Learning where we, as individuals, hold our stress and tension is a critical part of the healing process. Pulling Down the Moon’s massage treatments are designed to allow you, with the support of caring, experienced massage therapists, to explore and heal your physical body. Through this process of self-discovery you can begin to release tensions, emotions and stresses that were previously unconscious. Practical benefits of massage therapy may include detoxification of body tissues, decreased stress response, improvements in sleep and digestion and increased over-all well-being.
At PDTM we offer the following massage treatments:
Though the FEM protocol is designed to have the maximum benefit when received as a series for four sessions, some clients choose to focus on one or two sessions to address specific fertility concerns.
Fertility Enhancing Massage Protocol, or ‘The FEM Protocol’, is a four-part series utilizing massage and related techniques to enhance the health and functioning of the pelvic and abdominal organs, promote fertility and overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The four parts of the protocol focus on cleansing the body, enhancing the blood, opening the breath, and relaxing and integrating, respectively.
The FEM protocol is a unique healing journey that engages the client in the process. Prior to each sixty minute session, the client is provided with an informational sheet that explains the healing objective of each treatment as well as suggested self-care exercises for continued benefit. Sessions are available individually, or as a four-part protocol for optimal healing.
The FEM Protocol blends techniques from modalities such as Mayan Abdominal Massage, Chi Nei Tsang, myofascial abdominal massage, herbal therapy, acupressure and more. While each technique alone may benefits your abdominal health, together the FEM is all about fertility. Each of the four sessions are uniquely crafted to target specific areas of your reproductive health, such as promoting hormonal balance, helping support the body’s organs of detox, or potentially helping thicken a uterine lining by increasing blood flow. The sessions are also designed to promote the relaxation response and some of our patients have even reported a healthier libido. In addition, each session was created to complement a specific time in a woman’s cycle, whether natural or assisted.
Session 1: Cleanse the Body:
Toxic buildup can create inflammation in the body, robbing it of its natural ability to balance hormones, build immunity, and create energy. In your Cleanse the Body session, your body’s detoxification response will be triggered using a protocol known as Raindrop Technique, in which a series of therapeutic-grade essential oils are applied to the feet and spine. This technique will be combined with a light-touch approach to stretching and opening the lymphatic pathways. Additionally, hormone balancing essential oils, massage, and reflexology will be employed.
Session 2: Enhance the Blood
Blood is the body’s natural healing agent. Unfortunately, many stressors trigger tension in the body, threatening its ability to properly distribute the blood. During your Enhance the Blood session, a blend of Swedish as well as myofascial massage will stimulate and revitalize the pelvic organs. Circulation will also be enhanced through hip mobilizations and stretches, reflexology and acupressure. In addition, thermal therapy, essential oils, and the massage of specific arteries will redirect the blood toward the reproductive organs.
Session 3: Open the Breath
As we draw in oxygen more deeply and easily, we begin to receive nourishment and renewal. Your Open the Breath™ session will pick up where your Enhance the Blood™ session left off: breathing exercises work in tandem with massage, myofascial stretches, and trigger-point therapy, releasing deep layers of tension. This powerful synergy of internal movement and external massage works together to melt adhesions, clear stagnation, and bring more oxygen to the organs. Thermal therapy, healing oils, artery massage, stretches, and reflexology will also be used to open and unwind the belly.
Session 4: Relax and Integrate
Chronic stress depletes the body’s energy and resources. During challenging times, the need to create relaxation, pleasure, and self-nurturing goes far beyond luxury; it is fundamental to good health. Your Relax and Integrate session has been stylized with long, slow, and fluid strokes, sending your body signals of wholeness, integration and pleasure. Therapeutic, Swedish massage will be performed to the full body, melting away unwanted tension while bringing peace and calming to the mind. Attention will also be given to releasing and stimulating the pelvic area through thermal therapy and massage. Reflexology, acupressure points and essential oils will assist in balancing the adrenal glands.
At critical points during your cycle, such as implantation, the body requires stillness and balance. As such, full body massage is not recommended, yet relaxation remains a must. Unwind and Destress, a 30 minute relaxation massage focusing on the head, neck, face, hands, and feet, was created as an addition to The FEM Protocol to meet your needs during such times. It takes care not to create circulatory changes in the body or stimulate reproductive pressure points, but gently releases stress and creates pleasure and peace.
Note: This massage cannot be applied as a session for the FEM Protocol Package
Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of Natural Healing Rei is the Japanese word for Universal (the Energy that is available for everyone) and Ki (chi in Chinese) is the Japanese word for energy. Reiki uses this Ki that is abundantly available and is channeled into the body for health and wellbeing. It has the ability to improve mental and physical health assist by allowing for stress relief, the number one cause of disease.
What to Expect During Your Reiki Treatment
A Reiki treatment lasts approximately 45 minutes and is done while lying down, fully clothed. The Reiki Practitioner uses very gentle, light touch at specific points on the body, (head, shoulders stomach, arms, legs, feet and chakras) bringing a warm sense of deep relaxation into the mind and body. People have reported that they have felt tingling, seen colors, and have experienced greater awareness of unconscious thoughts. As time goes on, deeper levels of relaxation and profound change may occur. At PDtM, we recommend treatment once a week for at least three weeks to experience how Reiki can help you personally. After these three sessions, you may wish to continue weekly appointments until you and your practitioner both feel your energy is in maximum balance.
How Can Reiki Help with Fertility?
Reiki contributes to overall health, including reproductive health. At Pulling Down the Moon, Integrative Care for Fertility™, the most common uses are for anxiety, insomnia, and lack of joy. It can also help with pain management, nausea, vitality and a sense of health and wellbeing. Reiki can be used before pregnancy, during and after. And our Reiki practitioners claim “Reiki babies are VERY smart”.
During the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, massage has a number of shared benefits for both mother and child. First, it quickens circulation throughout the body, thereby increasing the uterine blood supply and enhancing nutrient and oxygen flow to the fetus. Massage may also promote a healthy birth experience. By decreasing tension and pain patterns in the back, legs, hips, and pelvis, these areas gain flexibility so the uterus may labor without resistance. And of course, massage can enhance the mother’s sense of well-being. During pregnancy, high stress and anxiety levels can negatively affect hormone balance and the developing fetus. Massage releases endorphins and provides a deep sense of relaxation, bringing balance to mind, body and baby.