Reflexology to enhance your natural fertility (Fertility Reflexology)
This is a specialised area of Reflexology (Reproflexology™) developed over the last 15 years, but which is becoming increasingly popular as more couples experience difficulties in conceiving. It can also be an invaluable tool in helping to gather information regarding your own natural fertility, your menstrual cycle, peak fertile times and alternative ways and means to enhance both couples’ fertility levels. As financial budgets get further squeezed and provisions for couples in the national health system are reduced, many are turning to the option of a more natural and less invasive therapy to “assisted” methods. Cost is also a factor as can be success rates in medically assisted conception.
NB. Please note that there is a preconception questionnaire that can be downloaded. You will need to print it off, complete and bring it with you on your first consultation. if you are not able to do this, then please contact me and I can email one to you.
It can be useful for those who are experiencing difficulties with conceiving (a year of or more, depending on age) or for those who wish to ensure the best possible start to their pregnancy (pre-conceptual care).
Reproreflexology™, or Fertility Reflexology aims to assist couples/individuals who would like help with any of the following:
- Natural conception
- Assisted conception ~ IVF; ICSI; IUI
- Menstrual cycle/hormonal imbalance leading to primary and sub fertility
- Endometriosis; fibroids; PCOS, ovarian cysts
- Sperm quality and quantity
- General health and well being – creating the optimum health for mums and dads to be
Across the world 1 in 7 women will experience problems conceiving and, surprisingly, this figure is the same in the UK as elsewhere in the world.– fertlityexpert.co.uk
Stress can be a major factor in our fertility levels. This is because the hormones that are released from the adrenal glands when we are under stress have a direct affect on the immune system by depleting our stores of vitamins and minerals, but also on our ability to be able to produce oestrogen and progesterone. Coupled with this is an increased level of prolactin, which again affects our ability to secrete estradiol (a form of oestrogen).
In the UK over 85% of healthy women will get pregnant within a year of trying for a baby and this number increases to 92% within two years. However if you are over 35 you are more likely to have fertility problems and it may take up to 3 years before you get pregnant. By the age of 38 only 77% of women get pregnant within 3 years.– fertilityexpert.co.uk
Diet, nutrition, balanced blood sugar levels and lifestyle factors will all likewise impact on hormonal balance and hence fertility. Often, we can make some very basic changes to our lifestyles which can have a profound impact on our fertility – too little/too much exercise; under/overweight; alcohol; smoking; recreational drugs etc
One of the key benefits of Reflexology treatments is the sense of emotional support and stress relief it gives clients – this in itself can have a massive impact on your general health and wellbeing, on our ability to be able to cope and hence our ability to be able to conceive.
This is a relatively new area of specialism in Reflexology and has been developed to look at all aspects of fertility, sub fertility, conception and pre conception care. It includes in its protocol:-
- Assessing and regulating the endocrine system (hormone balance)
- Stress reduction techniques – physical, emotional and mental (including work and home balance)
- Working with symptoms and causes of hormonal imbalance
- Working to enhance the medicated cycle in assisted conception
- Energy work, addressing any past trauma, blockage, imbalance including past miscarriage and termination
- Visualisation, meditation, positive affirmations
- Addresses lifestyle/exercise/diet and nutritional supplementation to support optimum health
- Full support offered in a creative and caring environment
It is recommended that both partners come for the initial consultation.Please call to discuss. You should allow 90 minutes for the initial consultation, where a treatment plan can be discussed and scheduled. You will be asked to complete a consultation form each and include all past tests/assessments that you have already had.
Andrea has trained with Barbara Scott of Seren Natural Fertility in Nottingham. Barbara is acknowledged as one of the leading experts in treating couples during assisted cycles. She has also trained with Sarah Holland and Suzanne Enzer