Do you suffer from menstrual pain?
Is it difficult to have a smear test?
Are you struggling with fertility issues?
Do you have PCOS?
Do you have digestive problems, or IBS?
Are your menopausal symptoms embarrassing?
Have you had any abdominal surgery, including caesarean section?
Are you pregnant or just had a baby?
Mizan Therapy can help with any of these – and so much more!
With women possibly experiencing over 450 periods (that’s ten years or 3,500 days!) in their lifetime, some experiencing pregnancy and birthing from their womb space, and entering their third life phase in menopause, we are constantly bound by the health of our womb. A Happy balanced womb equals a Connected and Calm Woman!
Mizan, meaning “balance” in Arabic, uses traditional healing techniques to address conditions involving reproductive organs, the digestive system and emotional health. Muscles and ligaments that are over-contracted can cause pain and pull bones and organs out of place. Mizan Therapy is a gentle, external massage that strengthens supporting muscles and ligaments and aids internal organs to regain their correct positions for optimum health and well-being, bringing healing to women on both physical and emotional levels.
Mizan is a massage therapy that focuses on the abdomen and the low and mid back. The massage helps to bring a fresh, oxygenated blood supply to the reproductive organs and surrounding tissues, the digestive system, and relieve tension, built up stress and stored emotions.
Used by women for balancing their cycles, and bringing them to a regular interval, easing away the cause of PMT, painful cramps, and other unnecessary (common, but not normal) symptoms. So many women have a womb that is tilted (retroverted or anteverted) which is common but not normal, or out of balance physically, and this has a knock-on effect on so many of the body’s systems. Mizan helps to tone the surrounding tissues and ligaments, to help bring the womb back into its natural alignment.
Mizan is powerful during the reproductive years, as it helps to support natural and assisted conception. This therapy is marvellous for women in peri or post menopause too. Mizan also supports women who have experienced a pelvic organ prolapse.
Mizan Therapy supports your fertility on the journey to pregnancy and birth. Fertility depends on a series of processes working in the correct sequence and in conjunction with each other. Hormones must be released at the right time of the cycle, in the correct amounts; the uterine membrane must grow thick and healthy to nourish an ovum and the vaginal pH must allow the sperm through without being weakened by acidity.
If your womb is tilted, then it is more likely that there will be a disruption to the delicate balance of hormones and the body’s organs working in unison. This communication breakdown may be the cause of anovulatory cycles; premature menopause; PCOS or fibroids.
Sometimes the congestion caused by a tilted uterus can result in the blood stream becoming toxic, or too much strain on the lymphatic system to eliminate waste.
Mizan helps to realign the womb which will increase blood flow, nourishing and restoring your 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. Since it takes 12 weeks for an egg to achieve maturity, it is best to undertake Mizan treatments for three months before trying to conceive.
Mizan is also beneficial for you if you are undergoing assisted conception and will improve your chance of a successful outcome.
We tend to shy away from talking about loss and miscarriage; it’s hard to grieve and there are no rituals to ease our passage through. And with termination, which can be a very difficult choice, there may also be feelings of shame to add to the grief. Mizan can help to heal and rebalance: your womb, your hormones, your spirit. Whatever the circumstances, you will be treated with compassion by your Mizan practitioner. There is no right or wrong, no set length of time, so get in touch as soon as you feel ready.
Many of the problems that we take for granted and accept as a normal part of being pregnant can be prevented. You don’t need to put up with pelvic girdle pain, pubic pain, tired aching legs, varicose veins, or swollen ankles; nor do you have to cope with sickness, headaches, or fluid retention. Mizan Therapy helps to relieve these and other complaints. Treating yourself to regular Mizan Therapy is relaxing and enjoyable for both you and the baby. Because it promotes circulation, the abdominal muscles are relaxed and strengthened, ready to birth your baby. It’s a great way to encourage your baby into the optimum position ready for birth, leading to a shorter labour and easier birth for you both.
Having Mizan Therapy post birth is extremely beneficial in assisting the internal organs gently back to their optimum position and function. Depending on the birth, Mizan can usually be safely done before the 6-week check, afterwards in the case of caesarean section. Your Mizan Practitioner will guide you on this. If the birth was by caesarean section, Mizan will not only guide the uterus back into position but will also help in breaking down scar tissue and preventing the uterus adhering to other internal organs.
It completely depends on any symptoms and issues you have going on, or the reason that brings you for Mizan in the first place. Initially, I encourage you to begin with a series of three sessions so that we can continue supporting the body, womb, ligaments through the changes, as it finds its new status quo. Lots of women simply have a monthly/bi-monthly Mizan for ongoing self -care, because they want to look after that area of their body. The frequency does depend on the reasons for treatment though.
It is not recommended to perform the lower abdominal massage when you are days 1-4 of you menstruation or in early pregnancy. If you are trying for a baby, lower massage would not be recommended after ovulation. Alternatively, I offer warm hands to bring vitality and energy to this area.
If you are going through IVF, we can do Mizan up until embryo transfer, then we are hands-off. I am still there for emotional support though.
You may have already filled in your health screen, and will go through it with your practitioner, or you may fill it in together, covering areas of your life including the physical, medical, emotional, spiritual aspects; past and present. What your menstrual cycle is like, your family history, and anything that is going on for you. Sometimes these questions may bring up things that you need to talk about, but often Mizan is a lovely way to shift emotional issues with minimum words. You can share as much or as little as you like.
What to wear
Mizan is a very discrete massage. You will be mostly covered by a sheet, and blankets or towels.
For your lower body, it’s easier if you are just in pants, so that we don’t have to deal with the waistband of trousers or leggings. You will be covered over. But if you prefer to wear trousers, that’s ok too. Make sure they are loose, can be easily lowered, and you are not precious in case I get massage oil on them. On your upper body, you are fine with your bra on, and a top such as a t-shirt or vest is ideal. Something that can be easily brought up so that we can get to your upper abdomen and midway up your back. Again, you will be covered over for warmth, but please make sure that it is not something that will ruin if we get massage oil on it.
Socks! Unless you have a major sock aversion or you live in a very warm place, socks are good! Warm feet, happier womb!
Depending on your personal circumstances, Nina will talk through other self-care practices that may help you on your healing journey. This includes Caster Oil Packs, Vaginal Steaming, details about Faja use, the Mizan Botanicals that can be used, such as turmeric tinctures. You are encouraged to drink lots of water after your treatment.
It’s an hour for you to relax, focus on your breathing, meditate or visualise – whatever you feel comfortable with.
One aspect we do talk about in advance is what you are letting go of through this process.
We all have baggage whether it’s physical or emotional.
Mizan therapy is a gift that allows you to process emotions, trauma (big or small), and work with your body’s natural healing ability. After all, all our body is ever trying to do is heal. Once you’ve verbalised all of this, it’s amazing how much healing you can experience just in the first session.
The Mizan massage starts on the front of your body, palpating your lower abdomen to get a guide of how your womb is positioned, if there is more tension or tightness on one side or the other. This is on your lower abdomen, just above your pubic bone.
Some gentle lymphatic drainage on the front of the legs, pelvic alignment through gentle body rocking and deep breathing are all part of the first half of the treatment. Your skin is covered for most of this, apart from the tummy massage.
You will then turn over to lie face down. I always make sure you’re super comfy before working on the back. Your comfort is key for me. If you’re in the optimum position, I find I can leave you to relax for at least 10 minutes after the treatment because you’re in a deep state of relaxation by then.
The back work includes the sacral and the lower to mid back. These nerves all feed into the front of the body and help with encouraging the flow of fresh blood, vitality and healing to the reproductive organs.
Gentle body rocking, deep percussion and pressure points allow tension release and aim to balance the body systems.
Once the physical treatment is complete and you’ve had your additional 10 or 15 minutes of ‘snooze’ time, there’s normally another herbal tea waiting for you and we have a brief chat about aftercare.
I’ve always found that the end of a deeply relaxing and intensive treatment is not the best time to talk about homecare in detail. Most clients are in a different zone by this time, so we have a brief chat and then a follow-up when you are ready in a day or two.
What is the frequency between massages?
This will vary, and you can discuss this with Nina. It depends on what you are there for, and your own circumstances. Most clients come back weekly or fortnightly initially, but then move onto monthly. If all is well, maintenance every few months is always nice.
Things to mention to Nina: Please do speak to Nina if there is a chance that you could be pregnant. The lower massage cannot be done if you are currently menstruating, so I will use warm hands to bring energy to this area in this instance. Mizan towards the end of a bleed is acceptable. Please speak to Nina if you have an active case of a fungal infection or external thrush.
Because our needs are all different, I offer different packages:
Mizan Maintenance is an hour-long treatment which includes a 15-minute consultation and a full 45-minute Mizan Massage. This is ideal for those of you who are wanting to experience the benefits of Mizan as a one-off treatment, and for those who have been doing in-depth work with me but are now further down the road and need an occasional boast to support their self-care. This is recommended monthly.
In-depth Mizan treatments are for women who are looking to work on more specific issues, be it physical or emotional. During your first 90-minute treatment, we have an in-depth consultation, where we go through your health profile, looking at what symptoms you are experiencing, any past or present health issues, your diet and lifestyle. Together, we will then create, for you, a bespoke self-care routine, I share with you the self-massage technique along with other tools, such as castor oil packing and vaginal steaming, to support you on your own healing journey. Your initial session lasts around 90 minutes which includes your 60-minute Mizan massage.
Subsequent in-depth sessions last 75 minutes.
I recommend three in-depth Mizan treatments to begin with, one week apart. Following this, if you feel balance is restored, you may continue with a monthly Mizan maintenance. Sometimes a further one to two in depth Mizan treatments are required fortnightly after the initial three treatments.
Pregnancy Mizan is a wonderful massage treatment, supporting you to deeply connect with your changing body and growing baby. Pregnancy can really take its toll on our bodies and women will experience unpleasant symptoms such as morning sickness, pelvic girdle pain, shortness of breath, constipation, haemorrhoids, and varicose veins. Mizan can bring relief to all these, as well as increasing circulation and blood flow to the womb, toning the muscle ready for labour, and to the placenta, carrying essential nutrients to your growing baby. The extra blood flow in the pelvis strengthens the ligaments and muscles supporting the womb, bringing her into alignment and optimising baby’s positioning. A deeply relaxing and beneficial 60-minute massage plus self-massage tuition.
Post-natal Mizan is one of those essential treatments for all new mothers. A deeply nourishing, mini spa massage package that relaxes and restores. It includes a choice of a mini–Indian head or mini-Reflexology, followed by a 60-minute in-depth Mizan massage. Guaranteed to make you feel whole again! This treatment is available any time after birth (or 6 weeks after in the case of a c-section birth), lasts around 90 minutes.
If you want to discuss the treatment further, then why not book for a clarity call with Nina HERE.
This session is available at the Washbrook Centre
“I was lucky enough to have Mizan Therapy with Nina. As a qualified midwife with a wealth of knowledge and experience, I knew that Nina would be amazing but there was something very unexpected and beyond welcome – Nina was able to calm me down and read my energies, she had an instinct about my deeper emotional needs and her nurturing demeanour made me feel safe, cocooned, cared for and hopeful qbout my health. Thank you so much”
“I have had a beautiful mizan treatment from Nina and she makes you feel at ease and supported throughout the whole treatment. She is also a font of midwifery and physiology knowledge! Highly recommended”
“Nina is so knowledgeable in everything woman! She has changed my life and I can’t thank her enough. I would highly recommend to all woman. She is so welcoming and kind and very calming in all aspects of what she does.”
Duration: 1 hour
Includes a 15-minute consultation and a full 45-minute Mizan Massage.
This is ideal for those of you who are wanting to experience the benefits of Mizan as a one-off treatment, and for those who have been doing in-depth work with me but are now further down the road and need an occasional boast to support their self-care.
This is recommended monthly.
In-depth Mizan Initial Treatment
treatments are for women who are looking to work on more specific issues, be it physical or emotional.
Duration: 90-minute treatment
Includes your 60-minute Mizan massage.
In-depth Mizan Follow Up Treatment
treatments are for women who are looking to work on more specific issues, be it physical or emotional.
Duration: 75 minutes
Includes your 60-minute Mizan massage.
is a wonderful massage treatment, supporting you to deeply connect with your changing body and growing baby.
A deeply relaxing and beneficial massage plus self-massage tuition.
Duration: 60 minutes
A deeply nourishing, mini spa massage package that relaxes and restores.
Includes a choice of a mini–Indian head or mini-Reflexology, followed by a 60-minute in-depth Mizan massage. Guaranteed to make you feel whole again!
This treatment is available any time after birth (or 6 weeks after in the case of a c-section birth),.
Duration: around 90 minutes
Unsure as to which of my services will be best for you?
Let’s have a chat and find out where to start.