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Deciding to start a family can be a very exciting and emotional time. Sometimes couples feel that if things don’t “happen” straight away that they have a fertility problem. However, it is normal for a healthy couple to take up to 18 months to conceive. I am fully aware of the emotional roller-coaster involved from the excitement to the disappointment every time you take a pregnancy test, and that this feeling gets worse as the months go on when you want something so much.
It is estimated that one in six couples have problems trying to conceive. Issues affect both women and men equally, although in approximately 10% of cases there is no known cause. To find out that you, your partner or both of you have fertility issues can be devastating news, although with advances in medicine there is normally specialist treatment available to support you.
Can reflexology help where there are problems conceiving?
Reflexology is not a “cure” for infertility. There is no guarantee that having reflexology for supporting fertility will result in you becoming pregnant. While the links below show that reflexology can help with fertility issues, what works for one individual might not work for another.
I have studied subfertility reflexology as part of my Level 5 qualification, and I am familiar with some of the more common causes of subfertility in both men and women and the treatments available, including IVF. As with my other treatments, I will tailor-make a treatment plan for both you (and your partner if they join you). Reflexology can work best if both partners participate.
Media articles regarding fertility and reflexology
Some individuals believe that regular sessions of clinical reflexology throughout pregnancy has had a positive impact on the preparation of their body for the birth, and there is research suggesting that the labour process can be shortened. Research has also suggested that reflexology can reduce the various discomforts and conditions commonly experienced during pregnancy, e.g. morning sickness and backache.
Maternity reflexology is not suitable for women with certain medical conditions including some that are related to pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia. For an informal, confidential chat about maternity reflexology please contact me.
Please follow the advice of your midwife or obstetric consultant and discuss having reflexology with them before commencing any treatments.
With both my children I gave birth at 42 weeks, and certainly with my second child I was rather fed up by week 40, so I do understand what it is like to be overdue. There is no guarantee that reflexology will bring on labour, but it can help.
I offer a relaxing reflexology treatment that can encourage labour using specific techniques. It is better to have had reflexology throughout your pregnancy but sometimes one or two treatments post due date can help encourage things to start happening (it took one treatment with my sister!).
There are a few prerequisites to qualifying for this treatment -
- You need to be over 40 weeks pregnant.
- You must have discussed having reflexology to encourage labour with your midwife or obstetrics consultant before attending a session. This is to protect both you and your baby, as some medical conditions can mean it is unsuitable for you to encourage labour. I am happy to discuss the treatment with your midwife and can be contacted on 07729 794148 or by email.
- Some pre-existing medical conditions may prevent you having this treatment or if you are expecting more than one baby.
I continue to keep abreast of new reflexology based techniques in order to help and support my clients more. I have attended an Adaptive Reflextherapy (AdRx) course taught by Gunnel Berry, the physiotherapist who has pioneered this technique. This is a specialist technique applied to help ease spinal pain and whiplash. AdRx can be applied to help clients who present with such conditions.
For more information about how AdRx can help with different conditions from muscular-skeletal and whiplash please take a look at various case studies by clicking the link below. I can include AdRx techniques into a standard reflexology treatment and will discuss this at your initial consultation. If you have any questions about AdRx please contact me by phone or use the e-mail facility below.
AdRx Case Studies
REFLEXOLOGY LYMPH DRAINAGE (RLD)
I have had the privilege of studying this amazing technique, the reflexologist Sally Kay, that researched and developed this technique. The focus of the technique is to stimulate the lymphatic reflexes on the feet or hands with the aim to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Approximately 20% of breast cancer patients develops secondary lymphoedema of the arm following breast cancer treatment. RLD has been developed to help with secondary lymphoedema.
For more information about this technique please visit Sally Kay’s website by clicking here. This website includes information about Sally’s recent and ongoing research.
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