The Barefoot Health Clinic is now proud to offer Massage Therapy as a part of the services in the clinic.
Pelvic Massage (Mercier Massage Therapy)
Mercier Therapy is a form of Gynovisceral Massage in which massage therapy techniques are applied to the organs and surrounding musculature of the female pelvis. This technique is used to help restore the health, general well-being and balance within these structures.
Pelvic adhesions and malposition of the pelvic organs can occur for many different reasons and can disrupt normal function of bladder, bowels and reproductive organs by causing rigidity, decrease movement and blood flow. Mercier Therapy is used to counteract and remove adhesions, increase blood flow and mobility thereby decreasing pain and increasing wellness.
Mercier Therapy can be used for reproductive wellness and can be used as a stand alone therapy or in conjunction with naturopathic medicine or medically assisted reproductive therapy. Mercier Therapy is recommended prior to any medical procedure, ensuring optimal reproductive wellness.
Women who have dealt with any of the following may benefit from Mercier Therapy
- Fertility Challenges
- Pelvic Pain
- Painful intercourse
- Prior abdominal surgeries ( C-Section, D&C, LEEP, Hysterectomy, Laparoscopy)
- Vaginal Childbirth
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Sexual Abuse/Trauma
- Pelvic Conditions such as:
-Amenorrhea (Absence of Menses)
-Annovulation (Cycle without the release of an oocyte)
-Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menses)
Mercier Massage Therapy was developed by Jennifer Mercier Ph. D. in order to give women a more natural choice when it comes to fertility challenges as well as relief from pelvic pain and discomfort.
Massage Therapy is the assessment, treatment and prevention of dysfunction and pain in the body. Dysfunction and pain occur in the body through overuse, misuse, stress (both physical and emotional) and illness. Through hands on soft tissue manipulation massage therapy can treat a wide range of physical discomforts including (but not limited to):
- Muscular Pain
- Prenatal/Postpartum concerns
- Post-surgical swelling & scars
- Acute/Chronic Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Female health concerns
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Carpal tunnel
- Sleep disturbances
Regular massages throughout the pregnancy can help relieve a wide variety of common complaint and discomforts that many women label as “normal” for pregnancy. Massage Therapy is safe throughout all 10 months of pregnancy from conception to birth and proper positioning and pillowing will accommodate your needs throughout each stage of pregnancy. Proper positioning ensures comfort, relaxation and effective treatment of affected muscles.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
- Decreased muscular discomforts in hips, back & neck
- Decreased swelling
- Decreased sciatic pain
- Balanced hormones
- Increased restful sleep
- Decreased stress, anxiety & depression
- Aids in postpartum healing
- Increased health and wellness & energy levels throughout pregnancy
- Connection with baby
- Increased comfort and ease with pregnant body
- Decreased headaches
Post Partum Massage – Mom & Baby Massage
The last 10 months have been busy for your body. Your body has been changing & accommodating, growing your baby. It has been labouring and birthing your baby. Now it rocks, cuddles, swaddles and helps you show love to your baby. None of this is an easy task.
Postpartum massage is a time for you to take care of your body so it can take care of your baby. Massage can help relieve aches and pains from carrying, feeding, car seats, decreased sleep and recovery from pregnancy and birth. It is not uncommon for mothers to have musculoskeletal pain in the first year especially in the upper body. Common complaints that massage can help with are:
Headaches | Carpal tunnel | Shoulder, Neck, Back & Breast Pain | Fatigue | Stress | Depression | Sciatica
Babies can join mom’s for a massage. Massage can be adapted to having babies cuddle or feed on the table.
Taking care of yourself should be part of taking care of your baby.
The communication that can be conveyed with touch is vast in its lexicon and can help children of all ages with their own awareness and confidence in themselves and their bodies. Above all touch is a fundamental need as a human and the benefits obtained are not only beneficial after one is “old enough to receive massage”. Massage from the beginning of life can be an important bonding tool for parents and babies, allowing a quiet time to connect and get to know each other. It also plays an important role in laying groundwork for a child’s ability to acknowledge positive touch, teach relaxation, heal birth trauma and to claim their bodies as their own.
Massages can be done by the therapist or taught to mom, dad and caregivers to be done at home.
Infant Massage can also be beneficial to
- Teach healthy sleep patterns
- Relieve discomfort from gas or colic
- Normalize muscle tone and increase muscle health
- Increase body awareness
- Aid in brain and central nervous system development
- Increase self-confidence/ esteem and respect
- Increase fine and gross motor control