What is Womb Massage?
Artwork: Dancing in the Womb of Papaya By Mara Berendt
Womb Massage is a specific modality within the field of Massage often referred to as (Mayan) Abdominal Massage or Fertility Massage. I would say that “Womb Massage is about the health of the Woman regardless of what stage of life a girl or woman is in. As a student of Medical Massage Therapy, I was introduced to brief protocols for Abdominal Massage. I later attended a training on Mayan Abdominal Massage and went on to have a private prenatal practice. I find that in most massage practices that the womb is not a primary focus. Usually the sore and stiff muscles act as the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. That’s why it’s great that as Practitioners, we can delve into inspired areas of study and expertise.
Womb Massage is Ancient and Indigenous
Most often Womb massage was practiced during pregnancy and postpartum to re-situate the uterus. However some Indigenous Peoples understood the importance of keeping the womb area vibrant, loose and fluid. In Indigenous tribes from The Contininent of Africa and all throughout the diaspora, Medicine Men and Women, also known as Priests and Shaman recognized the importance of what we would call today Reiki and Therapeutic touch to the Womb area. Especially in Matrilineal (which most Indigenous Tribes were) Societies whereby women and children were revered, honored and protected. Girls were kept close to the women of the family and taught of their sacredness. There were sacred rites and rituals around menses and of course marraiage and childbearing and birthing.
Fundal massage, also called uterine massage, is a technique used to reduce bleeding and cramping of the uterus after childbirth or after an abortion. As the uterus returns to its nonpregnant size, its muscles contract strongly, which can cause pain. Wikipedia
What’s in Your Womb?
You’re Womb is Vast!
Did you know you’re Uterus was muscular? And just like any muscle tissue it can get underused and flaccid or overworked and fatigued. But given that the Uterus is an Organ it has specialized function and hence more specialized needs than say the Quadricepts. “Organ Definition. An organ is a self-contained group of tissues that performs a specific function in the body. The heart, liver, and stomach are examples of organs in humans. The word organ comes from the Latin organum, which means “instrument”. ... Organs are found in most animals and plants.”(https://biologydictionary.net/organ/)
~The uterus (from Latin "uterus", plural uteri) or womb is a major female hormone-responsive secondary sex organ of the reproductive system in humans and most other mammals. In the human, the lower end of the uterus, the cervix, opens into the vagina, while the upper end, the fundus, is connected to the fallopian tubes.~ Wikipedia
Organs need nourishment and in Ancient African, Ayurvedic and Chinese Healing Systems it is Understood that Organs have energy and emotion associated with them. Energetically Speeking a Girl/Woman’s womb is the seat of her Feminine Conciousness and Creativity. It is a holding place, a container, a collector. It is the Primordial Epicenter of All Life. Obviously the health and care of this area is of paramount import to our entire existence. Physically our core is also here. It is true that when our core is strong we are radiant and resilient.
Womb Massage can relax the ligaments surrounding the uterus and can help to bring ease to the bowels given its proximity. Naturally other organs in the abdominal cavity will be positively effected, cleared and rejuvenated by womb massage.
What if you’re Womb was removed?
If you have had your physical womb removed, the spirit of your womb is still present. Also Womb Massage could be even more important for you as it is essential that the area stay toned and vital so that organs don’t sink, prolapse and decay.
Is Womb Massage for Me?
The benefits of massage which are time tested and indisputable are exponentialized when applied to the womb.
Massage brings blood flow to the area. Increasing Oxygenation and Cleansing
Massage Loosens Blockages and Adhesions which can Dissolve growths
Massage Relaxes the Autonomic Nervous System which promotes self healing and homeostasis
We have ligaments, tubes, connective tissues, ovaries etc in our womb area. Our Wombs are constantly collecting the energy of our experiences and a womb massage can breathe new life into is most sacred and essential of areas.
Reclaim Your Womb! Reclaim your Vitality! Reclaim your Sacredness!
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