Acupuncture Natural Fertility Center of Pennsylvania
Meredith Murphy, L.Ac., MaAC, DiplAc
215 W. Church Road, Suite 112, King of Prussia, PA 19406
610-265-1827 · Contact Us · Driving Directions

Fertility Massage

Our practice offers many types of massage and body work that can be beneficial while trying to conceive. All of our therapies can be done on their own, or used to complement medical fertility treatments.

Therapeutic and Relaxation massage

This type of massage is the most common massage practiced. It can solely be used for stress relief and to help with anxiety, or a combination of stress relief and therapeutic massage. As you go through the stress of trying to conceive and fertility treatments, your body and mind need to be nurtured. Massage is a great way to help relax, take some time for yourself, and work on any tight muscles or aches and pains you may have. There has been an increase in awareness by medical doctors that massage and most types of touch therapies can help increase pregnancy rates. Whether it is from the stress relief or increased blood flow, there has definitely been a move by doctors to recognize massage as a complementary treatment for women trying to conceive.

Fertility Abdominal Massage

Abdominal Acupressure/Massage is the manipulation of the abdomen. In Taoist practice, each organ has specific characteristics energetically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually according to its designated element. The five elements are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, and are known as the five phases of cyclical energetic movement in both nature and ourselves. Therefore when five elements are in harmony, the body, mind, and spirit are in balance. Our navel, or hara, holds our vital organs together through the fascia. Therefore manipulations in the abdomen detoxify, refine, and strengthen our vital system which creates balance and harmonious flow of blood and qi. The abdominal area, with the internal organs and their internal structure, holds the secrets of a person: things we hide from ourselves. The navel, also, relates to energetically inherited emotions, trauma, stressful life experiences and this is why the acupressure or massage can be very sensitive and emotional. Abdominal Massage can help diminish old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery. In addition, it can improve the blood flow to the pelvic organs and improve uterine lining, help with painful menstruation, aid in digestion, as well as help urinary and bladder problems.

This massage can be done on it's own or in conjunction with our therapeutic and relaxation massage, Myofascial Release, or CranioSacral therapy.

Myofascial Release Therapy

The fascia is the connective tissue covering and connecting the muscles, skeletal structures and human body organs; fascia and muscles are united and form the entire myofascial system. Myofascial release is a manual technique aimed at stretching the muscle's fascia and therefore balancing the human body. Fascia links every human body organ and tissue different parts of the human body, that's why dexterous and skillful use of hands can be free up or release possible disruptions in the fascial network.

In regards to fertility and women's health, myofascial release therapy is an outstanding option to ease menstrual problems, painful periods, pelvic pain, infertility and incontinence. It can be effective in helping with adhesions in the pelvis as well as helping with scar tissue and endometriosis. Other commonly treated conditions with MFR are: chronic pain, TMJ, fibromyalgia, headache, dizziness, vertigo, physical and emotional trauma, and much more.

Shiatsu Massage

Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced "chee") through the body. Shiatsu massage, sometimes called Zen shiatsu, unifies spiritual, philosophical, and medical aspects of the body.

Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi. Shiatsu is unique as it is done on the floor on a futon mat, no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. A shiatsu practitioner first makes his or her diagnosis, assessing where chi flows healthily and where it may be siphoned or obstructed. The pressure points focussed on during the treatment lie along fourteen meridians running the length of your body, including the Conception Vessel and the Governing vessel meridians. Once diagnosing your problem areas, the therapist gently but firmly applies pressure using his or her fingers, knuckles, thumbs, palms, toes, feet, knees, and elbows.

CranioSacral Therapy

CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Our gentle structural balancing and CranioSacral therapy enhances the entire fertility process by normalizing overall pelvic and spinal biomechanics. It has also been found to be excellent for women diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes, as it helps keep the pelvic regions healthy, biomechanically sound, and minimize soft tissue irritation and discomfort. In other words, these treatments assist in having a successful pregnancy and birth.

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