More and more women who are having difficulty in conceiving turn, sometimes out of desperation, to Reflexology.
There are of course many many reasons why a woman may suffer from infertility disorders; here are just a few :
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Polycystic Ovaries
And many many more………………
“Foresight” (The Association for the promotion of pre-conceptual care) advises women to have Reflexology to help blocked Fallopian tubes clear themseves.
Although as a Reflexologist I am unable to make such claims, I can however try to explain why Reflexology can be effective in helping women with such disorders.
During a treatment we apply a special pressure massage to the reflex points of the feet, which correspond to all areas of the body. We are aiming to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms but it is important to look at all aspects of lifestyle. Reflexology, alone will not be as effective.
“ The basis of ill health, in both men and women, stems from all our Main Areas of Concern. Insufficient or poor quality food; voluntary social poisons; genito-urinary infections; malabsorbtion of nutrients due to allergies and/or parasites; specific deficiencies of necessary essential minerals often due to heavy metal contamination; the contraceptive pill with the women; pesticides and food additives; drugs; fluoride etc; electromagnetic pollution (both from underground sources and more recently from mobile phones, WiFi, etc.) and other hazardous chemicals and contaminants can all contribute. In most cases sperm counts and sperm motility rise, and ovulation returns to normal when health problems are resolved.” – www.foresight-preconception.org.uk
Reflexology can be of great help in acting as a catalyst for change, in promoting a healthy mind, spirit and body.
Most of the ladies who come to me for Reflexology have some form of hormonal imbalance or difficulty in conceiving. I usually see women who would like to try a more natural approach before or after embarking on the roller coaster ride that is IVF or Assisted Conception.
The stress link
Stress has many negative effects on our health but it also has one very significant effect on our Hormones and in particular Progesterone – Progesterone is the hormone that comes into play mainly in the second half of a menstrual cycle. In order to maintain a pregnancy there needs to be sufficiently high levels of Progesterone.
Adrenalin competes with progesterone and prevents your body’s ability to utilize it.
Reflexology may help to reduce stress levels, not only is the treatment exceptionally relaxing and soothing but it actually gives the body this vital time to restore and re-cuperate. It is giving the body permission to just let go and relax. It may also help to address the complex emotional and psychological aspects which may be affecting your fertility.
It seems that there is quite a debate going on surrounding Complementary Therapies and IVF and some recent research findings suggested that complementary therapies can hinder chances of conceiving.
This research was carried out at Cardiff University and found that women who combine therapies with IVF treatment are 30% less likely to fall pregnant that those who undergo IVF alone.
However, it was later found that 1/3 of the 818 women who took part in had had significantly more fertility treatment prior to the start of the study and were also more stressed about the IVF process than the other 2/3 of the women involved.
It is possible that the results of the study simply show that the women who were having more trouble conceiving prior to the monitored cycles of IVF started to become more stressed about their fertility and looked to complementary therapies as traditional methods alone did not seem to be working.
While it is unlikely that physical therapies such as reflexology interfere with IVF, previous research has found that high dose of herbal supplements such as st john’s wort, echinacea and ginkgo bilboa may have an adverse effect on fertility so this could help to explain the findings.
Reflexology is safe to have whilst undergoing IVF treatments but it is essential that your Reflexologist has an understanding of the processes involved so that she can complement the treatment and work with its cycles.
What do you think? Are you having difficulty in conceiving or do you have experience of Reflexology for Fertility?
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