Everyone loves a relaxing, tension releasing massage once in a while. But have you ever enjoyed the benefits of a massage for endometriosis?
Dramatically affecting the lives of millions of women around the world, yet with no cure in sight, endometriosis is a growing global pain in the womb for women’s health. Joining conditions like PCOS, Fibroids and Amenorrhea as common conditions of the womb, I have treated so many women with Endometriosis who feel like their lives are ruled by the menstrual cycle.
So does massage for endometriosis help? Time and time again I have seen holistic therapies not only match, but exceed the health benefits of more conventional medicines like hormone therapy or surgery. Taking a holistic approach to womb health and considering lifestyle triggers as well as natural remedies can hugely reduce the symptoms of endometriosis.
What is Endometriosis?
Around 1.5 million women in the UK are currently living with Endometriosis; a condition where the cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. But unlike the cells in the womb which leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.
This can cause:
- Painful Periods
- Heavy bleeds
- Intense abdomen pain
- Bowl and bladder problems
- Potential fertility issues.
Endometriosis is a life-long condition and can drastically effect the way suffers live their lives; especially when the severity of pain can lead to being bed-bound.
Whilst there is currently no cure for Endometriosis, various surgical and hormonal medication treatments are available to help mitigate the pain and discomfort felt. Neither are without their side effects, however, and both can seem very drastic approaches for those who prefer healing their body more naturally.
Can Massage Help Endometriosis?
Luckily, massage therapy can be an extremely effective way of treating the symptoms of Endometriosis. And, when received regularly, abdominal massage can reduce the physical and emotional stress it has on the body.
On a very basic level, massage for endometriosis increases circulation to the reproductive organs, and aids the lymphatic system in ridding unwanted toxins from the area. These two things are key for womb health, as our circulatory system carries fresh blood containing hormones, nutrients and oxygen all over our body to our organs.
Despite this constant natural movement, our uterus only receives 5% of this blood flow, and any slight blockage or inflammation in the area can reduce blood flow and create an imbalance of hormones.
Massaging this area can help to clear the way for healthy blood and lymph flow, and restore hormonal balance. Massage has also been known to directly assist the body to rid itself of the cysts associated with Endometriosis; a key factor which causes the heavy bleeding and discomfort.
On a more emotional level, those who suffer with Endometriosis find the pain is worth during feeling of stress and anxiety. Massage works to decrease the stress that may trigger symptoms and aid in relaxing both the mind, and the muscles surrounding the area which often tense when feeling anxious.
How to Find Massage for Endometriosis
You may have tried to find a massage for Endometriosis online and met a dead end. Don’t worry, it totally exists! Most massage therapists who have tried in Ampuku, Arvigo or have any experience in womb healing will be able to tailor a massage to soothe and alleviate your symptoms.
I recommend chatting to your therapist first and learning about their approach. Some massage therapists will focus on nutrition, or exercise, whilst others may be more shamanic or trauma focused. Find the right person who will not only support your endometriosis physically, but guide you through self love and acceptance.
Natural Remedies to help Endometriosis
As an inflammatory disease, anything you can do to reduce heat and inflammation in your body will dramatically help. I have seen with clients simple changes in diet, exercise and stress levels have huge benefits for endometriosis. Some of my advice is obvious, yet more vital than you might think.
Lifestyle changes and natural remedies include:
- Regular hydration throughout the day
- Reduce inflammatory foods like dairy, sugar, alcohol and processed or fried food
- Don’t over-do it on the cardio! Especially pre-menstrually
- Take Magnesium or soak in epson salt baths to ease muscle spasms
- Use an aromatherapy balm infused with CBD (I love this CBD Moontime Balm by Artemis Rosa)
- Consider Zinc or Selenium supplements to reduce inflammation
Do you suffer with Endometriosis? Have you used massage or other holistic therapies to reduce your symptoms? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below: