When to schedule your abdominal massage
Please feel free to contact me via the contact page, phone or email if you have specific questions. New clients must schedule online.
When should I schedule my massage?
This is a popular question, and it has different answers for different situations! It is actually easier to tell you when NOT to schedule your abdominal massage.
Avoid scheduling your session:
-While menstruating (we can modify based on your flow that day, but ideally you will come outside of menses).
-If you might be newly pregnant (after ovulation, IUI or embryo transfer). To the left is a graphic of the stages of a menstrual cycle (from my coloring book, The People's Pelvis!). The follicular phase is the time to come in if you are trying to conceive 'the old fashioned way'. This would be days 6-13 in a textbook cycle, but most importantly, before you ovulate.
-I don't do belly work prior to 20 weeks in a pregnancy, but you can definitely receive pregnancy massage anytime before that!
-If you are having any sign of infection.
-If you are having a new and mysterious pain.
-If you have an undiagnosed mass.
-If you have a fever or any symptoms of an infection or virus.
-Before or during treatment for cancer.
-During an acute flareup of your condition (we can modify during a moderate flareup in some cases).
-Anytime you are injecting hormones into your abdomen in preparation for an IUI, egg retrieval or embryo transfer.
-Ovulation: This massage can be stimulating to the system, and so *can* cause ovulation to happen earlier than expected. If you are coming in the same month you are trying to conceive, schedule your session as soon after menstruation as possible (but still keep an extra eye on your cycle tracking signs), or come in before you are in a trying-to-conceive month.
...but DO come in!! I look forward to working with you!