• Fertility problems?
  • Miscarriages, difficult pregnancies, premature births?
  • Painful intercourse?
  • Painful menstruation?
  • Clots or dark, thick blood at the beginning or end of your period?
  • Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation or failure to ovulate?
  • PMS, PMT, depression?
  • Endometriosis?
  • Fibroids or polyps?
  • Bladder or yeast infections?
  • Crohn’s disease?
  • IBS?
  • Chronic constipation?
  • Digestive and elimination problems?
  • Ovarian cysts? PCOS?
  • Headaches, migraines?
  • Low energy?
  • Lower back ache?
  • Urinary system problems?
  • Peri-menopause and menopause symptoms?

All of these are problems associated with a tilted womb which is incredibly common and yet rarely known about, let alone talked about. Causes of a displaced uterus include lifestyle, high impact exercise such as running; injury to the sacrum or coccyx following a fall or car accident; chronic constipation;  regularly wearing high heel shoes; difficult births that potentially lead to weakened ligaments due to over-stretching;  poor professional care during pregnancy, birth and post natal; carrying babies and children on the hip; lifting and carrying heavy weights; walking barefoot on cold floors; emotional response following trauma; and simply from ageing (gravity takes its toll!).

Most women are all too familiar with at least one of the above list of complaints, and indeed to the potential causes. Modern medicine has little or nothing desirable to offer women with many of these problem. Women’s issues are rarely treated in a holistic, joined up manner, yet they can be addressed and prevented with a simple massage treatment called ‘Mizan Therapy’.

So what exactly is Mizan Therapy?

Mizan is an Arabic word that means ‘balance’. Mizan Therapy uses traditional reproductive healing techniques to restore balance when life feels unbalanced – physically, emotionally or spiritually.

It is a gentle, non-invasive external massage that brings healing to the wombspace and optimum health and well-being to women of all ages. The treatment works on the lower and upper abdomen, the legs, and the muscles in the back around the thoracic and lumbar spine.

Mizan benefits our physical health, restoring circulation and lymphatic drainage by relieving congestion and blockages. It can ease muscles and fascia tightened by tension and emotion. The techniques are commonly used in India and further east for optimising women’s health.

How frequently clients see their Mizan therapist depends on the nature of their condition. For many, once per month would be sufficient along with ‘self-care’ in between visits. People who are undergoing fertility treatments often see their practitioners more frequently.

Upon the first visit, clients are given a ‘self-care package’ which empowers them to be able to take care of themselves in between visits, quite literally taking their health in their own hands. For many of us women, just taking time out of our busy schedules to care for ourselves can bring health benefits in itself.

Some of the benefits of Mizan Therapy explained…

Digestive and Emotional Benefits

When the digestive system is working as it should, we are happily oblivious. But when it goes awry it can quickly affect our quality of life. 70% of our immune system is in the gut. Good health starts with the gut and if it is not operating efficiently there will not be optimum health.

The gut has its own nervous system – the Enteric Nervous System – sometimes called the second brain and it is intricately linked to our state of mind, hence “butterflies in the stomach” before an important event; feeling sick after hearing bad news; vomiting with shock; having a “gut feeling”; a stomach “tied up in knots”….our language is full of the link between mind and gut. But if those butterflies in our stomach are unaddressed, it can lead to constipation, indigestion, heartburn and eventually to more serious conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastro Oesophageal Reflux and Crohn’s.

Mizan Abdominal Therapy addresses the cause of digestive disorders. The upper abdomen is given a deep, thorough massage to loosen the tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries that feed the organs of the digestive and elimination system. The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature, improving fascial adhesions, scar tissue and removing kinks in the digestive tract.

Supporting Fertility

Mizan Therapy is a great way to support fertility. If the womb is not in her optimum positon there can be interference in the hormonal system which can impede conception. Mizan also increases blood flow, nourishing and restoring reproductive organs to health, improving detoxification, relieving congestion and removing emotional blockages. This will give your body the best chance to conceive and nurture a growing baby.

Approximately 30% of women with fertility problems conceive following a succession of Mizan sessions and of those who don’t conceive naturally, many go on to have successful IVF cycles.

Treatments generally consist of massage, diet and lifestyle modifications. Herbs are often recommended, either to enhance fertility or to give the womb a good cleanse before trying to conceive. Regularly performing  the self-care massage and taking care of our general health can have astonishing  effects on the body.

One client was working in an incredibly stressful job, working 60+ hours per week, having little time for self-care. Unsurprisingly she was struggling to conceive and after a couple of years of infertility issues and miscarriages, simply gave up. She quit her job, changed her lifestyle, practiced daily yoga and self-care massage along with the other Mizan herbal recommendations, and within three months was pregnant….naturally!  We can’t underestimate the impact that stress can have on the body and the power of self-care and self-love.

Benefits during pregnancy

By strengthening and toning the uterus, ligaments and other pelvic organs, Mizan Therapy helps to place and maintain the womb in her optimum positon for giving birth. A good blood supply in and out of the womb ensures optimum nutrition for the developing baby. With the womb healthy and centred in the pelvis, baby is able to get into optimum position ready for the birth, which leads to a shorter, easier labour and birth for both mum and baby, with less chance of assisted births and C-section.

Benefits for women who have had a hysterectomy, caesarean section and abdominal surgery

Mizan therapy improves circulation in and around the area of the scar. When circulation is improved, scar tissue will be prevented from forming following surgery and old scar tissue is broken down by treatment. Ligaments and other remaining organs benefit from the improved circulatory flow to the pelvis.

Scar tissue and fascial adhesions can often cause problems with digestion after abdominal surgery. Again, by improving circulation it breaks down the scar tissue and adhesions from past or present surgeries. A few sessions combined with castor oil packs, diet and self-care massage are often used for optimum success.

Mizan Therapy for Men?

Although men (obviously!) do not have a uterus, they benefit greatly from increased blood supply to the pelvic region.

Prostate – Mizan Abdominal Therapy brings new, oxygen-rich blood to the pelvic bowl, it can help to prevent congestion, swelling and inflammation to the prostate. The prostate gland is just behind and below the bladder and if it becomes congested can lead to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatis and frequent urination.

Fertility – Depending on the cause, Mizan Therapy can also help with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and impotency. It can help to improve the quantity and the quality of sperm, particularly in conjunction with dietary and lifestyle changes and herbal support.

Digestive problems – Many men are leading stressful lives and their digestive system suffers. Mizan Abdominal Therapy can really help with this – and treats the cause rather than masking the symptoms as with taking medication. The therapy can help with indigestion, heartburn, constipation and IBS.

Who and Where?

There are currently around 70 Mizan Practitioners in the UK, 1 in Canada and some being trained this very month over in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The founder of Mizan Therapy, Bushra Finch is incredibly passionate about the work that is being shared country and worldwide. She believes that every woman should have access to this therapy and be more connected with their wombspace.

Disclaimer: Evidence-based experience has shown that Mizan Therapy provides clients with relief from the symptoms of a variety of conditions. No claim is being made that all clients of Mizan Therapists will experience relief of their symptoms. Mizan Therapists make no claim of specific results. The decision to employ complementary practices is strictly up to each individual. Practitioners are not medically trained.

About the Author

Liz Bortoli of Holistic Health Derbyshire is based in Cromford, Derbyshire just out of the Peak District.

Her passion and specialism is in women’s health.  She is currently taking on new Mizan clients.

Liz is also a qualified ‘Vinyasa Flow Yoga’ teacher, teaching classes in Bakewell, Little Eaton and Alfreton, Derbyshire. She is also available for Private Yoga lessons.

Liz is also training to be a Naturopathic Nutritionist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.

For more information about Mizan Therapy, visit the Mizan website: http://www.mizantherapy.com/