Reflexology for Fertility
My work as a reflexologist has meant that I have treated many patients with fertility issues over the years. I have seen how powerful the use of reflexology can be in aiding conception.
Many of my patients have tried without success, for months if not years to have a baby, this in itself can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, which in turn further impacts conception. I believe that reflexology plays an important role in re-balancing both the body and the mind to make way for the best chances of success.
There is now some evidence to suggest that elevated stress levels may affect fertility. Cortisol (a stress hormone) can cause the release of an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone. Both of these are crucial to the release of an egg from the ovary and the implantation of the fertilised egg into the lining of the womb.
Can you have reflexology while having medical treatment?
There is no evidence to suggest that reflexology treatments are detrimental when also receiving medical assistance for conception. If reflexology helps to regulate stress levels during this time then the whole process will feel easier.
Since becoming a qualified reflexologist, I have undertaken additional training for Maternity Reflexology and have had the pleasure of working with many women during their pregnancies and sometimes even labour. There are points on the feet that should be avoided during pregnancy, it is therefore important that you ensure that your reflexologist is properly qualified and insured for this specialised area of reflexology.
Reflexology during pregnancy can help prepare you physically and emotionally for the birth of your baby. It may ease particular pregnancy related complaints such as morning sickness, backache, fatigue, fluid retention and difficulty sleeping, as well as to promote general well being.
Reflexology may also be used to encourage labour to begin, however this is only likely to happen if both mother and baby are ready. It is always recommended that those clients who wish to use reflexology for this purpose begin their reflexology sessions at least six weeks prior to their predicted term date i.e. by 34 weeks pregnant. Unfortunately, I cannot give any guarantees that it will be successful, I have had both successful and unsuccessful clients in this respect, however I do maintain that the treatment will be enjoyable and relaxing regardless of the outcome!
There are two recent studies that have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour *, reduced the length of first stage labour*, and improved the quality of sleep in post-natal women**.
This is the period during which your body sees huge changes in hormone levels, coupled with excitement and maybe some anxieties, you may be feeling weepy and exhusted, reflexology at this point may help de-stress, aid relaxation and offer support.
Second and Third Trimester
As your baby grows during this phase of pregnancy you may experience other physical symptoms and anxiety levels may also rise as the birth becomes imminent. Reflexology can be used to address various physical symptoms, promote better sleep, and offer comfort and support.
Post maternity reflexology may help ease anxiety and give you a well earned hour in which to relax. It may also ease pain and discomfort and aid recovery after surgery.
Baby reflexology is a special kind of reflexology desiged specifically for babies and infants. It is a fantastic way of strengthening the bond between parent and child, and can easily be built into your baby's daily routine. I teach parents to gently work specific points on their own baby's feet to help baby to be calmer and more relaxed, thus aiding better sleep. There are also certain areas of the feet that can be worked to help improve the pain and discomfort associated with teething, tummy ache and colic.
Baby reflexology can be taught is a small group, (maximum 5 babies), so a great excuse to get your mummy friends together. The charge for this service is £6 per baby. Special individual tuition can be discussed if a group session is not possible.