Having trained in this specialised area I am able to support you with treatments for infertility and subfertility. An increasing number of couples are finding it difficult to conceive with as many as one in three experiencing fertility problems. Whilst reflexology cannot guarantee a pregnancy, it has been shown to be a gentle yet effective complementary therapy for enhancing fertility. The statistics are encouraging and The Association of Reflexologists report on their website that “… on average about 50% of clients seeking help through reflexology for infertility, find themselves pregnant within 6 months of commencing treatment.” (www.aor.org.uk). It works by reducing stress and bringing the body into a state of balance, creating the optimum environment for conception.
Reflexology can also be helpful working alongside IVF treatment. A course of treatments commencing before and continuing through the IVF process can be very effective in relieving the associated stress.
Research studies have demonstrated that reflexology is an effective treatment for optimising the health potential of pregnant women and help promote general well-being. Maternity reflexology may be used safely from the start of the second trimester. It can help with the physical changes in each trimester as well as assisting with the emotional adjustments of being pregnant. It may help ease pregnancy symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, headaches, sickness, tiredness, mood changes and disturbed sleep. Those receiving regular treatments have reported reduced labour pain with less intervention.
Since reflexology aims to restore equilibrium, it is frequently used to support recovery from birth. In particular it has been found to be helpful in stimulating lactation, which may be delayed following a difficult birth, and balancing post pregnancy hormones.