Meredith Nathan, LMT
We are proud to announce that Pulling Down the Moon's FEM Protocol
has been reviewed and approved by the NCBTMB (National Certification Board
for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork). All massage therapists in the
U.S. are required to complete CEUs every 2 years to maintain their licensure,
and the NCBTMB determines which course work is legitimate enough to award
CEUs. Pulling Down the Moon is now a NCBTMB CEU Approved Provider, and
that the FEM Protocol is an approved methodology for awarding CEUs.
Congratulations to Massage Director Meredith Nathan for her hard work and
dedication to excellence!
Like peas and carrots, stress and fertility all too often are famous friends.
And for many, the most stressful time comes not during the stimulation
of the follicular phase or timing intercourse to ovulation just right…it
comes during the two week wait. Though the suspense of the luteal phase
can be filled with anticipation, excitement, and expectancy, it can also
be clouded by doubts, questions, and unknowns. Finding proactive ways
to relax is extremely helpful during this time, so it’s no wonder
then that so many women have the same question: is it safe to receive
massage while I’m waiting to find out if I’m pregnant?
Though many have received massage during the two week wait and ended up
with healthy and successful pregnancies, the official answer is that standard,
full body massage is not recommended in the first trimester of pregnancy.
And since the two week wait hopefully marks the beginning of your first
trimester, caution should be exercised during this timeframe. Full body
massage is very stimulating to the circulatory system, and just like a
ship trying to dock and coming into port, a tiny embryo has the best chance
of implanting in ‘still waters’, not ‘choppy seas’.
That being said, massage can be a wonderful way to de-stress and relieve
your mind from anxieties you might be facing, and could support a potential
pregnancy for that reason. Here are a few tips to have a relaxing massage
experience that you can rest assured will be safe:
- avoid massage to areas that could create circulatory changes to the lower
pelvic area, such as the abdomen, low back, legs, and gluts.
- use cushioning to take pressure off the belly as you lie face down.
- focus on relaxation zones, such as head, neck, shoulders, hands, and feet
(but avoid the ankles and the sides of the heel, as these areas include
points that could stimulate the uterus).
- essential oils are fantastic, but avoid oils that could affect your hormones
(for instance, lavender is a safe and effective oil to use, whereas clarysage is not).
- light touch therapies such as craniosacral therapy and lymphatic drainage
applied to the upper body can create profound relaxation while supporting
the body’s ability to heal.
If possible, work with a therapist that is familiar with fertility, and
the type of cycle you’re in. A knowledgable therapist may even know
acupressure points to help promote implantation, and will stay away from
points that could deter it. And feeling confident in your therapist will
ultimately allow you to relax, unwind and have a truly fantastic massage