What is Abdominal/ 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 call my brand of womb massage "Warm Ginger Shea Goddess Massage" which I will talk more about in a few.
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 (abdomen) is not a primary focus. Usually the sore and stiff skeletal muscles act as the squeaky wheels that get 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 and Americas, Medicine Men and Women, also known as Priests and Shaman have 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.
Dis~ease of the Womb: Uterine Fibroids
"Uterine fibroids are a noncancerous tumor that develops in or around the uterus. There are four main types of fibroids which are classified by where they develop in proximity to the uterus and uterine lining. Uterine fibroids are not life-threatening, but they can cause painful symptoms and other serious complications if left untreated. Many women will develop fibroids in their life, especially women of African or African-American descent. But why do women of color have and increased risk of developing fibroids?
Not only are black women more prone to getting fibroids, but they may also experience different or additional symptoms of uterine fibroids compared to women of other races. They may often suffer from severe symptoms, and around 40% of black women with fibroids frequently report painful menstruation and cramps. Fibroid symptoms also cause black women to be three times higher for risk of anemia and can affect fertility."~ excepted from What are Fibroids? https://www.usafibroidcenters.com/blog/are-african-american-women-more-likely-to-get-fibroids/
Abdominal Womb Massage can provide relief for Symptoms associated with Fibroids
The importance of oxygen and movement cannot be underestimated for womb support . It is commonly accepted that massage increases circulation, reduces stress and lowers blood pressure Whilst these 3 benefits alone will assist many menstruation and digestive disorders here are some more ideas. As we know movement maintains flexibility and oxygen supports life and vitality and renewal! So, actually abdominal massage does not actually have to be hands on at all – here are a few ideas :
Belly dancing, chakra dancing, zumba and hula hooping ! Yes, that’s right. Not only great but helps keep the pelvic basin moving and remain oxygenated.
Yoga : Yoga asana practice is amazing for both menstruation and digestion. Twists and inversions provide a digestive and organ massage but all yoga techniques should be advised by a yoga teacher during menstruation.
Abdominal Massage: Gentle, precision massage, with or without the application of heat, relieves painful symptoms, promotes and reinstates normal peristalsis and the body’s natural rhythm
Manual Lymphatic – is very gentle but super powerful. MLD releases toxins using very specific movements using the hands and fingers. This pumping movement directs and enhances lymphatic flow. It has many uses for congested skin conditions, headaches, sinus congestion, sluggish circulation, bloating, IBS, swelling, cellulite reduction and digestive conditions causing toxin retention and amazing post surgery.
Fertility Massage . Main focus of the massage is the torso, from the pubic bone to ribs, and then lower lumbar, sacrum and buttocks. Excerpted from 5 natural remedies for fibroids, endo and womb health.
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 Abdominal Womb Massage for Me?
The benefits of massage which are time tested and indisputable are exponentialized when applied to the abdomen and uterus area.
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 this most sacred and essential of areas.
Reclaim Your Womb! Reclaim your Sacredness! Reclaim your Vitality!
Warm Ginger Shea Womb Goddess Massage
This is my signature Abdominal Womb Massage protocol. I use a blend of Blend of Healing Oils and Herbs including Shea Butter, Ginger and Calendula. I focus on the hips, gluteals, abdomen, womb and low back.
It's important to note that abdominal/ womb massage is not just for women who are experiencing abdominal discomfort or dis-ease; its also preventative and restorative.
"The uterus is held in position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to stretch to accommodate a growing foetus inside and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side."~
The WGS Womb Goddess Massage is not only for a troubled uterus. Having this massage regularly can keep the abdomen and uterus supplied with fresh oxygenated nutrient rich blood with and help remove waste by promoting circulation as well as tone the uterine muscles.
Sessions include Full Body relaxation and Sound Healing. Yoni~Womb Wellness is my extreme and utter passion and the foundation of Women's Vitality.
Benefits of WGSW Goddess Massage
1.) Promotes Womb Wellness and Fertility through increased
clearing of and nourishment to the Uterus.
2.)Nourishes Abdominal organs by bringing circulation and oxygen rich blood flow which encourages elimination and detoxification. So many feminine reproductive issues stem from poor circulation and elimination.
3.)Relieves tired low back and hips. Often the pressure we experience in our bodies is due fallen or stagnant organs and weak and flaccid muscles which can lead to poor posture which in turn stresses the organs even more; it's a vicious cycle.
4.) Soothes the ligaments that hold and support the abdominal cavity; this also relieves low back pressure, pain and strain.
5.)Provides a lasting sense of Comfort and Well Being
I recommend you receive your WGS Womb Goddess Massage in a 4 session series. Monthly Massage combined with a weekly Yoga practice, proper nutrition and hydration provide a great foundation for a Happy Goddess Body.
More therapies and practices to support your Yoni~Womb Wellbeing
Malasana/ Yogini Squat
Stay Tuned for: Touch and Emotional/ Ancestral Healing