Reflexology for fertility
Conception is a complex process.
Reflexology is a calming therapy that aims to reduce stress and provide hormonal imbalance.
A session is relaxing and calming – it’s an escape from the day-to-day worries.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body – including hormones.
It is generally suitable for those who suffer from PCOS, endometriosis, low sperm count or low sperm motility.
The aim of reflexology is to create homeostasis, which means that the organs of the body are all working together and at their best.
How does it work?
Reflexology, involves manipulation of pressure points in the feet which reflect the organs and systems of the body and, importantly for infertility, the fallopian tubes and ovaries associated with egg production.
By massaging these points in a reflexology treatment, the body can unblock energy pathways and regain its natural balance, heal itself and support the healing of issues affecting conception.
Reflexology is a safe and noninvasive therapy that can benefit both men and women with infertility issues however it is most commonly used by women.
A typical reflexology session would consist of a consultation followed by a treatment to specific parts of the feet and ankles using my hands. Each reflexology treatment is different and each patient will respond differently.
Afterwards a feeling of relaxation and balance is usually felt. There is a general feeling of calm and grounded energy after a treatment. A re-adjustment process may occur after a treatment.
Will it make a difference?
There are no guarantees as we all react differently. However, reducing stress provides evidence to suggest this can contribute to increasing your chance of conception.
As a therapy it helps ease stress and tension, and helps with any anxiety or fear associated with fertility issues.
More importantly, reflexology provides a space away from the fast track of modern day life and a chance to offload emotionally, physically and mentally. It provides an environment of calmness which, holistically, allows patients to be their best selves.
It takes a little time to prepare your body for pregnancy, ideally 3 to 4 months before conception. This gives your body time to balance hormones and to make nutritional / lifestyle changes so that it is in the best condition to achieve a healthy pregnancy.