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Want a Instant Fix for TTC Holiday Stress?
a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon
The holidays are upon us and if you stuffed the turkey along with yourself on Thanksgiving, shopped ‘til you dropped on Black Friday and let your fingers do the bargain hunting on Cyber Monday, you could be exhausted already.
A nice benefit of the holidays is that it provides a bit of a distraction from the world of TTC. On the other hand, the holidays are a time when a lot of women feel the stress and pressure of family gatherings where you’ll be expected to explain to your mother-in-law why there’s no “bun in the oven” just yet, or have the mental burden of knowing your fertility doctor is planning his vacation and will be relatively unreachable for two-weeks. Stress is a way of life around the holidays and more clinical evidence is pointing to the fact that stress is not the best thing for those trying to conceive.
While a lot of attention is given to various stress reducing techniques this time of year, one is often overlooked and that’s the value of a good, old-fashioned, spoil-me-rotten massage. While you may be familiar with some of the various fertility-enhancing massage protocols like the FEM (Fertility Enhancing Massage), Maya Abdominal Massage (MAM), and the Wurn technique, a regular relaxation massage from your local practitioner can also have a great deal of value for your health, your sanity and even your libido.
We like to call a general relaxation massage “a quickie” because the benefits can be profound and felt in the mind/body almost instantaneously. An added bonus is that very little time or effort is required on your part so you get all of the pleasure and none of the guilt of a more regimented holistic protocol.
Massage relieves muscle aches and soreness, stimulates circulation and increases blood flow throughout the body. It can also help the body’s natural cleansing process and help eliminate toxins which maybe especially useful if you have recently finished an unsuccessful fertility cycle. Massage decreases adrenaline and cortisol and can increase endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers or opiate.
Don’t just go for a one-hour massage; take your quickie all the way with a full 90-minute session. A good massage therapist might even be able to use this bit of extra time on some abdominal work which could help bring fresh blood flow into the pelvis and reproductive organs or she could spend it on your feet, another body part that could use a little bit of TLC this time of year.
Of course the best part of a holiday massage quickie is that no long-term commitments are required.
You can love ‘em and leave ‘em and be back to decking the halls in no time at all.