“Heal the Womb, Heal the Woman” Clare Blake
I stumbled across this therapy through a client of mine last year who was coming to me for Fertility Reflexology. She asked if I knew about it and if I knew anyone who does it – which I didn’t. She found someone herself in London and had quite a long wait for her treatment and in the meantime I started my research on Fertility Massage Therapy . I found Clare Blakes courses and noted that there was none that I could do and filed away the information in my mind, to come back to later. Earlier this year I suddenly remembered again and checked the courses again, there was one happening the following week and there was one space left. I sensed that that space was waiting for me to fill it and booked myself on. I did no more research and just turned up on the Monday morning to Islington feeling like I was going to learn some wonderful massage techniques to help my clients on their fertility journey.
How wrong could I have been?
It was quite a big group of women on the course, I am much better in small groups and from the onset it seemed there was another world going on, talk of menstrual cycles, red tent gatherings, womb love, rebozo scarfs etc, all of which were quite foreign to me. I knew nothing of the menstrual cycle other than we bleed each month and that’s it. I didn’t know the wisdom behind each cycle and how, with knowledge, it can empower us and guide us to lead a wise life. How awesome is that ladies?
Why does this treatment have three different names?
This treatment is so much more than a natural fertility therapy, it is so much more than just a womb or abdominal massage. This therapy is all about connecting to yourself and your femininity, loving yourself as you are and healing yourself from what no longer serves you, and healing yourself in a way that you can move forwards.
How can Fertility|Womb|Abdominal Massage Therapy help you?
For years I have had extremely heavy periods, I just accepted that this was my cycle and I had to put up with it. After 3 Abdominal Massage sessions my last cycle was like none other that I have had, not only did I not get the crampy feeling I usually have a few days before, or the lower back ache , my bleed was so much lighter and really manageable. I can usually tell when I am due on, but this month I actually had to look in my diary as I had none of the usual warning signs! And that’s after just 3 sessions.
If you suffer from PCOS, this therapy can encourage hormonal balance, help to clear congestion, bring fresh oxygenated blood to the ovaries, with Endometriosis this massage releases endorphins which eases pain, it promotes hormonal balance, also strengthens the liver to enhance oestrogen metabolism, breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, releases trapped nerves, which eases pain. If you suffer from heavy, painful periods and blood clots this therapy helps to bring fresh blood to the uterus, helps the body to get rid of old, stagnant blood, aids the uterus in getting rid of blood clots. If you have irregular bleeds this can help to balance your hormones, ease stress which has a huge impact on cycles, and increased circulation increases hormone delivery. PMT and PMS, massage works by increasing circulation and correcting alignment of the uterus, which helps the uterus cleanse itself more easily, and less cramp-inducing chemicals need to be produced. When circulation to the womb and abdomen are increased, the flow of lymph, containing infection-fighting white cells, also improves — this in turn helps our immune system to fight inflammation and infection more effectively. Sex hormones secreted by glands in the body, also travel in our bloodstream. By improving circulation, we’re helping to address hormonal imbalances that contribute problems such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis, all of which can cause period pain. Emotionally, fertility|womb|abdominal massage can help a women connect to herself again, by learning to listen to her body and what it needs. More importantly, if we have had difficult past experiences or traumas, we may feel ashamed or hostile towards our wombs. By learning to love this part of us, and see it is not a hostile place, we can start to heal ourselves. This massage therapy can also help with poor egg health,poor mucus production, blocked fallopian tubes, Fibroids, Low AMH, Anovulation, Amenorrhoea, Ovarian Failure, Menopause, Peri Menpause, Ovarian Cysts, Menstrual Cramps, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding. The list goes on and on.
Fertility Massage Therapy™ does not claim to cure or diagnose any medical conditions, nor does it replace any medical care that you are under. If you have any medical concerns, please consult with your Doctor or Health Care Professional.Fertility Massage Therapy™ is a complimentary therapy that supports women during all stages of their reproductive life. There are no pregnancy guarantees from receiving Fertility Massage Therapy™.
So what does a Fertility|Womb|Abdominal Massage treatment entail?
The most fabulous aspect of this therapy is that no treatment will be the same, even by the same therapist, the treatment is not a set routine that has to be carried out just so, this is a treatment of intuition and intention. A treatment of connection, connection between client and therapist working gently and powerfully together to heal. It is a journey, a commitment to yourself to heal yourself and reconnect to you.
Initially there will be quite an in depth consultation, the more information you can provide the more I can create the treatment around your needs, my space is a safe haven and nothing leaves the room, unless you chose it to. During the consultation we will establish an intention, or a need that you want from the treatment that day. We may choose some essential oils to compliment your treatment or we may choose a plain luxurious massage balm.
You will receive touch from the rib cage to the pubic bone, as well as the sacral area using advanced massage techniques to nurture, relax and help heal stored physical and emotional blockages.
“Fertility Massage Therapy™ aims to support, nourish and nurture women through their fertility journey, offering one of the most important benefits; to relax and release tension and emotions trapped within”. Clare Blake
I may use visualisations within your session, I have learnt through my own experience how powerful visualisations are, they can really enhance a treatment to help heal and also help understand yourself. At certain times during your treatment if I feel it is right I will use a set of instructions or suggestions to allow you to voice what your own images or emotional feelings are whilst I am working a certain area. These images that come to you, you may later relate to things and events and people and feelings that are happening in your life, or have happened in the past. These images can be painful, comforting, releasing, they will be what you need them to be, and they are very powerful.
A Rebozo is a simple length of woven fabric, utilised in this context to manipulate the body and stimulate healing. With the strength of the Rebozo to cradle the body; muscles, fascia, lymph, hormones and tension can slowly release. Using the Rebozo to gently rock certain areas of the body, the gentle and repetitive motion brings necessary peace and stillness to the mind, facilitating the release of repressed emotion and upset. The feeling of being cradled and rocked with a Rebozo is so beautifully nurturing and leaves you feeling really cared for and balanced.
I may use the rebozo to rock your leg or legs, to move your head, to rock your pelvic area (A Rebozo (shawl) is wrapped around your hips like a hammock and used to gently rock your hips in a distinctive rhythm – , allowing the lower vertebrae to be released and allowing mobilisation of the pelvis and hips, whatever I feel you need. At the end of your session you could be lying there wrapped with a rebozo around your head, abdomen and feet, I cannot explain to you how absolutely wonderful this feels, just like you are bathed in a secure cocoon of healing and love.
During a session I may choose to include the use of certain crystals to aid healing, cleaning, emotional release etc. Healing crystals hold unique frequencies and particular energies that align with each of the seven chakras for example the throat chakra is the centre of communication and self-expression. If your fifth chakra is overactive, you may talk too much and forget to listen. Blockages can result in an ability to speak up or express your truth. In Ayurvedic medicine, crystal energy is used to correct physical, emotional, and metaphysical imbalances within the body. Sometimes even just looking at a crystal brings a smile to your face, uplifts your energy, and makes you happy. Certain crystals, like Amethyst, Moonstone and Hematite naturally emit calming and relaxing energies. and can remind you that you can find peace even in the midst of chaos. By placing crystals on your body during your treatment can really enhance the intention of your treatment.
White Sage …
Quite often I will start a treatment burning the beautiful White Sage – this herb is commonly found in the Southern United States and Northern Mexico. It is considered as a sacred herb by the American Indians. For centuries, this beautiful silvery herb was used for medicinal purposes and smudging ceremonies. Smudging refers to the ritual of burning sage. White sage has a sweet, pleasant aroma when burned, however, people don’t just burn white sage to make their place smell amazing. Rather, it is done to cleanse the place, an object or a person. Many years ago when I was working as a therapist on board cruise liners we would burn White Sage in the cabins to make them smell wonderful – I did not know or understand 25 years ago of the amazing and wonderful properties this herb has. The plant is considered sacred, white sage has been used for centuries, cleansing, purifying and protection. When burned, the smoke of this sacred herb attaches to the negative energies. As the smoke spirals and fills up the space, the place is being cleansed.
I really can’t tell you how fabulous this treatment is, it is one you will have to try for yourself and commit to a few sessions to see the effects it can have on your life style, menstrual cycle, fertility journey. After your treatment you will be given after care advice, self care massage techniques as well as any help or advice I can offer you, in order for you to continue helping yourself between sessions.
I hope this has answered many of your questions and given you a clearer picture of what this therapy involves.
If you would like to book in with me please use my on line booking system, you will initially have to opt for the Initial Treatment option 90 minutes|£85, but any subsequent bookings are 60 mins|£65.