What Is Fertility Massage?

Fertility massage is a cutting edge field, with far-reaching benefits that are still being explored. At Pulling Down the Moon, we’ve developed specific techniques for working with the body after seeing thousands of fertility clients for over a decade. We've striven to be pioneers of this emerging healing art, blending the best of ancient modalities with cutting edge massage techniques.

What Is The FEM Protocol ?

Fertility Enhancing Massage Protocol , or ‘The FEM Protocol ’, is a five-part series using massage and related techniques to enhance the health and functioning of the pelvic and abdominal organs, and to promote the client’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The five parts of the protocol focus on cleansing the body, enhancing the blood, opening the breath, relaxing and integrating, and unwinding the mind, respectively. Each session is 75 minutes in length, which includes 10 - 15 minutes of assessment, education, and self-care techniques.

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Session 1: Cleanse the Body

Toxic buildup can create inflammation in the body, robbing it of its natural ability to balance hormones, build immunity, and create energy. In your Cleanse the Body™ session, your body’s detoxification response will be triggered using a protocol known as Raindrop Technique, in which a series of therapeutic-grade essential oils are applied to the feet and spine. This technique will be combined with a light-touch approach to stretching and opening the lymphatic pathways. Additionally, hormone-balancing essential oils, chi nei tsang techniques, reflexology, and massage will enhance your cleanse.

**This session is not recommended after an ART medicated cycle has begun.**

Appropriate for:

  • Detoxification from
    • Prolonged use of the birth control pill
    • Failed ART cycle
    • Miscarriage
    • General low-grade toxicity in environment
  • Amenorrhea (absence of period)
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)
  • Improving egg quality (through decreasing toxicity)
  • Immune system support

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Session 2: Enhance the Blood

Blood is the body’s natural healing agent. Unfortunately, many stressors trigger tension in the body, threatening its ability to properly distribute the blood. During your Enhance the Blood™ session, a blend of myofascial as well as Swedish massage will stimulate and revitalize the pelvic organs. Circulation will also be enhanced through hip mobilizations and stretches, reflexology and acupressure. In addition, thermal therapy, essential oils, and the massage of specific arteries will direct the blood toward the reproductive organs.

** This session is encouraged in the follicular phase of your cycle and during follicle stimulation, or to prepare the uterine lining for implantation.**

Appropriate for:

  • Thickening uterine lining
  • Increasing quantity of follicles
  • Improving quality/size of follicles
  • Increasing libido
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)
  • Endometriosis (to address scarring)

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Session 3: Open the Breath

As we draw in oxygen more deeply and easily, we begin to receive nourishment and renewal. Your Open the Breath™ session will pick up where your Enhance the Blood™ session left off: breathing exercises work in tandem with massage, myofascial stretches, and trigger-point therapy, releasing deep layers of tension. This powerful synergy of internal movement and external massage works together to melt adhesions, clear stagnation, and bring more oxygen to the organs. Thermal therapy, castor oil, artery massage, stretches, sacral holds, reflexology, visualizations and aromatherapy will also be used to open and unwind the belly.

** This session is encouraged in the follicular phase of your cycle and during follicle stimulation, or to prepare the uterine lining for implantation.**

Appropriate for:

  • Improving quality/size of follicles
  • Increasing quantity of follicles
  • Thickening uterine lining
  • Improving digestion/easing constipation/IBS
  • Abdominal stagnation
  • Decreasing stress & anxiety
  • Mild detox/increasing organ mobility & vitality
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)
  • Shallow or rigid breathing

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Session 4: Relax and Integrate

Chronic stress depletes the body’s energy and resources. During challenging times, the need to create relaxation, pleasure, and self-nurturing goes far beyond luxury; it is fundamental to good health. Your Relax and Integrate™ session has been stylized with long, slow, and fluid strokes, sending your body signals of wholeness, integration and pleasure. Therapeutic, Swedish massage will be performed to the full body, melting away unwanted tension while bringing peace and calming to the mind. Attention will also be given to releasing and stimulating the pelvic area through thermal therapy and gentle abdominal massage techniques. Reflexology, acupressure, vibrational therapy, and essential oils will nourish and ground the body, while they assist in balancing the adrenal glands.

** This session is helpful in the later part of the follicular phase of your cycle, within a few days of ovulation/insemination/transfer.**

Apprioriate for:

  • Decreasing stress & anxiety
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Pain (gentle session)
  • Preparing the uterus for implantation
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hyperstimulation

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Session 5: Unwind the Mind™

The suspense of the two week wait can be filled with anticipation, excitement, and expectancy, but may also be clouded by doubts, questions, and unknowns. Your Unwind the Mind™ session was created to be a safe and gentle oasis from post-ovulation stress, helping to release stagnant emotions, clear the mind, and uplift the spirit. Massage, aromatherapy, cranial holds, thermal therapy, breathing exercises, acupressure and Ayurvedic techniques relax the body while promoting cerebral bloodflow, leaving you feeling grounded and clear. Meanwhile, vibrational therapy and lymphatic massage are applied to specific points along the body, enhancing fertility, boosting immunity and endocrine function, and supporting a potential pregnancy.

**This session was designed specifically for your two week wait, but is safe to be received at anytime throughout the first trimester.**

Appropriate for:

  • Decreasing stress & anxiety
  • Mental and emotional clearing
  • Immune system support
  • Increasing cerebral bloodflow
  • Improving cognitive function/concentration/mental focus
  • Decreasing nausea
  • Supporting the lymphatic system/gentle cleanse
  • Encouraging a healthy pregnancy

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