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Fertility and Reproductive Care Featuring; The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (R)
WHAT EXACTLY IS PRENATAL MASSAGE?
As you move into this next chapter in your life, you will find it carries many new experiences. Prenatal Massage is an important tool to support you and your baby through these changes (and sometimes challenges). It is a natural approach to harmonize any added stress to your physical and emotional body while preparing for birth and beyond.
It is just like a regular massage: it loosens the muscles and joints, improves circulation for you and your baby, and relieves fatigue.
However, prenatal massage is performed by a certified prenatal specialist who is able to target the unique needs of mothers-to-be in each trimester. These therapists are adept at working with specific conditions that can occur during pregnancy, such as pelvic pain, and digestive and elimination issues.
The length of your prenatal massage can range from sixty minutes to two hours depending on your specific needs. Several techniques are employed such as:
Swedish massage, myofascial, stretching & range of motion, and other modalities to relax and soothe the body, and to treat and ease tensions. At the end of the session you are left feeling restored, relaxed, and comfortable in your happy body. You will also gain secrets on how to sleep better, foods that support pregnancy, relaxation techniques, and exercises to support you during this time of added stress.
As your pregnancy progresses, you will find each trimester will hold its own unique needs from your body.
THE BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE:
The health of your uterus and its ligaments will assist to avoid common complications, such as incontinence, prolapse, scar tissue (especially with caesarean) and future fertility issues. Prenatal massage does more than benefit the mother; everything a pregnant woman does from her diet and fitness to her relaxation and relative state of contentment also directly affects the child she is carrying. Study after study has proven that calmness in the mother leads to healthier baby development.
Receiving regular prenatal massage benefits labor by:
- 25% shorter delivery time
- 30%reduction in all pain medications
- 50% fewer cesarean births
- 60% less request for epidurals
- promotes relaxation
- reduces edema
- reduces blood pressure & relieves varicose veins
- improves blood circulation & lymph circulation
- facilitates support for respiratory, digestive & elimination
- releases neck, back and and other joint pain
- relieves muscle spasms and cramps
- reduces mental strain, fatigue and depression & anxiety
PRENATAL MASSAGE YOUR FIRST TRIMESTER
Creating the Foundation
As weight in your belly begins to increase, your center of gravity shifts, adding stress and strain to weaker areas. This is your opportunity to concentrate on muscles, ligaments, and postural problems to create a stronger structural foundation.
The focus of your first trimester is to address any pre-existing conditions. This can include chronic issues: back, neck, shoulder, pelvic pain, sciatica, or other recurring problems. Immediately attending to these issues will support your body’s ability to more easily distribute the added weight as your baby grows. Along with physical support, massage at this time also reduces emotional anxieties, which are important to a healthy foundation.
YOUR SECOND TRIMESTER
Baby’s First Massage
At this stage the pregnancy is settled in and it is time to focus on uterine support. As your uterus increases in size( 4 oz to 13 lb..) it is easy to over stress the 13 ligaments which give it support. Keeping the ligaments toned easily prevents many debilitating symptoms such as pelvic or back pain, premature delivery, and back labor. However, most importantly massage is a wonderful way to connect to your baby. You will be taught your own self care massage for home play.
YOUR THIRD TRIMESTER
Preparing for Baby
So many internal and external events are taking place in preparation for your labor and birth. As strain to ligaments increase due to additional weight and increased hormones, simple movements can induce pain until the muscles around them are released. Uterine pressure to your legs can also cause excessive swelling, along with blockages to digestion and elimination.
Not only does prenatal massage on a regular basis help combat these symptoms, but it will also relax your body in preparation for an easier labor, delivery and recovery.
Returning a Wandering Womb
Your body has been put under tremendous stress, especially in the abdominal and pelvic areas. You're recovering from your pregnancy and delivery (especially with cesarean section), and now you're caring for your newborn. These are all individually major transitions. Postnatal massage supports recovery of all these stages in a gentle and effective way.
One major overlooked problem in postpartum recovery is the uterine ligaments. These ligaments are meant to easily expand to accommodate pregnancy, however, recovery can often create complications. One uterine massage after birth will not usually repair the nine months they have endured under such pressure, especially if there was trauma during delivery (such back labor, cesarean, extended pushing, improper care). These ligaments have a hard time recovering, similar to the over-stretched elastic in your waist band. If they are not properly healed, the uterus can not return to its proper positioning and many can complications occur. Some complications are: incontinence, constipation, uterine, bladder, or rectal prolapse, scar tissue (especially with caesarean or fallopian tube blockages), and future fertility issues.
Getting regular massages and learning to do your own “Self-Care Massage” will assist not only the uterine ligaments and uterus to return to their proper places, but also will support the harmony of all healing.
You can start Postpartum Massage one week after a normal vaginal delivery, six weeks after a normal caesarean, and after release of doctor's care from any other complications.
* Touch Study Support for Pregnancy by Marshall Klaus, MD
Acupuncture is a component of the healthcare systems of the Orient that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for the disease, and it's root causes. Acupuncture, can correct imbalances of energy flow (including blood and circulation) flow at identifiable points close to the skin and regain movement of proper Qi throughout the body.
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a variety of approaches to diagnosis and treatment in American acupuncture that incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The most thoroughly studied mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. All needs are sterile and one use only. Unlike hypodermic needles, these are so ultra-thin you can tie them in a knot. Most patients do not feel any pain at the insertion, maybe just a slight pinch on occasion. However, the acupuncturist works with the patient to achieve their comfort level in their treatment.
Most patients tended to have their original complaints resolve along with a side benefit of deeper relaxation and stress release.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Known in Central America as Banjos (ba-hoes) or in Korea as Chai-yok, these baths have been used around the world for centuries to foster good uterine and vaginal health. Steams are especially effective for women with a misplaced uterus, which can lead to symptoms such as dark menstrual blood, cramping, periods that stop and start, as well as repeated yeast and other bacterial infections. They are also helpful for cervical dysplasia and can enhance fertility, supporting natural cycles and increasing the efficacy of assisted reproductive techniques. Some women may think of their lower bodies as separate, especially if there has been some type of trauma (physically, emotionally or spiritually) in the pelvis. This treatment helps them pamper themselves “down there” and reconnect with their bodies.
Think of a V-Steam as a facial for your vagina. It creates the same effects as a facial, but it does so internally for your uterus and vaginal canal. It is a wonderful way to treat menstrual problems and bring welcomed relief! The V-Steam is also a effective treatment for relief in peri- and post-menopausal years. Unlike using chemicals and pharmaceuticals, there are no adverse side effects. The steams are pH balanced and the herbs I use are all organic.
The V-Steam increases blood flow and circulation to the uterus, making it ideal for fertility. The steams are PH-balanced and they contain natural, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Truly a wonderful complement when preparing the uterus for conception. Used 24 hours before retrieval or transfer, doctors and patients have found they enhance the ease and and efficacy of these procedures.
Click here to see a short video on the benefits of V-Steam!
Infant Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically to promote the healthy development of your infant. Caring human touch is crucial for a healthy thriving baby, and the benefits of massaging a young child are many, including:
- Improved growth and development of the brain and nervous system
- Strengthened immune system function
- Regulated sleeping patterns, leading to deeper sleep
- Greater levels of trust and intimacy between parent and child
For those of you wishing to have a more in depth experience with my personal fertility support I am now offering my “Making Babies” Month Fertility Package through The YinOva Center. The package includes an initial 2 hour consultation with 3 follow up hour treatments. The discounted cost is $740.00. I also work with patients going through assisted fertility cycles. For more information on massage for fertility enhancement check out my blog in the YinOva Center archives Blog page online.