by Guiomar Campbell Dpl.Sh. TCMP
It is truly beautiful to observe pregnant women loving and appreciating their growing bellies. The journey to conceiving and giving birth is indeed a miracle of life and yet a natural process that every woman is capable of experiencing
The abdomen or hara is the centre of meridian system and it is the source of life, therefore health and disease has its roots in here. An effective way to improve your chances to conceive is to massage your abdomen everyday, to increase blood circulation to the internal organs, specially uterus and ovaries.
According to scientific researches, prolonged stress can lead to imbalances in the ANS which may alter the release of hormones responsible for regulating the maturation and release of the oocyte. The autonomic nerve system (ANS) controls the contraction of the uterus and fallopian tubes and improves the ovary’s ability to produce healthy eggs and hormones.
Pressure applied around the vertebrae can stimulate the autonomic nervous system and minimize the harmful effects of a prolonged body’s response to stress. Stimulation on the sacrum area is also an effective way to improve the blood flow to the uterus and other internal organs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM ), believes that the stagnation of Qi causes blockages in the pelvis leading to symptoms such as painful menstrual cramps, endometriosis and constipation problems. Later on it affects different parts of the reproductive cycle such as production of the egg, fertilization of the egg, and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. The key is to keep the belly healthy with proper massage and stimulation, proper nutrition and relaxed mind.
A healthy belly has the skin smooth and even in consistency. The abdomen wall is soft and resilient like rubber ball, when you apply pressure it comes back in naturally and it has no indurations, tenderness or strong pulsation.
When you start to massage your belly, look for signs of imbalances that may manifest in the form of discomfort, tenderness or weakness.
Massaging the belly everyday helps to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, improves the function of your adrenal glands, improve Qi energy to your brain as well as to your heart and sexual centre. If you are planning to conceive it is very important to massage your belly religiously every day.
How to apply acupressure in your belly
When you begin practicing acupressure, apply pressure for one to three minutes and gradually work up to holding points longer. Too much stimulation on a point may result in headache or nausea. Use the ball of the thumb, the soft part, than keep applying pressure until you feel you reached the bottom of the point. It usually happens when you feel tenderness . When applying pressure in the belly use the four fingers of both hands together and apply continues pressure until you reach the bottom of the point.
Best time to massage is in the morning before you get up and after shower. Use a good massage oil with hormonal properties on it such as clary sage, fennel, myrtle and rose geranium essential oils.
- Begin by brushing your skin dry with a dry skin brush.
- massage your belly clockwise direction and anticlockwise direction.
- Move the brush towards your chest, top of shoulders and inner thighs to stimulate the Spleen, Liver and Kidney meridians.
- Take your shower than continue applying pressure with four fingers of both hands.
- Begin just below the sternum, move to the stomach area than proceed clockwise direction looking for tender spots. When you find it, apply pressure and hold for 2 breaths.
- Continue in circular movement making sure to cover the whole area of your belly
- Focus your pressure on tender points located at the stomach, beside belly bottom and below belly bottom in the centre line.
Tips for Fertility
Follow your intuition, become the woman that you are opening yourselves up about being a woman and being in our feminine bodies. Because when we come to know our true self and live from our authentic self we put ourselves in a wonderful place, we live with joy, enthusiasm and we can move onto receiving our child.
Touch your belly everyday, be intimate with yourself and make it a pleasurable habit.
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This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your Doctor if you need any help.