Women’s Health

Our bodies are designed to be in balance

Passionate about Women's Health

I am passionate about using a blend of holistic therapies including massage, aromatherapy, acupressure and energetic techniques to help support your health holistically. 

Working on different levels; physically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually, I can tailor make your session to your requirements whether this is for PCOS and PCO, endometriosis, hysterectomy preparation or recovery, perimenopause or menopause.

Our bodies are designed to be in balance, if we are out of kilter whether on a physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic level this can effect our ability to self heal, self repair or self regulate. 

When our body is out of balance on any of these levels it is giving us a signal, that we need to slow down, take time out and care for ourselves to help restore this natural balance.

Gemma Underwood

Holding in emotions, emotional trauma and stress can all have a negative impact on the body. With the female body it is often the case that the negative impact of these manifest themselves within the abdomen and pelvic area. Whether this be via digestive issues, menstrual issues or via appetite. The stomach and reproductive areas often have negative connotations associated with them, when it comes to women’s health. For example, due to medical examinations, symptoms due to these conditions or emotional resentment to these areas. 

The majority of clients that I see, whether it is for sports massage, tension headaches, fertility support, menopause support or for skin issues, the major denominator in all of these is stress, they just all manifest themselves in different ways. This may be down to emotional stress, family stress, environmental stress to name but a few.

 

Women’s Health

Women’s Health can often be a bit of a taboo subject, but it is a highly fascinating, if somewhat delicate and complex subject. It is full of cycles and phases, not to mention hot flushes, which can sometimes leave women confused. For true balance in the body, our hormones need also to be balanced. Changes in your menstrual cycles can be an indicator that your hormones could possibly be out of balance. Hormones need to all work together to help create balance within the body.

When women experience hormonal health issues, it is very easy to try and categorise these and not look at the bigger picture. I offer a truly bespoke and tailored session that looks at all aspects of your health (past and present) as well as your lifestyle. I am not here to lecture or to advise of huge changes but I am here to support you in the choices that you make to support your health, holistically. Whether you are having menstruation abnormalities (at any age), looking for support on your fertility journey, menopause, every women I see will get a truly be spoke service and therapy designed with them and their needs in mind.

On a more generic level, the therpaies I offer can help women with:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep issues and insomnia
  • Muscular pain, stiffness and aches
  • Tension
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Skin Conditions (often associated with a stress response)
  • Circulation (both general and lymphatic)
  • Menstrual concerns
  • Digestion
  • PMT and PMS
 
 

Abdominal & Sacral Massage

Our stomach, pelvic and digestive area can hold a lot of trauma, whether physical or emotional, whether long standing or recent. Our initial response to situations often comes from this region. For example, we often refer to situations or emotions as “gut wrenching” or “what does your gut instinct say”


"The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.”

Have you ever had a "gut-wrenching" experience? Do certain situations make you "feel nauseous"? Have you ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings can trigger symptoms in the gut.

Source: Harvard Medical School

Emotional Wellbeing

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emotional well being is of huge importance, each emotion is believed to be associated with an organ, if out of balance these can cause specific symptoms with that organ. 

Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related condition that results in symptoms like exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings. The adrenal glands and HPA axis become depleted and dysregulated after a long period of emotional stress or chronic illness.

 

What the research tells us

A new study has identified associations between two kinds of gut microbiota and how they affect people’s emotional responses, and the researchers say it’s the first evidence of behavioural differences related to microbial composition in healthy humans.
Anger, fear, butterflies, stress and anxiety can all cause inflammation, pain, cramp, discomfort, congestion or bloating. Many women at some point in their life will suffer from some for of IBS, many it is affecting their day to day life and is often a stress response associated with emotions such as anxiety. The digestive organs and the reproductive organs are often both looked at during a session due to their direct correlation as the neural pathways are the same.

80% of the immune system resides in the gut, by massaging this area it can help to promote, encourage balance and kick start the immune system. It can also help to encourage the removal of waste, naturally, and promote bowel health. This can provide relief from constipation, bloatedness and encourage more regular bowel movements. By encouraging circulation to the abdominal area (intestinal and colon) it can also assist with promotion of absoption, boosting the immune sytem and improving the nervous system in this area.

 

The centre of women’s bodies

Abdominal, sacral and womb massage concentrates on the core area, the centre of our bodies. This can bring awareness, circulation, energy to many of the major vital organs that are within that area but particularly those associated with digestion and reproduction. This can have a knock on effect with the rest of the body, encouraging balance, tension release (physical and emotional) and encouraging and kick starting the natural healing process. These areas are often neglected and left unnurtured. 

This wonderfully nurturing massage includes the abdomen, womb, lower back and sacrum. This can encourage realignment, encourage blood flow to the area with fresh oxygenated blood, help to release tension and congestion and help to improve muscles (both skeletal and involuntary), encourage the elimination of toxins and encouraging hormones to re-balance themselves naturally. The sacral area houses the nerves, tissues and organs for the digestive and reproductive systems. 

By massaging the womb area, it will help the womb to maintain its ideal position, this in turn may help to eliminiate stagnant blood, break down any adhesions and scar tissues. This can also aid the management of PCOS, PCO and endometriosis. 
Following a caesarean this can encourage the reduction of scarring and the associated restrictions that can be caused by the physical trauma associated with a caesarean. By working the scar, together we can help reduce the restrictions that this type of scar can cause. It can also help to restore the surrounding tissues and bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the area. I will also teach you techniques that you can do yourself to help support the sessions you have with me. It can also help to maintain pelvic floor and bladder health. 

 

How therapies can help

In the lead up to menopause, known as peri or pre menopause, oestrogen and progesterone production and levels start decreasing. This can cause fluctuating menstrual cycles, heavy and irregular bleeds depending on the amount of FSH and LH are produced by the Pituitary gland. This can also affect the adrenal glands.

Due to the blend of modalities that are used within my therapies I can combine abdominal and womb massage with aromatherapy, energetic techniques and meditation meaning it is suitable for :

  • Fertility support
  • Menopause
  • Endometriosis
  • PCO/PCOS
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Hystercetomy preparation/recovery
  • Cesearean recovery (and preparation) 
  • Fibriods & Ovarian Cysts
  • Circulatory Issues
  • Longstanding stress
  • Emotional issues and trauma
  • Help to improve adrenal function
  • Help to reduce the risk of adrenal fatigue

As well as training in Fertility Massage Therapy™ I have also trained in massage for c-section and hysterectomy recovery, as well as other scarring, aromatherapy and massage for digestion and aromatherapy for the menopause.

Abdominal, sacral and womb massage is a beautiful and nurturing therapy to receive. A range of potential benefits including the treatment of:

  • PMS
  • Painful/irregular/heavy periods
  • Pre-menopause or Menopausal symptoms
  • Re-occurring bladder or yeast infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Hormonal migraines
  • Emotional or Sexual trauma
  • Unexplained pelvic pain or lower back pain
  • Ovulation problems
  • Pelvic infections
  • PCOS
  • Stress
  • Surpressed emotions
  • Childhood traumas
  • Maternal problems
  • Low immune system/leaky gut
  • Stress related digestive or menstrual issues
  • Digestive problems such as constipation and diarrhoea
  • IBS
  • Constipation and bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort

Initial consultation including therapy plan, aromatherapy product and self care. 

90 minutes – £75
Subsequent appointment – 60 minutes – £45

I can currently provide nutritional direction, as I am undertaking a nutrition course, once qualified I will also be able to advise specifically regarding diet.

Coming soon reflexology for Women’s Health.

OnTarget Massage

Based in West Sussex serving women in Horsham, Crawley, Southwater, Billingshurst, Wisborough Green, Pulborough, Slinfold, Loxwood, Warnham, Broadbridge Heath.

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