massage infoi hope you don't mind, prettyisa, that i'm posting most of my email to you here. it beats thinking it out again.
here's the massage info for anyone who wants it. i can't say that it's worked for my fertility (yet), but i've heard too many accounts of this working wonders for other women.
also, if you go get the massage done once (the place i went to charged $140, but i was there for 3 hours), the therapist will teach you how to do it yourself. so you never have to go back for this particular massage.
the article that's linked mentions the upper torso massage, but that's not important for fertility. enjoy!
i first heard about the massage in an ethnography that i read called "birth in four cultures." the massage is very simple and gentle. if you don't do it gently, well, it's sort of like giving a rough massage to your liver. ha!
i just now found this great article/instruction about arvigo!
it says to press your fingers as deeply as it is comfortable, but my therapist suggested to be as gentle as you can. it also depends on your body type. i can feel my hipbones and pubic bone fairly well, but you'd want to press a bit more if you're a curvier girl.
you do the massage from the right, the left, and then from your pubic bone. most women have an off-center uterus. mine leaned to the right and is too low, but getting better. basically, when i press down right above my pubic bone, it feels like a water balloon; no hollow space. if you think about all the tendons that are keeping your uterus in place, some can get more overstretched than others.
my therapist always does three strokes each away. she likes the number three. just look for a hollow space where you can sink in and go from there. i'm sure you'll figure it out with your schooling.
take time off from the massage during your period and around the time of ttc. during these times, you can do light, nurturing strokes. it's a good way to connect with your body.