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Massage as Treatment for Infertility

By: Carol Hayes, Massage Therapist

There are many causes of infertility and just as many different types of treatments. From conventional to complementary, women choose a variety of options to increase their chances for conception. Fertility massage can also be a holistic therapy for those women who do not have any known fertility problems but want to consciously prepare their body for conception.

Massage can be a powerful adjunct treatment to those undergoing IUI or IVF or it can be used as a standalone treatment. Acupuncture and fertility massage are particularly effective when used together. The massage works to enhance the overall health of the woman. It combines craniosacral techniques for overall deep relaxation with reflexology for toning the reproductive organs. Abdominal massage helps to break up adhesions or scar tissue and increase overall circulation to the pelvic region. During the session the practitioner may make lifestyle suggestions (sleep, diet, herbs and vitamins) as they pertain to increasing fertility.

Regularly receiving fertility massage provides many benefits for the reproductive system. Some of the benefits are:

•Helps to reposition a tilted uterus
•Promotes hormonal balance
•Massage helps to break up scar tissue
•Helps to bring fresh blood to the uterus
•Helps to reduce stress & stress hormones
•Increases circulation to the uterus & cervix
•Improves endocrine system communication
•Encourages the liver to get rid of excess hormones
•Promotes hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop
•Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues