Awareness and diagnosis of adenomyosis has skyrocketed in recent years but it still feels like endometriosis’s ignored step sister.
What is adenomyosis?
Adenomyosis is when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle.
Common symptoms of adenomyosis:
- An enlarged uterus
- Painful periods
- Heavy and/or long periods
- Painful sex
- Pelvic pain
Can I have endometriosis and adenomyosis?
Yes. Unfortunately, there are many women who appear to suffer from both. Many of the symptoms are present in both conditions and they are each challenging to diagnose.
Is treatment different if it’s adenomyosis?
I approach treating them in the same way as they usually have the same underlying root cause.
Holistic treatment for adenomyosis:
Sobada Abdominal Massage, is a relaxing and therapeutic massage that strengthens the uterus and improves blood flow to the organs in your pelvis including your ovaries and uterus.
Sobada is often nicknamed womb massage or uterine massage because of its profound impact on your womb.
The treatment helps to improve your overall menstrual cycle, reduce and often entirely eliminate period pain and ovulation pain. In addition, the treatment helps relax tension in your abdomen, release adhesions and return organs (including your uterus) to their optimum position.
As a result you’ll feel calmer and you’ll be able to anticipate your monthly period without fear.
I incorporate hand and foot reflexology to help you truly relax and return to a state of balance. Foot reflexology is very effective in improving your cycles and improving your hormone levels.
In our first treatment together, I teach you a short (5-10 minute) self-care massage you can use at home to complement my treatment. If you are consistent about performing this self care massage at home, it can support you in reducing adenomysosis related symptoms and improve your fertility and overall menstrual health.
Emotional support for your hormonal health:
Stress can have a huge impact on your health and your menstrual cycle especially if you are dealing with a diagnosis or you suspect you have adenomyosis.
I help my clients reduce their stress, anxiety and fears and concerns around their cycles using Bach Flowers, visualisation and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping.
I believe that when you feel calm, you’re sleeping well and you generally feel good your cycles are more likely to be regular and pain free.
I’m a holistic therapist and I am here to help you!
I love helping women to overcome their fertility challenges and other issues related to your cycles, pregnancy, periods and/or anxiety.
I treat women with abdominal and womb massage techniques known as Sobada (formally the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage) and reflexology.
I’m also an Advanced EFT Tapping practitioner and I work with women in particular issues around anxiety, depression, stress levels.
I teach Fertility Awareness to help women better know their bodies and improve their chances of conceiving or prevent pregnancy naturally.
I live in Modi’in, Israel and that’s where I spend my days helping women during their fertile years, pregnancy, menopause and other hormonal conditions. Bodywork sessions (massage and reflexology take place in my clinic in Modi’in but EFT Tapping sessions and Fertility Awareness education can take place online or in person).
Learn more about working with me here.
I came to Annette about half a year ago in the middle of a terrible endometriosis attack with extreme pains that lasted for several days. Even at the end of the first treatment I felt a reduction in pain. For several years I have tried various types of alternative treatments and never experienced anything that helped like the treatment from Annette.
Since then I have been going to Annette once every week or so. After many years of taking the contraceptive pill continuously because of endometriosis I stopped the pill in order to get pregnant. I was terrified the pains would get worse once I stopped the pill. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have any painful endometriosis attacks when I stopped the pill. I had also made changes to my diet with the help of a dietician who specialises in endometriosis. The month after I stopped the pill I got pregnant naturally.
Annette is sensitive, professional, pleasant and very exact in her treatment. I am so happy I came to see her. I warmly recommend her to anyone with endometriosis, it was really life-changing for me.
I came for treatment after being diagnosed with adenomyosis. I was suffering from pain all the time and I was so discouraged. The treatment allowed me to express myself, my difficult feeling and at the same time feel much better physically.
Annette, thank you so much for the support, for listening and your kind words. I really enjoy coming to you. Thank you for helping me not to feel discouraged and to feel more positive.
My dear Annette, the treatment with you was great. Physically - relaxing and releasing and also emotionally I feel like I have a place to unload everything that is weighing me down and then feel so much lighter and more optimistic. When I come to you, I also feel like I am doing something to improve the endometriosis which worries me a lot. I am hoping with your continued help it will continue to improve.
I always look forward to coming for treatment with Annette. I have seen a big reduction in endometriosis related pain and side effects. I feel like the abdominal massage and reflexology has helped me recharge my body to feel like new again. Annette is amazing and has magic hands. Thank you so much.
I came to you a year ago in pain and sad without any tools to effectively deal with my medical situation (suspcied endometriosis). It has been a journey. From treatment to treatment I feel stronger and learned to treat myself. Thank you so much for everyone, love, Noam.
Hi Annette, I wanted to share with you that I have been thinking a lot about the year that has passed since Pesach until today. Last Seder night I was experiencing extreme pain all over my body and before the last day of chag I came to you for a treatment for the first time and left with a really really good feeling.
I am so happy with everything I received from you in the past year - physical treatment that touched especially where it was needed, emotional guidance that also touched exactly where it was needed and in general I feel like you are a life teacher and a source of inspiration.
I am so happy that I met you, almost by chance (or actually not by chance at all). Thank you so much. Happy Passover.
Update from two months later: pregnant naturally without returning to IVF.
The treatment for me was a safe space. One one per week that I know is just for me. Connecting to my body and thoughts, to my breath and my heart beat were a gift to myself.
Especially in a person like Annette it complemented the experience not just in her impressive experience and her dedication but also her pleasant manner and lack of judgement. She always succeeded in sending me home with a great feeling and new ideas.
The physical sensation and also emotional and mental at the end of each treatment was perfect. The scent of the oils sent me back many generations to the period of time when people were more connected to nature and to themselves and helped create an indescribable calm.
I don’t understand how the treatment works but it just works. As someone with endometriosis, from the first treatment I felt an improvement and relief from symptoms and with time it just kept improving until I no longer worried about pain each time I expected my period.
Even with the attempts at getting pregnant, which was not easy and included fertility treatments like IVF, Annette’s treatment helped balance my body, to be calm and optimistic and even to enjoy the process. Annette was also like a life coach about different life challenges and always advising me well. Thank you for everything!!
Rotem, Beit Shemesh
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