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Relieving Reproductive Dysfunction

Restoring women’s reproductive health

amTo understand reproductive dysfunction from a holistic perspective, it’s helpful to remember that we exist as a part of the life of the universe. We have been gifted this remarkable body and mind in order to experience life, yet we all live in prisons of our own creation.

Our physical prison is our geographic location and social class, but this is less significant than the prison that we create within our own minds. We are bound by our attachments to fears, beliefs and ideas, to people, to things and the attitudes that shape our lives.

In terms of reproduction, nature has gifted us with the senses of pleasure as an incentive to make the act of sexual intercourse pleasurable thereby supporting the fundamental biological drive to maintain our species, yet for many, sexuality has become a commodity. But because reproduction is a regulated part of our lives, we all grow into life with expectation of ease and a natural ability to have children.

Therefore when one suffers unreasonable menstrual discomfort, becomes unable to conceive or carry the growing fetus to full-term and a successful delivery, we must examine the many factors involved in how not only the woman but her partner manages their lives.

Competition and conformity

Some studies have revealed that about 18 per cent of women in India, mostly from the East, suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a disorder which causes infertility. Swati Deshpande, Principal of the prominent college from Bandra in Mumbai, said, “I have heard theories on why girls suffer from PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) at an early age. When they dress like men, they start thinking or behaving like them. There is a gender role reversal in their head. Due to this, the natural urge to reproduce diminishes right from a young age and therefore they suffer from problems like PCODs.”

It’s not that women dress like men, it’s that they get caught up in competing in a socially unjust and highly stressful system which has a negative impact on their minds and bodies. These same stresses affect men’s health as well, but for woman, these are far more significant and a major cause of PMT, infertility, pre-and post menopausal suffering.

When men and women who are already suffering a high stress lifestyle become so bound up in lives governed the dictates of the competitive society they are part of, good diet and exercise often falls away compounding their problems.

Infertility

The factors that decrease fertility are as described above, but where couples are unable to conceive, the male must take a fertility test to ensure his sperm is healthy. When his sperm are weak or too few,  there are nutritional and lifestyle improvement programs available. They cannot be guaranteed to make him fertile again but will improve the overall quality of his life. From there the lifestyle and relationship can be more closely examined before undertaking explorative work on the female body.

When women are suffering reproductive discomfort or are unable to conceive, the stress factors must be relieved and understood at an emotional level. Stresses can cause blocked fallopian tubes and other physical symptoms that can be remedied by massage or very expensive medical intervention.  Dietary and lifestyle changes can improve her sense of well-being and fertility. But overall the factors that limit the ability to conceive and have children can be collectivised under the labels of stress and malnutrition.

Restoring her reproductive health

Medical advise must be sought however this is often inconclusive because modern medicine is largely experimental and focussed on symptoms – not the whole person. What is more important is an examination of lifestyle, and establishing new ways of dealing with the stresses of life.

A first step in restoration is to improve diet, nutrition and exercise plus pleasurable recreational activities which help to show up the stress factors affecting ones life.

The second step is in getting real, in embracing ones humanity and for this yoga, meditation and massage are ideal.

Physical exercise helps to relieve some of the stresses of body and mind, but where stress factors have been present for a long time then massage is one of the best natural remedies.

With stress, please understand that stress begins in the mind but the mind cannot store stress so those stresses are stored away inside the body. Accumulated stress tightens muscles, compresses vital organs and leads to an impairment of physiological function in the different systems of the body including reproduction.

Physiological impairment leads to an inability to think clearly and make decisions, it causes a stagnancy or constipation in the body causing infertility and suffering in a world of declining fertility.

Advice

To prevent reproductive issues arising, one must take some responsibility for one’s own life to ensure one’s own health and fertility from as early in life as possible. Unfortunately people indulge in hedonistic lifestyles and then wonder why their bodies don’t function as they should when they suddenly decide it’s time to get pregnant.

When things don’t work as expected, instead of panicking, join a yoga class, get regular relaxation massages, improve diet and lifestyle factors. Then if there are still problems conceiving, there are specialist medical massage options.

Specialist massage for reproductive discomfort and infertility

Before the advent of modern medicine, massage was the only tool to help with reproductive issues and in the late 1800s medical doctors were using massage as a tool to restore everything from a prolapsed uterus, ectopic pregnancies, endometriosis , painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms.

As with Mayan abdominal massage, this medical massage has its roots in ayurveda and it relies more on the therapist’s intuitive and tactile skills than the training they’ve received because it’s fundamentally a science of touch. Some well qualified therapists will never learn and some untrained therapists can deliver excellent results. Every body they touch is uniquely different.

This massage proceeds following a consultation taking into account medical history, frequency of symptoms, diet and lifestyle.  As dietary, lifestyle and relationship issues are being improved, a course of detailed full body massages that include a detailed massage of the reproductive system will often help to relieve any pains caused by heavy periods and other problems as well as restoring reproductive comfort and functionality.

In terms of the actual massage, this is a holistic full body treatment and the deep abdominal massage helps to address stress factors within the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The massage to the pubic and genital region touches into the pressure points (acupuncture points) that help to release stress within the reproductive system.

As with all forms of massage there may be elements of discomfort which means that the therapist and client need to be in constant communication as to what feels pleasant or unpleasant so that the therapist can adjust the pressure and not cause undue discomfort. Just the thought of such a massage may cause anxiety some women yet it’s far less invasive than medical implements and surgery. Like any massage, this treatment may be a little uncomfortable at times, but pressure can be adjusted to suit.

The mainstream medical establishment disregards this sort of treatment and there are no doubt laboratories working to come up with a magic pill, but sometimes old-fashioned common sense combined with thousands of years of practical application produces excellent results.

If conception and the process of reproduction is broken, you can choose natural methods or you can choose IVF with the risk of having 5 or 10 babies all at once when all you want is one. IVF can work but the cost is often crippling.

On the other hand, you can take the inability to conceive as a blessing because you were no longer be bringing children into such an overcrowded world. But if the actual enjoyment of a sexual relationship is not there then clearly you need some help and massage is an avenue to do that.

Arrange a consultation today.

References:
Endomitriosis
Zee News ‘PCOD’
Bacterial Vaginosis
Sport and Your Period
Menstruation and culture

9 comments to Reproductive Dysfunction and Massage

  • Antoinette

    C’est une nouvelle tournure sur l’histoire et le traitement que j’ai eu quelques années. Mon mari et moi avions essayé de tomber enceinte et plutôt que de dépenser une fortune, j’ai eu des massages et ça a fonctionné. Maintenant, 3 ans, nous avons un fils mais pas de chance de lui avoir une soeur ou un frère. Ce traitement semble plus complet et transmettra cette description à mon thérapeute.

  • Fertility clinics are starting to include massage therapy in their practices, because its inclusion increases the likelihood of conception. Of the approximately 5 million women presently diagnosed as infertile, 40 percent are identified as having reproductive dysfunction due to fallopian tube obstruction. Some of these women will be seeking medical or surgical fertility treatments, gambling as much as $30,000 on procedures which offer no guaranteed results and typically have a low rate of success ranging from 10 percent to 28 percent. Massage has been proven effective and because fertility treatments are one of the most stressful events, massage is a pleasant and painless alternative.

  • Clarise

    Hello, a very interesting and insightful post. What you say makes very good sense and I’d like to try this treatment and New Zealanders too far away. Do you know anyone in Europe offering the service?

    • Admin

      Hi, I’m sorry we can’t help you with European references, but we do offer this specialised training to well qualified therapists.

  • Certainly massage is well documented to help men and it’s well established that dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles contribute significantly to the symptoms of IC, and what has been called the urethral syndrome (urgency-frequency with or without chronic pelvic pain), Weiss suggests that it is also possible that these muscles act not only as a source of symptoms, but also as contributing factor for the evolution of neurogenic inflammation of the bladder wall, which is itself a source of urothelial permeability, characteristic of IC. http://www.sanidadformacion.es/mediapool/113/1138937/data/SR001_Chronic_pelvic_pain_Pelvic_floor_problems_sacroiliacdysfunction_LEON_CHAITO.pdf

  • Hi, there’s good evidence that this works as blocked fallopian tubes are common. Please read the research article @ http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/282/Soft-Tissue-Massage-and-Infertility-Treatment

  • Bianca

    Some of what you say sounds straightforward and logical for anyone inclined to take on self responsibility for their body and their life. I wish I’d known about this when I was trying to get pregnant because the doctors, well they mucked about with my insides and sealed off all possibility of my having children. Do you offer this treatment as a service?

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