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What you don’t know about infertility and how massage can help.
Lena Dunham, star of the HBO series “Girls,” recently begged off on the show’s press tour, citing severe and painful endometriosis. It affects one in 10 women and can lead to severe pain and infertility.
Lindsey Peters, 30, can relate. But she’s found help for her painful symptoms through fertility massage.
Fertility massage with licensed therapist Ashley Cimino at Women’s Wellness Massage has helped so much that she has a standing appointment each month.
“Treatments have reduced the pain and tightness from my endometriosis and the build-up of scar tissue in my lower abdomen,” says Peters. “It was a no-brainer for me to try. I love the educational component that comes with the massage treatments.”
Cimino started studying fertility massage to earn continuing education credits, but what she learned helped her conceive. She and her husband already had one son and were considering adding to the family.
“I took the class in July, trying to get pregnant with our second son, and got pregnant in August,” says Cimino. “I was doing a lot of research at the time. It was so amazing; I learned so much information I didn’t know.”
Cimino took the class from Claire Marie Miller, who, years ago, did pre-natal massage on her clients and noticed a number of her patients becoming pregnant shortly thereafter. From there, she decided to create a fertility massage class for licensed therapists.
“Fertility massage is not just massage,” says Cimino, who’s been a licensed massage therapist for six years and used to work at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. “It’s also a whole wealth of knowledge in regards to fertility wisdom—things you should be eating, shouldn’t be eating, managing your cycle, knowing when you ovulate.”
How is it different?
Fertility massage—and massage for treating reproductive issues—focuses largely on reflexology, targeting the feet and certain trigger points that affect the digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems, as well as the pelvic and abdominal region.
“You might find something in the feet is a little crunchy; it might feel painful to the client. When that happens, you make note of that and when you go back to the abdomen to do pelvic work, you want to work those same points on the body that you worked on the feet.”
Cimino recommends massage and treatment once a month or more frequently for symptoms related to illness and pain. “It can really help break up that overgrowth of cells.”
What to expect:
• A relaxing castor oil pack is placed on your abdomen at the start of treatment. This helps cleanse the digestive system and dissolve adhesions and cysts.
• Calming and centering cranial-sacral holds for balancing and centering.
• Reflexology for fertility, stimulating reproductive areas, endocrine glands and the digestive system.
• Deep pelvic work to break up adhesions and increase blood to all pelvic organs.
• Shiatsu points to increase the energy throughout the reproductive areas.
• Fertility information, regarding timing and awareness for potential conception.
• Specific aromatherapy for optimal hormonal functioning
• Visualization techniques for tuning in and opening up the conception channel.
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Planning a family?
20% of married couples have their first child after the woman is age 35.
One third of those couples experience infertility.
Not Just For Pregnancy
Women with reproductive issues seek fertility massage for pain relief and symptom management even if they’re not looking to
When Lindsey Peters was 20, she was diagnosed with endometriosis, with symptoms similar to that of a 40-year-old.
“I have suffered from extreme shooting pains from the ovaries down into the legs,” says Peters, now 30. “The pain has been so unbearable, it’s hard to get out of bed some days. These shooting pains come in waves, and they take my breath away.”
A standing monthly massage appointment has helped Peters manage the pain.
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