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 are officially suffering from infertility. If you have already conceived once and carried that baby through to full term, then you’re suffering with secondary infertility.
Karen Botha MAR
Your Association of Reflexologist’s Therapist
Questions & Answers
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 that improve infertility. Fertility reflexology has been 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 balanced. 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 rejuvenated and more-able to take on the world. This is 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 has 100% capacity, 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. this often results in them having IVF, IUI, taking clomid, artificial insemination and so on.
What is reflexology?
First, 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, 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 assists your natural fertility.
Reflexology for infertility works similarly 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 off 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 carriageway will block the route. Until they have cleared it, there is a traffic jam during which 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.
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 will struggle with 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 who struggle with fertility issues go on to be successful. But, because people don’t talk about it much, we feel alone.
Sometimes it can be reversed, or we can minimise your symptoms to allow conception, either naturally or via assisted reproductive intervention.
But there are no promises. 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. By researching fertility reflexology, 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 ICSI, 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 differently throughout your cycle.
Who will do 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 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 browse our blog.
Can reflexology be used to support medical procedures?
Yes, Reflexology supports medical procedures including IVF as it prepares you physically and emotionally by ensuring your body is in the best 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. We do this by re-balancing areas that medical tests may not have detected.
This contributes towards improving your natural fertility.
I’ve already had a child and yet I’m being told we’re now infertile?
They call this secondary infertility and can be common because of our bodys react 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 before.
What does 2nd degree infertility mean?
This is the same as secondary infertility described above.
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