Through our unique on-site Mind Body program, we provide comprehensive services that treat more than just the physical symptoms of infertility. Going through treatments can cause stress on many levels. Evidence is mounting that acupuncture, yoga, and massage therapy may have the ability to enhance fertility and improve overall well-being.
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Infertility often comes with an emotional blow. We understand that most people never expect to be faced with such a challenge, and we strive to make your fertility journey as smooth and as calm as possible.
Support for Women
You are not alone. Our Mind & Body program offers an intimate support group to help women work through the emotions of their fertility journey. These small, intimate group sessions provide a safe space to relax, to express feelings, and to connect with other women. You'll learn relaxation strategies and coping skills to take home and use on a regular basis.
Support for Men
As male partners may experience the infertility struggle differently from women, we offer a separate support group for men. It's often challenging for men to know how to support their partners, and in the process their own feelings can be overlooked. This group provides a place for men to share their stories and gain support.
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Infertility can affect patients physically as well as emotionally and psychologically. We believe it is important that all IVF patients meet with a licensed mental health professional at the start of their journey. During your initial session, our therapist will learn about the role infertility plays in your life and address any concerns you may have about treatment. Our mental health professionals have had years of experience working with individuals and couples experiencing infertility. Depending on the nature of the consultation their fees may vary and will be discussed when you make your appointment.
Fertility yoga is a great way to direct attention away from the stress of undergoing treatment. Our group and individual yoga classes focus on relaxing poses, meditation, and visualization to obtain an optimal hormonal balance. Partner yoga classes foster trust and support through the shared experience.
Learn more about yoga for fertility from Dr. Kreiner:
Hypnotherapy can help prospective parents let go of limiting thoughts and emotions about conception, pregnancy and a myriad of other issues that crop up during the process of bringing a baby into the world. Hypnotherapy works by its effect on the hypothalamus, which is the neural center at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus registers stress by turning emotions into physical responses via hormone levels, which has a direct effect on fertility. Hypnotherapy utilizes methods such as guided imagery, a technique that supports a hopeful attitude.
Massage therapy aims to alleviate the "stress-tension-pain" cycle through touch and pressure to interrupt negative impulses to the spinal cord. It reduces excess nerve activity within muscles and tissues and forces out toxic irritants that cause pain. Deep muscle relaxation and increased blood circulation to reproductive organs enhances the body's natural ability to conceive. Hands-on bodywork has shown to reduce anxiety of invasive medical treatments.
Our acupuncture program is offered exclusively to all RMA Long Island IVF patients as an adjunct to our services with the goal of improving success rates and reducing stress. All patients interested in participating in the program are offered a free acupuncture consultation and counseling session with RMA Long Island IVF co-Founder, Dr. David Kreiner, a NYS certified medical acupuncturist.
We will either refer patients to a select group of experienced local fertility acupuncturists or have them remain with one they already like for extended care before, during, and after IVF stimulation. As scheduling permits, Dr. Kreiner or another expert acupuncturist will perform a pre and post-embryo transfer treatment at our facility.