Grandmother Moon & Massage I. Introduction

A SERIES EXPLORING THE CYCLICAL & SOMATIC NATURE AND RHYTHMS WITHIN & HOW MASSAGE THERAPY CAN SERVE AS A SUPPORT FOR EACH PHASE OF THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE

"Our cyclical nature is an integral part of who we are and how we exist in this world. Each day of the menstrual cycle, we experience subtle changes and hormonal shifts that inform how we respond to and receive our lives. When we acknowledge that we are hormonally, emotionally, physiologically and energetically supported in different ways each day, we respect the truth of our bodies and learn to work with our rhythms, rather than against them." ~ Samantha Neal

 


Welcome and thank you for being here.


The intention for the Grandmother Moon & Massage series is to weave together the interconnectedness of the scientific as well as the spiritual nature of the menstrual cycle to bring awareness to the cyclical rhythms that are experienced within one's menstruating body and to better understand the radiance, fluidity, and connection that is available through our reciprocal and relative qualities to Nature.


As a massage therapist, I aspire to share how this path of bodywork may be a support during each phase, through honouring the fluctuations in one's cycle. I would also like to acknowledge the variability and exceptions to the general, including many conditions that influence the body's reproductive cycles. These articles do not dive specifically into the different conditions that may alter one's cycle and experience of it. The intention of this series is to provide foundational insight into the innate rhythms to hold as a grounding point to explore one's individual cycle.


This series is offered in five independent articles, one for each of the four phases of the reproductive cycle (Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal) and one introductory article (the one you are currently indulging in) which takes a more scientific approach in explaining the anatomy of the pelvis and the physiology of the governing reproductive organs. The aim is to build a knowledgeable foundation before flowing into the esoteric and energetic aspects of the individual phases.


EACH ARTICLE FOR THE PARTICULAR PHASES HOLDS THE FOLLOWING:


~ the interconnected and cyclical energetics of the Lunar and Earth cycles

~ how these cycles influence and mirror the four phases of the menstrual cycle

~ the hormones involved/activated

~ symptoms that may be experienced

~ ways in which massage therapy can support each phase of a menstruating body's cycle


I welcome and encourage you to practice curiosity and compassion w