the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems throughout the body.   Internal abdominal organs are guided into their proper position, resulting in improved organ function for optimum health and well being.  With pelvic massage therapy, a variety of health symptoms can be addressed and the progression of chronic disease pathology can be prevented.

There are a variety of pelvic wellness massage protocols developed by leaders in the field.  Two of the most promising are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Mercier Therapy for Optimum Pelvic Health.  Both of these therapeutic modalities are available at Seven Generations Massage & Birth.

Dr. Rosita Arvigo lived and studied with traditional healers in Central America for over 30 years.  She combined her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, naprapathy (study of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue) with these traditional healing methods to formulate Arvigo® Therapy.

With a long history of working closely alongside medical doctors as a fertility clinician, Dr. Jennifer Mercier, naturopath, massage therapist and midwife, developed abdominal massage techniques to help ameliorate pelvic pain and dysfunction called Mercier Therapy.  Dr. Mercier has a broad womens wellness perspective and her fertility massage approach encompasses both women undergoing medically assisted fertility regimens such as IUI and IVF and women seeking a more natural less invasive route. 

Fertility Massage

“Research shows that every aspect of our reproduction is adversely affected in some way by our sedentary and stressful 20th century lifestyle, diet, and living conditions.” (Naish, Francesca, and Janette Roberts. Healthy Parents, Better Babies. California: The Crossing Press,1999. Print.)

Attention to preconception wellness plays an important role in ensuring a couple’s optimal reproductive health and the health of their child.  Fertility Massage therapy addresses preconception care and helps to create an optimum environment for conception.

Fertility Massage is a specialized and holistic application of pelvic massage therapy that is designed to help optimize a couple’s body wellness and enhance their opportunity for conception.  Fertility massage therapy incorporates techniques for:

  • Increasing pelvic blood flow and circulation and cleansing the body’s cells of metabolic waste products that cause harmful side-effects when they are trapped in a body’s congested tissues.
  • Fertility awareness and preconception wellness education, including nutrition support.
  • Balancing and opening up the body’s conception energy both physically and spiritually.

 

A Fertility Massage is beneficial for anyone who is currently trying to conceive or is in the preparatory stages leading up to the conception period.  It is complementary to both medical fertility care (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and alternative therapies (chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal, etc.).

If you are planning to conceive, having difficulties conceiving, or are currently receiving Assisted Reproductive Technology care to help you conceive, then Fertility Massage may be an option for you.


Massage to Support Fertility & Conception, Massage Magazine, March 2014


Frequently Asked Questions About Fertility Massage


Frequently Asked Questions About the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®


When I came to Donna for prenatal massages at the beginning of my third trimester, I was waking up most nights with horrible leg cramps (sometimes so bad that I had to get out of bed and stretch my calves because flexing my foot wasn’t working) and tight hips which made my lower back muscles ache.  I would also occasionally wake up with numb arms.

Since working with Donna, I have had significantly less trouble with my leg cramps. They are much less frequent and I am now able to sleep more soundly. My hips have also really opened up – this has relieved much of the pressure in my low back and is also helping prepare my body for childbirth. I never wake up with numb arms anymore. The foot reflexology that Donna incorporates into the massage has even helped alleviate my constipation and sinus issues.

As a teacher, I am very conscientious about how I spend my limited funds. However, one of the best investments and most important things I have done for my pregnancy has been getting regular prenatal massages. It has been as important as exercise and eating well. The prenatal massages are a time to focus on my body and how each new phase affects my body as my baby grows and develops.

The massages are one of the highlights of my week. I am at such peace and feel so connected to my body; I feel stronger and more in control. The relaxation translates directly to my growing baby. During each session, I feel her gently rolling peacefully around. I can feel absolute contentedness emanating from her.

Prenatal massage has served as a perfect complement to my Bradley Method childbirth preparations. Donna has taught me many techniques to pass on to my husband-coach to help me relax and ease my tension. The work she has done to help open my hips allows me to practice squatting for deeper, longer periods of time more comfortably.

Most importantly, Donna has brought awareness to where I hold tension in my body during times of stress. She has shown me how I can manage that stress during labor and for the rest of my life. I have a clearer understanding and awareness of my body. I know why and where my body is holding tension and what I can do to relax rather than leaving it up to trial and error. Prenatal massage with Donna is one of the best decisions I have made and well worth every penny. 

Lesley Jane Mace Fisher

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