Reflexology for infertility.
Can reflexology help with fertility?
What is infertility (or sub fertility) and can reflexology help with fertility?
If you have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months or more whether naturally (unassisted) or through a process such as IVF, IUI etc and you've still not enjoyed a successful full term pregnancy, then you will more than likely be classed as suffering from infertility. If you have already conceived once and carried that baby through to full term, then you'll be classed as suffering with secondary infertility.
What is fertility reflexology?
People have been using reflexology as a natural fertility treatment for as long as 3,000 years. It's a proven traditional holistic therapy that has successful historic links in dealing with infertility. Fertility reflexology has been shown to be helpful in boosting fertility in ladies dealing with endometriosis and PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome) amongst other barriers to natural fertility. Reflexology and fertility work well together because getting pregnant needs your body to be as balanced as it can be. Reflexology helps this process.
Advantages of fertility reflexology
Fertility reflexology does not involve the high cost of IVF nor is it an exhausting procedure of medical egg collection. It is often the first step couples take on their path to boost their natural fertility journey.
One of the significant advantages of reflexology for infertility is that not only does it boost natural fertility in males and females but it also reduces stress levels. Just an hour long treatment on your feet reduces blood pressure, settles the nervous system, cools the body and promotes relaxing sleep. All of this aids conception and ultimately a successful pregnancy.
Clients come out of a fertility reflexology session feeling totally rejuvenated and more-able to take on the world. This can be critical when improving your natural fertility and your chances of conception as your body doesn’t feel the need to use energy fighting the world, and so can then refocus this strength on enhancing your natural fertility.
About natural fertility and stress
One major contributing factor that affects your successful journey to a successful pregnancy is stress. This can be physical or emotional tension because during either your body exerts energy dealing with its effects.
This means that because your energy reserve is limited to 100% the more it uses on unnecessary issues such as stress, it ‘forgets’ about less critical aspects of life, including natural fertility. Stress therefore has a massive negative effect on your ease of conceiving resulting in so many ladies finding themselves unable to conceive resulting in them struggling to become pregnant. Ultimately this often results in them having IVF, IUI, taking clomid, artificial insemination and so on.
What is reflexology?
Firstly, there is no magic wand, but when you're answering the questions, 'Can reflexology help with fertility?' there are a few important points. Fertility reflexology works to balance your system, particularly your hormones. This makes it as easy as possible for your body to behave as it should without the external pressures of modern life which in turn assists your natural fertility.
Reflexology for infertility works in a similar way to acupuncture except that reflexology uses gentle massaging techniques on pressure points on your feet (acupressure), whilst acupuncture uses needles throughout your body. Both work by clearing the channels that your body uses to connect points from A to C, making sure they go via route B, not drifting of to N then back to C (if that makes sense).
Imagine your body as a network of roads
If your body uses a road network system so that messages arrive from one one area to a different one, a landslide on a neighbouring hill that falls onto one of the carriageways will block the route. Until it has been cleared, there is a traffic jam during which time cars and their passengers (hormonal messages) are stationary and don't move forward.
We remove that landslide so your hormonal messages stay on the move without needing to stagnate or take lengthy and time consuming diversions. This is how we work on improving your natural fertility, giving you, as a couple, more chance of becoming pregnant.
Conditions that may respond well to reflexology for infertility
*PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)
*Menstrual cycle problems e.g. irregular and heavy periods, interrupted or non-existent cycles
*Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
*Previous ectopic pregnancy
*Cervical problems e.g. over production of mucus and blocking
*Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
*Adhesions (scar tissue) from surgery
*Pelvic inflammatory disease inc infection of any part of the female reproductive tract
Barriers to natural fertility
Stress. Even if we think we strive on stress, our body still needs to process its effects. Don't underestimate how much stress affects your ability, as a couple, to conceive. Stress drains us. We've all had a busy day at work after which we need to down a glass or two of wine to relax.
The energy that our body uses to cope with stress can not be reused. it can’t be used elsewhere, in turn affecting our health because our body, trying to do the right thing, assumes we don't have enough resource to function during pregnancy.
Plus, wine (for example) is a toxin we're adding into the mix which needs even more resources to process.
This will be your journey. And it will be tailored to your needs. No judgements.
At Essential Feeling, Karen, your reflexologist, understands this. She will guide you through the process either alone or as couples fertility treatments. It’s not about giving everything up - it’s about working towards achieving a balance that is right for you. She's been there, had a crazy life and career herself, so knows that some of the more easy to recommend solutions, such as eating healthy meals from scratch, often increase the amount of anxiety you have to process because you're already at your limit without piling on more time intensive suggestions to your day. She'll find ways that fit within your life.
Can reflexology for infertility help men with this problem?
Yes and that's important because research shows male infertility affects around 25% of sub fertility couples. We have a whole section on male infertility issues and solutions.
What are the main causes of infertility?
These causes of infertility are numerous, but here is a list of the most common fertility problems that we see at Essential Feeling:
*PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
*Hormone imbalance that affects ovulation
*STI’s and other infections/ growths
*Unhealthy body weight
Why am I having a hard time getting pregnant?
This isn’t something that we can answer. Reflexology won’t diagnose. We can work with what your doctor/ clinic tells you, even if they say it is unexplained (no official reason) but we will never claim to diagnose.
What can affect fertility?
The list above are the main causes for infertility that we see at Essential Feeling so it could be said that these are the issues that affect fertility.
However, in addition to answering 'Can reflexology help with fertility?' it's also important to note that our lifestyle choices should never be underestimated in how they affect our fertility.
You wouldn't expect a car to run well if it were never put through a service, or if it was given diesel instead of petrol fuel. Our bodies run in a similar way.
For instance, sleep is massive when you're trying to create a baby. Because this is when our body fixes itself, so if you’re not getting a minimum of 6 hours unbroken sleep a night, then you’re not allowing your body enough time to do its MOT.
Likewise if you don’t spend enough time moving around, or sleeping too much, then you don’t have enough movement to activate your lymphatic system which is a key component of our ability to detoxify.
Life is a balance and we'll help you find yours.
What are the signs of infertility in females?
Other than the causes listed above there are some symptoms to look out for which could give you a heads up that you’re going to struggle when it comes to conceiving naturally.
*heavy, long or painful periods
*dark or light menstrual blood. It should be bright red.
*hormonal changes, e.g. weight change, acne, facial hair
*underlying medical conditions
Can infertility be cured?
Approx 15% of couples struggle with issues are successful conception but because people don't talk about it much, we feel alone. Sometimes it can be reversed, or your symptoms can be minimised sufficiently to allow conception, either naturally or via assisted reproductive intervention, but there are no promises as everyone’s body, circumstances and lifestyle are different. You're on the right track just by being here, because by looking up reflexology for infertility to help with fertility you're doing something positive to take back control.
I'm having IVF, can reflexology help improve its success?
If your fertility issues mean you're having assisted conception, such as IVF, IUI or IXY etc, then having reflexology treatment alongside this will help your body balance and in our experience, reflexology from a specialised reflexologist, such as Karen, will boost your chances of conception. Some clients come as couples, others prefer to come alone. Either is fine. It's important to note that Karen, your reflexologist will support you in different ways throughout your cycle.
Is there a best time to come for fertility reflexology?
Karen, your reflexologist will adapt your treatment according to where you are in your cycle and your personal fertility barriers. So, there isn't a good or a bad time to come for a treatment. Before ovulation, she'll be working to stimulate this, post ovulation she'll be looking to increase your chances of successful implantation with a more soothing treatment.
How long does it take to see the results?
Each couple or individual are on a unique fertility journey. This means the amount of time it takes for results to manifest also differ accordingly. Most people respond positively to fertility reflexology within 3 to 6 weekly sessions. This is the point that Karen, your fertility reflexologist is then able to move beyond general lifestyle imbalances and address more severe imbalances.
Reflexology appointments to improve your success of conception are a minimum of an hour to ensure that you get a full treatment with the necessary level of reinforcement for you to be able to see the best holistic results. If you'd like a couple reflexology session then we'll work with you one after the other so there's no real need for you to come together although it can be helpful for the initial consultation.
Who will be doing my sessions?
Karen is our specialist in fertility reflexology. She is a trained counsellor so will listen to all of your thoughts in ultimate confidentiality and without judgement. Karen is also a trained nutritionist so during your session we can also talk about what is best for you to eat to improve your overall natural fertility, but also at specific times within your cycle. Reviews about her are on our reviews page.
How long have you been offering fertility reflexology at Essential Feeling in Essex?
Karen has been predominantly treating fertility clients since 2012. Not only does she have the fertility reflexology qualifications, but she also has a wealth of experience from working full time as a specialist in this field. Where you'll find many therapists only working around another job, Karen specialises in working with women struggling with conception issues.
To read more about fertility issues and how reflexology can help, feel free to browse our blog.
Can reflexology be used to support medical procedures ?
Yes, Reflexology supports medical procedures positively including IVF as it prepares you physically and emotionally by ensuring your body is in the best possible condition to optimise the chance of a successful pregnancy.
As a couple we've been told we have 'unexplained infertility' can Reflexology for infertility help this?
If medical tests have shown no reason for you being unable to conceive successfully as a couple then this is unexplained infertility. Fertility reflexology can assist this by ensuring that both you and your partners are in optimum condition by re-balancing areas that may not have been picked up through medical tests. This re-balancing contributes towards improving your natural fertility.
I’ve already had a child and yet I’m being told we’re now infertile?
This is called secondary infertility and can be quite common due to our body’s reacting to changing external stimuli. Fertility reflexology may therefore be very effective for secondary infertility as it re-balances the body and realigns those things which were once in place, helping to restore you to the position you were in when you conceived naturally before.
What does 2nd degree infertility mean?
This is the same as secondary infertility described above.
How much are the sessions?
A fertility reflexology session is an hour, although you can have longer. We charge £60 per hour. If you'd like to add on an extra half hour to your session then you can also have a fertility massage or add another hour on and have fertility yoga. The choice is yours.
If you'd like to speak with us before booking, then please drop us a text on 07757 946023 and we'll come back to you as soon as we're free. Please don't forget to give us a full idea of why we are calling you so that we can ensure we have enough time available.