Guest Post: My Experience with Mercier Therapy
I’ve asked my dear friend Kelsey Redd to guest post for me. She recently went through the 6 weeks of Mercier Therapy and thought it would be nice to hear it from someone who has actually been through the therapy. I previously mentioned Mercier Therapy in my Endometriosis post last month.
Kelsey and I have been friends for several years, we’ve gone through several rounds of IVF together, and she’s the one I go to when infertility has tried to beat me and when I’ve had a bad day. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Mercier Therapy Practicioner, Yoga Instructor, and Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher. Her counseling specializes in infertility and grief.
“I first heard about Mercier Therapy last year from a friend of mine who went to Chicago to receive treatments from Dr. Jennifer Mercier herself. My friend described to me the deep healing and love she felt from Dr. Jennifer. She had remarkable results too. Previous to her treatment, exams showed her fallopian tubes being blocked and her doctor explained that her only option was to have her tubes removed and do IVF. After completing Mercier Therapy, that same doctor was surprised to see that her tubes were completely clear and showed no sign of blockage. Needless to say, I was intrigued.
Mercier Therapy is a deep pelvic organ visceral manipulative technique in which the reproductive organs are mobilized, blood flow restored, and scar tissue can be diminished. Organ restrictions are relieved and movement is replenished amongst the organs and surrounding structures to enhance their natural and most optimal function. It’s a six hour regime broken up into one hour weekly sessions in which you receive massage work via the abdomen to accomplish the goal of releasing organ restriction.
My friend suggested that I watch the documentary to learn more about the treatment. The documentary emphasized the importance of treating the organs of the pelvis in order to restore blood flow and optimize function naturally. This resonated with me, especially as someone diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” for the last 8 years.
It occurred to me that never, in any of the tests or treatments I’ve had, did anyone look at the shape or contortion of my uterus, or at blood flow to my ovaries. Nor did anyone question the inevitable scar tissue in this area due to all the failed treatments. It made sense to me that with everything being “fine” with my body, and my overall healthy lifestyle, there was very little reason for me to not conceive naturally.
I began feeling drawn towards this treatment as an option to help prepare my body for our last embryo transfer after 2 IVF cycles, or maybe this would even give us a chance to conceive naturally. After a lot of contemplation, my husband and I felt this was the right thing to do for us.
I found a couple of practitioners in Utah, and started treatment right away. I immediately felt the support and concern of my Mercier Therapist. She was warm and welcoming, and although she had not experienced infertility herself, I felt like she was truly concerned about our success. Most refreshing was her hope and confidence that we would be successful. Mercier Therapy currently and consistently boasts an almost unbelievable 83% success rate, and she seemed convinced that I’d find myself pregnant either naturally or through the Frozen Embryo Transfer. For the first time in many years, I felt myself gain some hope.
Each week, I looked forward to my treatment. Although the deep massage was painful, I couldn’t wait to go back! Almost immediately after starting treatment, I could feel the blood flow restored to my pelvic region. I literally felt like my uterus was floating as I drove home after each massage. It was interesting that, at the beginning, I felt sick after the treatment, but I wondered what toxins were being released that had been stored deep in my abdomen for years. The sickness subsided after a few weeks, and I found myself experiencing less painful periods and even less pain with each massage. Unlike the invasive and traumatic treatments I have done before, Mercier Therapy brought new and kind awareness to my reproductive organs. Where I had to disconnect before in order to survive the medical procedures, now I was reconnecting with my whole body and whole self.
It has been only three weeks since I completed my Mercier Therapy, and only time will tell if I will eventually add to their success rate. Yet, even without “results,” I have felt a confidence, and wholeness return to my sense of self. Somehow I feel like Mercier Therapy allowed me to reconnect to my reproductive health with acceptance, kindness, and a confident sense of my capability to conceive.
I was so strongly impacted by Mercier Therapy, that before my treatment was even complete, I signed up to fly to Chicago and be trained by Dr. Jennifer Mercier to become a Certified Mercier Therapy Practitioner. With three years of experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist, I felt like I had finally found my calling. I can’t wait to start helping other women experience what I did and to finally offer an alternative and natural option for fertility treatments.”