Acupressure (commonly called by it's Chinese name Tui na) is a form of Chinese medical massage. It is based on the same principles as acupuncture, but uses finger pressure to stimulate points rather than needles. Tui na can also be used to stimulate entire acupuncture channels, or larger areas of the body such as the back or abdomen.
Acupressure can be used to treat a wide variety of different conditions throughout the body. Today we will take a look at acupressure massage for fertility support.
Acupressure Massage for Fertility Support
Many couples struggle with fertility and need a little extra help when it comes to getting pregnant. Factors that can negatively influence female fertility include conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and irregular ovulation. Male factors include sperm count, shape, and motility. In some cases, a couple will not have any physical reason for not getting pregnant, but they still have difficulty. In these cases, they may receive the frustrating diagnosis of “unexplained infertility.”
If you have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, tui na massage may help. It works on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, meaning that each treatment is individually tailored to the client’s needs.
For fertility support, your licensed massage therapist may choose to massage your lower back or abdomen to warm your reproductive organs and encourage good circulation in the area. They may also choose to apply pressure to specific points relating to your condition which could be on the arms, legs, or elsewhere on the body.
The idea behind tui na for fertility support is to restore free flow throughout the body’s channels and organs to improve your general health and increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.
How Tui Na can Help with Fertility Support
Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or undergoing IVF, tui na massage can help to support your fertility in a number of ways:
- Stimulating acupuncture points that are directly or indirectly related to fertility
- Improving circulation to the reproductive organs
- Promoting regular ovulation and menstruation
- Benefitting specific conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis
- Relieving physical and emotional stress
Tui na is a great way to restore a state of balance throughout your body and ensure that you are as well as possible. Being in this optimal state of health will significantly improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Stress: The Enemy of Fertility and how Tui Na can Help
Stress can reduce your ability to get pregnant, and trying to get pregnant can be stressful in itself! The hormones that are released when you are under long-term stress can interfere with the levels of other hormones, including your reproductive hormones.
When your natural hormonal balance is interrupted in this way, it becomes harder to conceive. If you imagine the stresses that your ancient ancestors would have suffered such as famines and wars, it is easy to see that those were not ideal times to be bringing up a child, in which case reduced fertility could have been an advantage. Although the stresses we deal with in modern life may not be quite so dangerous, our bodies still respond in a similar way.
Tui na massage is one way to break the vicious cycle of stress and increase your chances of getting pregnant. It can help to soothe tense or tight muscles and calm your mind, leaving you feeling both relaxed and invigorated.
Tui na is a great way to relieve stress and boost fertility for both women and men. However, it is not a quick fix, and you should not expect to magically fall pregnant after just one treatment. All good things take time, and it can be a slow process to restore harmony to a body which has been imbalanced for a long period.
Reducing stress is often the first step towards a natural pregnancy, and coupled with all of the other benefits that tui na has to offer, it is one of the most helpful things you can do.