I’m Getting My Uterus Massaged. No, Really!
Yup! You read that right. No, you dirty birdy, no one is sticking their hands up my hoo-ha.
Last week, I got my first Mayan Abdominal Massage. What is that, you ask? Well, it is “a non-invasive, external, massage technique. When applied, they guide internal abdominal organs into their proper position for optimum health and well being. The techniques work by relieving congestion and blockages to improve the flow of chi and fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology. This results in improved organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion from the abdomen.”It works for both men and women, but for women, it can help move the uterus into the optimal position for conception. The uterus is held in place by almost a dozen ligaments. If those ligaments are stressed, or out of place themselves, the uterus may not be in the correct position. It can even help moms who have had c-sections with breaking up some of the scar tissue or adhesions (which are very common after having abdominal surgery).
I was a little scared at first, because I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of how it would feel, or if I would be able to be relaxed. It took a few minutes, but after that, I was a like a puddle of drool. I was so relaxed, and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep for a few minutes. The massage consists mostly of lower abdominal work, but I also had my back, neck, and shoulders worked on as well. I carry a lot of tension in my shoulders and lower back, so that is extremely helpful to me.
I was right near the end of my period, so I was a little bit tender, but nothing hurt at all. It just felt a little odd. It was so cool, though, because I could actually feel things moving around! I did experience some mild cramping afterwards, but that is normal. I took it as a sign that things were moving and trying to get into the best position possible for my future baby. Also, when your abdomen is worked on, it can release a lot of emotion. A lot of women cry either during or after the massage. I knew that, and was prepared to be a sobbing mess. I wasn’t though. That didn’t come until the next day, when I was very weepy and nauseous. I was also very angry, and I yelled at Kev, “If I am going through all of this shit and the problem is you, I’m going to kill you!” He kept his distance for a couple of days after that.
One of the most important parts of the massage is the self-care that I have to do daily for about 3-5 minutes a day. It’s very, very simple and I feel so relaxed and refreshed after I do it. I can literally feel any pent up tension or emotion just releasing itself. It’s wonderful! I am also making some diet changes (no caffeine or alcohol, no processed foods, and limiting dairy products) and trying to work out more in order to make sure I am as healthy as possible for my future babe. This baby will most likely be my last (at least biologically), so I want to make it count!
If you are trying to conceive, have any sort of abdominal or menstrual pain, have bad periods, or are a C-section mama, I can’t recommend this enough. It’s only been 5 days and I already feel so much better!
This is a short YouTube video on the technique, that explains things a lot better than I could.
I will continue to blog about the massages, and how I feel they are helping on my Journey to Hipster #2. If you are in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend that you contact Melissa, who does my massages. She also does prenatal and postnatal massages! You can reach her here. You won’t regret it!