The massage will vary according to where you are in your cycle and your unique situation.
Pre-Ovulation & Ovulation (Natural & Assisted)
After you have finished your period, you are in the phase where your ovaries are now working to produce mature follicles, in the lead up to ovulating.
When you are in this part of your cycle, your massage will incorporate working on your lower back, digestive system and your womb area. I am aiming to increase the circulation in the whole of your abdomen to help boost the flow of nutrients, oxygen and hormones to your womb and ovaries.
Energetically, Pre-Ovulation is when women are in their “Spring Time” whilst Ovulation is our “Summer Time” When women are in these 2 stages of the cycle our energy starts to wake up and become alive within our bodies, the time when most women feel new-energy, enthusiasm and vitality.
Post Ovulation (natural) or Post Implantation (Assisted)
After you have ovulated or had embryo transfer, there is a possibilty that you could be pregnant so I will adjust the massage with awareness of this.
You are still able to have the massage however I avoid massaging the womb area and place more focus on the lower back, sacrum, upper abdomen to increase circulation. In this phase progesterone increases, which slows down the digestive system, so having the abdominal massage will be beneficial. I can also incorporate guided visualisations if you like, and energy work.
Energetically, Post Ovulation is when we enter our “Autumn” phase; this is a time of change and a need to be truthful with oneself. We want to clear out those things in our lives that aren’t serving us well. This is where we typically experience PMT. This can be a fiery time, where our tolerence levels decrease, and we can be quick to react with rage. Having the massage at this time is very nurturing, and can help these feelings gently move out of your body.
This is also the time when many women are going through the 2 week wait. Having the massage during this time can help alleviate stress, help promote the production of feel-good hormones and help reduce anxiousness.
Menstruation (Natural & Assisted)
When you are bleeding, you can still receive the massage, however the womb area is avoided. I will instead focus on the lower back and sacral area, the digestive system, and acupressure points on your feet, along with energy work and rebozo massage, which is deeply relaxing.
Energetically, when we are menstruating we are in our “Winter” phase. This is a time when women become more reflective and Inward, preferring to hide away and have alone time and space. As well as shedding blood, we are also shedding emotions, and anything that doesn’t serve our well-being.
What if I am not actively trying to conceive?
In this case you can have the full treatment, including womb massage anywhere in your cycle apart from when you are bleeding as when you are bleeding I avoid the womb area.
What if I don’t have a cycle?
If your cycle is missing or irregular then having a block of treatments approximately 1 week apart will be beneficial to help re-balance your body and increase the blood flow into the womb. This may help your cycle to return and become regulated.
Serenity Massage & Holistic Centre is on the South Side of Glasgow. The clinic address is 4 Parklands, Glasgow, G44 3RA