Good Friends – Jess Channon

We love introducing you to our like-minded friends. It’s time we introduce you to Jess Channon – your Women’s Massage and Arvigo Therapist. Jess focuses on Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy, Postnatal and Scar Healing from 2 convenient locations in Adelaide. You can find her consulting from Healing Arts Studio and Modern Acupuncture. 


Can you describe Women’s health massage as if I knew nothing about what it involves?

A massage which focuses on nourishing the reproductive and digestive systems through upper and lower abdominal massage, a series of hips assessments, stretches and back massage to further support the structures which protect the reproductive system. The massage increases blood, lymph, nerve and energetic flow to support the body to function optimally.


What sort of health conditions do you commonly see in clinic?

Women/people looking to prepare for conception, period pain, menstrual disorders like endometriosis/adenomyosis and chronic pelvic pain for other reasons, PCOS, those experiencing fertility challenges for a variety of reasons, including undergoing fertility treatment.  


Do you find that reproductive issues are closely linked to digestive health?

Absolutely. Particularly given that I see many people with endometriosis/adenomyosis, most of these people have digestive symptoms like diarrhoea and constipation, sometimes both intermittently. These digestive symptoms can be made worse with frequent medication use like anti-inflammatories and opioid pain relief. Even in a normal healthy pelvis, the position of the uterus can cause digestive upsets, an example of this is premenstrual constipation if the uterus is retroverted (tipped back) and leaning on the rectum.


Do you find that clients are able to improve their digestive/reproductive issues with massage alone, or does it require a little extra support?

Many of the people I work with have a “village” of health care providers supporting them, particularly the more complex conditions like endometriosis/adenomyosis. These range from Gynaecologists and Fertility specialists and General practitioners, to Naturopaths/Nutritionists, Acupuncturists/Chinese herbalists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Counsellors and more.


How long does it take to see a result?

This varies, depending on the condition, frequency of treatments and frequency of in home self abdominal massage. Some people will see instant results with improvement during their next period, or a more regular menstrual cycle. Sometimes it can take longer, because it takes 90-100 days for an egg to prepare for ovulation it can take 3-4 months to see the desired results. Others may not have physical symptoms to measure but see things like an increase in cervical mucus for fertility support are noticed.


What’s the most rewarding thing about being a Women’s health massage therapist

Helping to educate women to listen and interpret what their bodies are trying to tell them and how to troubleshoot what they interpret. Giving women/people some tools for them to have an impact on their health between treatments that they can do safely in their own homes through self-abdominal massage and complementary techniques. I love supporting people through vulnerable times in their life,  having support from me (and other health care providers) they can feel less alone.


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