Massage at Conception Wellness
Massage is manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. It may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms and elbows. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and strong. At Conception Wellness, we focus on three types of massage for our clients, Fertility, Prenatal, and Massage for Wellness.
Fertility massage is beneficial to women who are trying to conceive naturally and women who are undergoing fertility procedures such as IVF and IUI. It is also an important part of a pre-conception wellness plan! In addition to being therapeutic, fertility massage is comfortable, relaxing and educational at Conception Wellness. Therapeutic essential oils and/or warm castor oil packs may be part of your Fertility massages if indicated.
Fertility massage offers the following benefits:
- Improved circulation and blood flow to the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries
- Breakdown and removal of adhesions, scar tissue and stagnant blood in and around the reproductive organs
- Optimal positioning of the uterus in the pelvic cavity ( tilted uterus)
- Optimal output and reception of reproductive hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Conditions that may benefit from fertility massage at Conception Wellness include:
- Surgical scars and adhesions including C-Section recovery
- Thin uterine lining
- Luteal phase deficincey
- IVF, FET and IUI support
- Unexplained infertility
- Poor ovarian response, elevated FSH, low AMH
- Blocked fallopian tubes
Prenatal Massage (Pregnancy massage)
Massage during pregnancy is not only comfortable and relaxing, it is also beneficial to you and your baby! Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).
These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
Reduction of swelling
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system.
Improvement of nerve pain
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.
Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
The certified massage therapists at Conception Wellness have received additional training beyond the national standards to safely and comfortably care for our pregnant patients.
Massage for Wellness
Conception Wellness also offers massage for overall wellness for everyone! We believe that regular bodywork is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The health benefits are vast and varied but some important benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Pain reduction
- Improved mood and sleep
- Improved circulation
- Increase in energy
- Immunity boost
Most people will benefit from regular massage but some folks who really need it include:
- People who spend a lot of time sitting in their jobs
- People working on computers
- People under a lot of emotional stress
- Hospital workers
- Senior citizens
- Moms and Dads
Massage at Conception Wellness is relaxing, therapeutic and affordable! Call today to schedule an appointment! 858-272-8215