Fertility and Reflexology
Reflexology may be of great benefit to people suffering from fertility problems. Feedback from reflexologists has proved positive over the years and I have been fortunate in having treated many couples who have finally realised their dreams of becoming parents.
“Infertility can be an emotionally exhausting, not to mention expensive, condition. But according to a growing number of people, the key to overcoming the problem for many couples could be far simpler than they think – thanks to reflexology, says the Daily Mail”
As an experienced reflexologist and Practitioner Member of The Association of Reflexologists, I have a special interest in
fertility problems and have had some very rewarding success stories from my own clients. For those who are not already familiar with this therapy, Reflexology works on the principle that reflex points found on the feet (and hands) directly reflect certain organs and systems in the body. By stimulating specific reflex points on the feet it is thought possible to stimulate the corresponding parts on the body itself.
The roots of Reflexology are discovered in many ancient cultures – from Traditional Chinese Medicine to the Ancient Egyptians, but its revival in the West dates back to an American physician, Dr William Fitzgerald (1872 – 1942). Dr Fitzgerald discovered that pressure on certain points on feet and hands produced localised anaesthesia to corresponding body parts in what he called certain ‘zones’ of the body.
A full reflexology session will aim to balance the whole of the body’s organs and systems – in particular the endocrine system for hormonal balance. By treating the whole person: mind, body and spirit it can be a tremendously relaxing experience, which in itself will help to drive away the adverse effects of stress.
There are no clear-cut contraindications regarding treatment, and reflexology is not known to have any detrimental or negative effect on anyone who is undergoing a course of infertility treatment with drugs such as clomiphene (used to control the hormone cycle and stimulate ovulation).
A good reflexologist will, of course, take the normal check on medical history and discuss any issues raised with the client before starting the treatment.
During assisted conception large amounts of hormones are administered to the woman and Reflexology will have no influence over them at this high level. However at this time in her life the would-be-mother is under enormous emotional stress and Reflexology can play a very useful part in relieving tension, helping relaxation. and increasing a sese of wellbeing Instead of focusing on ‘Hormonal Balance’ I find that targetting stress-relief and relaxation is more helpful in supporting the mother at this anxious time. Especially helpful when we realise how ‘powerful a player’ stress can be in sub fertility. At this stage some women ‘wrap themselves in cotton wool’, while others may feel confident enough to continue with their reflexology treatments and accept the outcome in the knowledge that success rates of IVF vary from different clinics (to be found on the HFEA website).
Testimonial from pre and post IVF client:
I have found the reflexology sessions to be very beneficial to me during my infertility problems. I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility, and have had IVF to produce my son.
I feel that the reflexology I had, has had a direct effect on me becoming pregnant, both in a physical and psychological way. I would highly recommend it!
I have a special interest in fertility but make no claims of success – obviously the success of conceiving will depend on the individual condition. But I am happy to say that over recent years many people coming to me with problems of this kind have been successful in having their dreams of motherhood fulfilled. My picture board in the treatment room is fast filling up with bonny babies.