In addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine to enhance your fertility, we like to recommend other complementary modalities that can benefit women trying to conceive. This month I interviewed Ashley Talarico, the massage therapist and owner of Women’s Wellness Massage. She has been trained and certified in Fertility Massage and provides individualized plans for a woman’s specific needs. Read my interview below:
Katherine: What sparked your interest when you initially decided to focus on Women’s Health Massage?
Ashley: My passion is to help guide women through the stages of a healthy pregnancy with the assistance of massage therapy. In my own experiences with conception and pregnancy, I have personally utilized the techniques that I now implement.
Katherine: What is different about fertility massage vs. regular massage?
Ashley: Fertility Massage is a specialized and effective protocol that includes cranial sacral holds, castor oil packs, reflexology, pelvic techniques, uterus re-alignment and shiatsu points. This is a perfect therapeutic massage for women who are trying to conceive.
Katherine: What are the biggest benefits your patients get out of the fertility focused massage?
Ashley: Many benefits! These are the top 6-
Deep relaxation and stress reduction
Pain and tension relief
Cleansing of the digestive system with castor oil packs
Balancing the alignment of the body with cranial-sacral holds
Balancing hormones through
Reflexology techniques Increased circulation through the entire body, including the pelvis
Katherine: Do most clients follow a series of appointments or how often do you recommend they come to get the most support when trying to conceive?
Ashley: I always recommend that clients schedule as many Fertility Massage sessions as possible between menses and ovulation for optimal results. Timing can vary depending on their cycles and assisted treatments (IUI, IVF, etc). I tailor my schedule and availability to be as flexible as possible, in order to accommodate the needs of my fertility clients.
There you go! Another great way to support yourself while trying to conceive. You can reach Ashley at (201) 258-0505.