REFLEXOLOGY for FERTILITY
Stress is a complex condition that can affect almost all parts of the body. There is also some evidence to suggest that it may affect fertility as stress is detrimental to the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy. Reflexology may help couples to achieve reduction in stress. Reflexology might also help women whose inability to conceive is linked to endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
During the first appointment detailed consultation is completed taking into consideration you emotional and physical wellbeing, any medical diagnosis, life events and stress levels. It is important to know when you had last period and how long your cycle is. You will also receive your first treatment.
I have also created a Facebook group devoted to information that are useful on your conception journey you can join the group here.
How often do I need to have the treatment ?
Once you embark on the natural journey to boost your conception chances it is important you find time to help your body to have the best chance to conceive. I recommend minimum of 6 treatments to see results in your cycle and boost your chance to conceive naturally. Ideally I would like to treat weekly or fortnightly for first 4 treatments. After 6/8 weeks the progress will be evaluated and if needed we will continue working together at timeframe that suits your needs.
Should your work and family commitments don't allow for weekly or fortnightly treatments please contact me to discuss your availability and best times for treatment to take place. I am happy to answer all your questions about the course of treatment via phone, e-mail or in person.
Each treatment will take approximately an hour except the fist session when full consultation is completed to inform the treatment plan. Please allow up to 120 minutes for your first visit. Reflexology can be used in partnership with Abdominal Sacral massage.
Please note that they are many annectodal evidence that reflexology & fertility massage increases your chances to conceive. However we are all individuals and I can not guarantee the result. The aim is to achieve best possible chance for your body to conceive which includes stress reduction, opportuniy to talk and reflect. You will be encouraged to listen to your body and understand natural signs of ovulation, follow healthy eating principles, do excercise to suit your ability and continue with any medical treatment your doctor has prescribed.
Read my article about Fertility Reflexology Here.
ABDOMINAL SACRAL MASSAGE
AS massage concentrate on area of abdomen and lumbar and sacral spine. Abdominal cavity and pevic area house small and large intestines, reproductive organs and are supplied by nerves from the lumbar and sacral spine. The essence of this massage is to enervate and nourish all tissue within the abdomen, pelvis and sacrum. The Masage is performed slowly, gently and with respect.
AS massage strengthens muscles and ligaments and relieves tension. It also realigns organs that may have shifted position due to falls, tensions, blockages or operations. The massage gently encourages them back into place and relieves pressure on them. The deep colon part of the massage also helps to loosen hardened debris and encourages a natural movement. As most serotonin (or “the happiness hormone”) is produced in the gut, relieving any problems or blockages here often leaves you with a feeling of wellbeing. On the other hand persistent constipation may cause you feel down and depressed.
AS massage also improves the blood, nerve and lymph supply helping your body to heal itself. This allows the healing to continue after the massage and also reduces any scar tissue.
- Stomach cramps
Reproductive System Problems:
- painful or irregular menstrual cycle and ovulation
- bladder and yeast infections
- support after miscarriage and recurrent miscarriages
- pre-menstrual syndromes and tension
- peri-menopause or menopausal symptoms
- difficulties to conceive
- tilted uterus
- PCOS and polycystic ovaries
- sexual trauma
- pregnancy loss
- held emotions
- childhood traumas
It is important to massage digestive organs as all muscles including the pelvic floor muscles, organs and connective tissue share the same neural inputs. Often if their is a problem with digestion, the pain can be manifested in your back, your abdominal wall or anywhere in pevic region and vice versa.
There are ligaments that connect the sacrum to the uterus and it’s misalignment can misalign uterus. Often women are told they have retroverted uterus which might cause some discomfort. If one organ is misalign, it may impinge on the blood circulation int he area, therefore reduction in blood flow, nutrients an oxygen to abdominal cavity. When areas of torso are massaged it enhances optimal health and wellbeing.
When we are looking into fertility issues we need to look into whole person. When person is unwell or in stress, reproductive organs may shut so body can focus on healing when necessary, also in times of stress procreation is not body’s priority. When coming for a treatment I look at you holistically - physically, emotionallly and spiritually to ensure body can function at optimal level and reproductive organs are functioning properly.
AS massage can be given from end of your period up until 3 days before your next one. If you are trying to concieve the window is much smaller - between the end of your period up until the ovulation. It is therefore important that you pre-book your treatment to make sure you receive it at the right time. I recommned you also have reflexology treatment when you are trying to conceive. Discounted treatment packages are available.
When coming for the treatment you will be asked to complete a consultation form. First treatment and consultation will take 70 up to 120 minutes depending on your primary concern. It is important you wear comfortable loose clothing. Any subsequent session is 60 minutes long.
AS massage is suitable for women and men (at present this treatment is offered to women and children only). Gentler and shorter treatment is given to children (30 minutes) and babies (15 minutes). I will show yo how to complete your own massage or your child’s massage.
- first trimester of pregnancy
- 3 days and during the period
- after ovulation if trying to conceive and there is possibility you might be pregnant
- some areas will be avoided if you have a coil fitted
- gastric band: no upper abdominal work will be done
- pregnancy - you can enjoy abdominal massage but sacral massage will be omitted
- acute infection and flare ups of digestive illnesses such as Crohn’s
- post operations
- unstable high blood pressure
- vomiting and diarrhoea
REFLEXOLOGY for PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
Once the baby arrives reflexology may help to balance your hormones, give you the most deserved time to relax and distress, help you to recover faster and be a happy mama.
Thorough discussion will take place before first treatment and contraindications will be checked before each subsequent treatment. Copy of the notes are available for your midwife if requested. Treatments are in sitting or reclining position so you feel comfortable. Please contact me for more information.
Pregnancy massage as masssage itself is very relaxing and soothing. Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, many changes take place in the mum-to-be body as the baby grows. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage may help to alleviate. In addition research also shows that the baby can greatly benefit from massage as endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released by the mother during massage that are passed onto the baby.
I t can help with/to:
• Muscle tension
• Muscle spasm & cramping
• Sciatic Pain
• Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes
• Quality of Sleep
• Reduce headaches
• Relieve heartburn
• Balance mood-swings and fight depression
Pregnancy massage is perform while you are seated or lying on your side once you are 16 weeks plus. Please contact me before booking to check contraindications.
You can also combine pregnancy massage and reflexology depending on your preference and the ailment you want to relieve. It is also very relaxing and nurturing to receive massage postnatally.
April T., Virginia Water