Massage therapy is a nourishing, healing and wise self-care tool to utilize throughout the stages of life and benefiting the female body, and mind in many ways. It releases hormones and neurotransmitters like oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, into the system. These chemical messengers relieve stress and anxiety, promote healthy sleep, growth and healing, boost the immune system and give us a sense of peace and overall well being. Massage increases circulation which can be very helpful for PMS, PCOS, supporting fertility (abdominal massage specifically brings blood-flow to the reproductive organs, stimulating ovulation and regulating menstruation), and pregnancy (for baby and mommy) and as we age by bringing oxygen and nutrients into the tissues, and supporting the removal of toxins through the lymphatic system. Ethical bodywork with a skilled practitioner is one of the only places where we can fully receive, without anyone wanting or needing anything from us. I often feel a skillful massage is akin to being held in motherly arms where I can hand over the pressures of life and simply let go.