Fertility Massage Therapy at Dublin Holistic Centre
A specialised therapeutic massage to support reproductive wellbeing
Deirdre Mc Grath is Ireland's first certified practitioner of Fertility Massage Therapy, a modern holistic fusion of traditional pelvic massage techniques, abdominal sacral massage, pulsing, trigger point therapy, reflexology and guided visualisation which form a warm and deeply nurturing treatment.
Holistic advice on diet, lifestyle and additional naturopathic self care techniques to optimise your fertility included. Combined, these techniques help address common complaints of the reproductive and digestive systems and lower back, thus enhancing your fertility.
Fertility Massage Therapy is a specialised fusion of traditional massage techniques from many cultures with fertility reflexology, pulsing and energy healing used to help support reproductive wellbeing, a healthy menstrual cycle, and your fertility. This beautiful flowing massage is deeply nurturing and can help your body attain a natural balance, improve circulation and lymphatic flow to your abdominal organs including your womb and ovaries, help reduce pelvic tension and stress and much more.
Regular fertility massage sessions over a period of 3 – 6 months may provide many benefits for the reproductive system. Some of the benefits people have experienced are:
- Helping to reposition a tilted uterus
- Assist in promoting hormonal balance through reducing stress and improving circulation
- Helping to break up scar tissue and adhesions
- Improving circulation bringing fresh blood to the uterus and ovaries
- Massage is very beneficial in reducing stress and your level of stress hormones
- Increasing circulation to the womb and cervix
- Encouraging the liver to remove excess hormones
- Helping the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues
Can Fertility Massage help me?
Are you experiencing any of the following?
Painful periods | Blocked Fallopian tubes | Blood clots during | Hormonal imbalances | Ovarian cysts | Uterine fibroids | Unexplained infertility | High FSH levels | Poor egg health | Ovarian failure | Stress from infertility | Lack of menstruation | Lack of ovulation | Heavy menstrual bleeding | Constipation | Pain during ovulation | Tilted uterus | Pelvic scar tissue | Gas and bloating | Endometriosis | PCOS ·
You may be trying for a baby naturally, thinking about using IVF, IUI, Clomid or ICSI or have already embarked on assisted reproductive treatments.
Deirdre helps support clients undergoing fertility treatments at the leading fertility clinics in Ireland including the Sims Clinic and Merrion Fertility Clinic in Dublin as well as working with international clients. Natural fertility support sessions are available worldwide via Skype.
How can Fertility Massage help?
Here are some examples of how Fertility Massage can help with common conditions. Please be aware that these benefits are based on traditional practice and, as with any treatment, individual results cannot be guaranteed.
Blocked Fallopian Tubes
One of the greatest benefits of massage is the ability to break up adhesions. Fertility Massage helps to break up adhesions while helping the body to get rid of the remaining tissues. Specialised massage techniques over the womb, ovaries and Fallopian tubes in addition to castor oil packs at home can provide a non-intrusive option that may help women with blocked fallopian tubes and may be worth trying before resorting to more invasive procedures.
Fertility Massage helps the body with congestive issues of the pelvis by improving blood flow in the pelvis. When endometriosis begins to grow in other areas of the body besides the uterus, irritation occurs which then can create scar tissue. This in turn can cause organs to begin to become stuck together by the scar tissue and tight fascia. It may also cause fallopian tubes to begin to twist. Fertility Massage may be helpful for management of pain caused by endometriosis. Endorphins are released during a massage which help to reduce pain and stress.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is another issue of stagnation in the body. When ovulation does not occur and a cyst begins to grow on the ovaries, this causes a series of imbalances to occur, one of the main ones being hormonal imbalance as the correct level of progesterone is not produced. Massage can also help improve circulation to the ovaries, helping to nourish and bring fresh blood to your eggs. Along with good nutrition, healthy circulation to the ovaries can help support the health of your remaining egg reserve. A healthy diet is essential to counter PCOS and healthy eating advice is part of every holistic Fertility Massage treatment with Deirdre. You should not expect to resolve your symptoms through massage alone.
With unexplained infertility the best approach is to focus on a 360 degree holistic health plan giving your body and mind what they need to find a natural balance. Specialised pelvic massage can be helpful in many ways if you are experiencing unexplained infertility. The techniques help to increase circulation which in turn helps to increase egg health by bringing fresh oxygenated, nutrient filled blood to the eggs. Holistic Fertility Massage also helps with the stress of infertility. Stress has been shown in studies to affect hormonal balance by increasing prolactin (the hormone that keeps you from getting pregnant while you are breastfeeding) and raising cortisol (a stress hormone). Cortisol shares a common precursor with progesterone (a sex hormone) –so it is essential to try to calm cortisol production to optimise your hormonal balance. Massage is very helpful in this area and many women come for treatment alongside other reproductive support as they find the sessions so deeply relaxing and nurturing.
One of the main benefits of Fertility Massage is that it improves circulation to the ovaries. This can be very helpful if you have ovarian cysts by helping to reduce inflammation, clear congestion and promote better hormonal balance. In your session we will also look at ways you can reduce your exposure to excess oestrogens which may be leading to unhealthy oestrogen dominance.
Do you have pain with every menstrual cycle? There can be many different causes of menstrual cramps and massage may help most of them. What causes menstrual pain?
- The uterus is having to contract excessively to expel old blood
- A “cold uterus” – this is a diagnostic term used in TCM which means that your uterus that is lacking proper circulation.
- Scar tissue after surgery, PID, or endometriosis may cause a lot of pain when the uterus contracts during menstruation.
- Nutritional deficiencies can effect both PMS and menstrual cramps.
- A tilted uterus may be associated with painful periods.
Fertility Massage can greatly help with painful periods which often resolves in 1 or 2 sessions (alongside self care done at home)! It encourages a healthy womb by helping correct position if tilted, bringing increased circulation to a “cold uterus”, helping to clear scar tissue and adhesions and carrying fresh blood rich in oxygen and nutrients to the womb.
Massage encourages a healthy “feedback loop” between the pituitary, hypothalamus, and ovaries helping to balance the levels of hormones produced in the body. By massaging the ovaries and benefitting from the stress relieving benefits of massage in general, a healthier overall balance can be established in the body. During your session, the liver is also deeply massaged, which is another important organ for hormonal balance.
Improving Egg Health
You may have been given the news that your egg reserve is low and of poor quality. You can improve the health of your remaining eggs and one of the foundations of natural fertility is promoting egg health through eating nutrient dense foods and antioxidants which help to protect the eggs integrity from free radicals and improving delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the ovaries through improved circulation - massage and castor oil packs can help with this.
Stress caused by fertility issues
Fertility Massage is a very relaxing therapy that works on your core to benefit the whole body and can be very effective as a stress relieving therapy. While you are receiving a massage, the body begins to relax, blood and lymph flow improves, endorphins (feel good hormones) are released, and muscular tension eases. The rhythmic flowing strokes of your professional treatment allied to your regular at home self care ritual can be a great antidote to stress build up in your body.
Many health issues can be traced back to lack of optimal circulation and healthy circulation is vital for fertility and your overall wellbeing. Delivering fresh, clean, well-oxygenated blood to our organs and cells is of the upmost importance. Massage supports the body’s natural processes helping to return blood to the heart for oxygen, improving lymph drainage and circulation and helping the body to process and get rid of toxins in organs and muscles. There are many causes of poor circulation. The main ones being:
- Having a sedentary lifestyle
- Sitting for long periods of time in work and at home
- Lack of exercise
- High cholesterol
How does Fertility Massage Therapy work?
Abdominal massage has been used for centuries in many traditional cultures around the worlds - from the Mayans to the Chinese, Indian and East Asian traditions - to help women improve their fertility and create a healthy womb. This pelvic fertility bodywork works over the reproductive organs of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries as well as your other abdominal organs such as the stomach, liver, small intestine and colon. The technique also works on the diaphragm helping to improve breathing and oxygenation.
Your womb sits behind and just above the bladder towards the bottom of the pelvic bowl. Fertility Massage can help a uterus that has become tilted by encouraging it into a more centred and upright position. Your womb may also be compressed by bloated and sluggish intestines, and general lack of healthy circulation in the pelvis. The main artery that supplies the uterus with blood also supplies the legs with blood. If you lead a sedentary or stressful life this circulation can be compromised. Improving your overall activity level, engaging in stretching exercises such as yoga or Pilates and receiving skilled abdominal massage work can help greatly. Fallopian tubes can be twisted and congestion, restricted fascia, inflammation, scar tissue, or past surgeries to the pelvic area can all contribute to poor circulation to the womb.
The ovaries are located in front of the uterus either side but can be shifted in position due to fascial restrictions. Fertility Massage can help your ovaries by bringing fresh well-oxygenated blood and nutrients to your eggs.
Fallopian Tube Massage
The Fallopian tubes are attached to the sides of the uterus and are very fine tubes which open towards the ovaries. Abdominal massage for supporting fertility may be helpful in supporting the body to clear blocked tubes naturally and helping loosen scar tissue in the reproductive system.
Part of the abdominal massage works deeply over the stomach, liver and intestines. Massaging the stomach is useful for helping digestion and reducing stress. At first you may become aware of how your stomach feels physically tight and tense due to stress and holding patterns in the body. All health begins in the gut and a relaxed digestive system functions better and supports overall health and hormonal balance.
Your liver performs over 700 tasks in the body one of which is to process excess hormones and toxins for excretion from the body. The liver is located on the right side of the body just behind and below the bottom ribs. The massage helps improve circulation of blood and energy to the liver.
Small intestine and deep colon massage
Massaging the intestines is so important for your general health and can greatly improve how well and vital you feel. By massaging the intestines you are helping your body to eliminate impacted faeces and improve peristalsis and healthy function. As well as eating the recommended nutrient dense diet, you want to ensure you improve your absorption of the nutrients. Deep colon massage is very helpful here. Congested faecal impacted intestines can also be heavy, leaving you feeling weighed down, sluggish and bloated and putting unnecessary weight on the womb, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
- If you are menstruating at the time of your session, the protocol will be adapted and use only very light strokes over the womb.
- If you are currently trying to conceive, it is best to receive fertility abdominal massage in the weeks between the last day of your period and ovulation but the protocol can be adapted to any point in your cycle.
- Abdominal massage is not advised in the first trimester of pregnancy and this therapy is not suitable if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- If you have any abdominal health issues you should first consult with your doctor before attending for abdominal massage, whether this is to support fertility or digestion. This is a complementary therapy and not a replacement for necessary medical care.
What techniques are used in Fertility Massage sessions?*
Deirdre’s style of fertility massage work incorporates techniques from Maya abdominal massage,Chi Nei Tsang (Asian organ massage), energy medicine, deep tissue massage, pulsing, myofascial release, acupressure, reflexology and castor oil therapy. Additional techniques such as EFT/Tapping for fertility and auricular acupuncture (a microsystem acupuncture using the ear as a map of the body) can be added to your treatment package as needed.
*This will vary from practitioner to practitioner depending on their skill set. Deirdre is highly trained and experienced in multiple mind and body modalities found to be supportive to fertility wellbeing including auricular acupuncture, energy therapies including energy medicine, EFT/Tapping and the Emotion Code, pelvic bodywork including Maya abdominal therapy, Fertility massage and Abdominal-sacral massage, reproductive reflexology and holistic aromatherapy.
Chi Nei Tsang
Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient Chinese form of organ massage. It is used to clear blocked energy, tension, stress that accumulates in the organs, release toxins, clear excessive heat if present, or helps with heat deficiency such as a cold uterus. The basis of Chi Nei Tsang is based on helping the flow of chi (life force) to flow smoothly through the entire body. If there is a health issue anywhere in the body, this is an indication of blocked or stagnant chi. The massage helps to clear the blockage so chi can continue flowing and help the body to heal itself.
Energy Medicine for Fertility Support
Deirdre is one of the first certified practitioners of Energy Medicine (based on the work of renowned healer Donna Eden) in Europe with many years of training and professional practice and is Ireland’s leading practitioner of Energy Medicine for Women’s Wellbeing, specialising in fertility support and hormonal balance alongside digestive and emotional wellbeing. A high degree of sensitivity and extensive training in tracking subtle imbalances in your body’s energy systems make Deirdre’s fertility massage sessions unique.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage helps to break up adhesions, increase circulation, and aids in detoxification. The slow, deep movements of the massage help to relax the body while promoting fresh blood flow.
This helps to release constrictions of the myofascial tissue that wraps around your organs and muscles. This helps to release organs and tissues that may have become stuck to each other and also helps bring fresh blood and oxygen to the reproductive system.
Acupressure comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine and is based on the same theoretical basis as acupuncture, but uses finger pressure rather than needles. It involves applying pressure to a specific point on the body to bring greater balance and circulation. Acupressure can help with both physical and emotional wellbeing. You may have read how acupuncture can help support fertility - acupressure for fertility can be very helpful if you prefer not to use needles and he technique can be seamlessly blended into a warm and nurturing pampering fertility massage.
Reflexology is a massage technique that is applied to specific areas of your feet, hands or face. Deirdre has received specialised training in both reproductive reflexology and chi reflexology. This type of fertility reflexology can support the health of the reproductive system and also has specific protocols to work with each phase of your cycle whether trying for a baby naturally or undergoing IVF or other ART. By stimulating certain points the body is assisted to clear congestion and stagnation and circulation and chi to flow to the organ is improved. There are specific points to work referring to the reproductive, endocrine, and digestive systems and sequences to encourage better chi flow. Depending on your needs, Deirdre may also combine reflexology work with visualisations for deep energetic and emotional balancing in your session
Supportive therapies for natural fertility
Castor Oil Packing
Castor oil has been used for thousands of years as a healing tool and was frequently recommended by the great healer, Edgar Cayce. Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant and is used, externally only, over the lower abdomen. The packs may help break down internal adhesions and cysts, improve lymphatic function in the area and help relieve congestion in the pelvis. They can also help in improving digestive function and slimming down fat and congestion around the middle.
Therapeutic organic and wild-crafted aromatherapy oils and flower essences are blended into a personalised massage balm to support your pelvic health, whether you are looking to improve reproductive or digestive health. You can also take home a blended oil for self care massage.
Teaching you a self care pelvic massage
Putting healing in your own hands, Deirdre will take the time to teach you how to do a simple massage routine at home. This will take 5 – 10 minutes a day and is very helpful in maintaining and building on the effects of your professional sessions.
Natural fertility help
I trained one to one with Clare Blake, founder of Fertility Massage Therapy, in 2012 becoming one of the UK's first certified Fertility Massage practitioners and the very first Irish practitioner of Fertility Massage! Since then I have practised internationally and also teach workshops on natural fertility.
You can find a list of fully trained and qualified Fertility Massage Therapy practitioners here: http://www.fertilitymassage.co.uk/practitioners-3/
Fertility Massage Therapy is an ideal addition to your natural fertility programme or to any programme of Artificial Reproductive Technology(ART) such as IVF, IUI, ICSI.
Is Fertility Massage for me?
If your condition would benefit from relaxing muscle tension in the abdomen, improving circulation, reducing lymphatic congestion, having a better flow of energy or chi, improving alignment of pelvic organs, then yes, Fertility Massage may help you! I would be happy to have a no obligation chat with you to answer any questions you have.
Please note: You should always first see your doctor about any unexplained abdominal symptoms and they will remain your primary healthcare provider if you are diagnosed with any medical condition. Where appropriate and after consultation with your doctor you can receive pelvic massage as a complementary therapy. As a holistic therapist I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions but work to support wellbeing and healthy functioning of the body. This treatment is based on traditional techniques drawn from many cultures and individual results may vary.
This therapy may help improve reproductive complaints such as:
- Unexplained fertility issues
- Ovarian cysts and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Period problems - menstrual cramps, heavy bleeds, clotting, irregular cycles
- Poor egg health
If any of these sound familiar, fertility massage therapy, along with suggested diet and lifestyle advice and supportive techniques such as castor oil packing, can make a big difference in your quality of life and wellbeing. Come along to Dublin Holistic Centre and see why Fertility Massage has become so popular.
It's not just good for fertility support! Digestive complaints respond well too:
- Bloating or excess gas
- IBS and other common digestive discomforts
I also practise Abdominal-Sacral massage which includes deep colon massage for digestive health and your treatment will be bespoke to best suit your needs.
Emotional ups and downs on your fertility journey
Increased stress levels, invasive procedures, emotional turmoil, fears and worries; our bodies hang on to these stresses and emotions, often in our abdomen. Our language can reveal this - you might feel 'sick to your stomach', 'have butterflies in your tummy', feel 'gutted', or describe an event as 'gut wrenching' or 'stomach churning'. If those feelings are familiar to you, Fertility Massage Therapy can help gently ease this tension, so you feel lighter and freer in mind and body.
You may have been told 'just relax and it will happen!' or be watching friends and family effortlessly fall pregnant which only increases your own sense of tension and frustration. It's so hard to 'just relax' even though you know that's what you should be doing. Taking time out for yourself to be nurtured, and learning how to perform the massage on yourself, will gently encourage you to relax and unwind.
Fertility Massage has numerous physical benefits but one of the most important benefits is to relax and release tension and emotions trapped within, supporting you through whatever fertility journey you are on.
- Whether you have been trying to conceive for some time or are at the beginning of your journey
- Trying to conceive naturally or going through IVF cycles
- Planning on using an egg or sperm donor
- Have experienced previous miscarriages
- Just want to maintain and support your pelvic health
- Are part of a same sex couple or single parent
Fertility Massage can benefit you both physically, emotionally and spiritually.