Grandmother Moon & Massage V. Luteal Phase

The Cyclical Phases and Massage

THE MENSTRUAL, HORMONAL, LUNAR & EARTH CYCLES

AND HOW MASSAGE THERAPY CAN SERVE AS A SUPPORT


Described throughout this series are the four phases of the menstrual cycle, the hormones involved in each phase, the related energetics of the Moon and Earth cycles and the corresponding elemental wisdom. Please keep in mind that each body is unique and not all cycle phases will align with the specific Moon and Earth phases that are listed ~ and that is completely okay, whenever you bleed is perfect! To better understand the nature of your individual cycle, it's most important to take into consideration your own experience of the spiritual significance and archetypal symbolism of the Lunar and Earth phases rather than the specific space and time. I welcome and encourage you to practice curiosity and compassion when exploring this content and to bring awareness to the fluidity and variability that is our internal rhythms especially in regards to the menstrual cycle.


with love,

from my heart to yours...


SOFTENING, QUIETING, RECONNECTING

"Within the language of our cycle we are given a map and compass by which to harmoniously grow into maturity, by which to have healthy relationships, by which to know ourselves. Your cycle is a language that is always communicating to you, whether you are in alignment with what your body needs or whether there are opportunities for shifts. Cravings, emotional turbulence, discomfort and pain are messages & symptoms that are drawing your awareness to ‘toxins’ in your life or what needs to change." ~ Isabella Wilde


LUTEAL/PRE-MENSTRUAL/POST-OVULATORY PHASE

Waning Moon | Earth/Metal Element | Fall/Autumn Equinox


As our bodies prepare to embrace what has been ripened into fruition during the ovulatory phase, we begin to feel the pulse to slow down and move inwards again. This is a time to grant ourselves permission to let go of what no longer serves in order to soften into a more balanced and connected state as we begin to wind down in preparation for menstruation.


After ovulation, the cells of the follicle that enveloped the egg breaks down and transforms into a new structure called the Corpus Luteum. It is responsible for the hormonal composition of the following phase of the cycle. Luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulates the corpus luteum to secrete the hormone