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Fertility and Maternity Reflexology

Fertility / Preconception

As many as 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving and have to seek medical assistance. This can be both stressful and expensive. Reflexology can work in a number of ways to assist natural conception.

Stress has been shown to have a major impact to the balance of hormones in the body of both men and women. Hormonal imbalance has been shown to adversely affect fertility. Reflexology has been shown to be an effective treatment to reduce stress and so help restore hormonal balance in the body. Although reflexology cannot claim to be a cure for infertility, many couples have found it an effective treatment on their journey to having a baby.

Reflexology can support men & women with their fertility planning, whether the aim is to improve general health, introduce relaxation time to reduce stress levels or to address specific medical health issues.

I have undertaken specialist fertility and maternity reflexology training and use this in combination with Chinese Acupressure points in order to support you in your conception journey. During the treatments I work on the endocrine (hormonal) system and can support couples with particular health issues that can affect fertility, such as:

  • Stress – which can have an adverse effect on hormonal balance and fertility
  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm mobility or morphology
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • and can also improve any other underlying conditions which may affect fertility in both men and women

Reflexology can also be used to support individuals or couples who are undergoing assisted conception including Clomid, IUI, IVF or ICSI.

Here’s some further information about how Reflexology can help fertility:

Reflexology aids fertility

Is reflexology the new cure for infertility

Fertility Conditions-Stress and Fertility

Stress and Hormones

Reflexology to improve sperm quality

fertility couple holding pregnancy test

Maternity Reflexology

I am professionally trained to provide maternity reflexology in all three trimesters of pregnancy.

Pregnancy is such a special time for both mother and baby.

Maternity reflexology can be used throughout your pregnancy and can help you relax deeply and connect with your baby.

Throughout pregnancy many changes take place in your body, hormonally, emotionally and physically. Reflexology works to keep your body in balance and is great at reducing stress and aiding relaxation.

Reflexology may help with the following pregnancy related conditions:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Back ache
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Oedema (Fluid retention)
  • Heartburn and acid-reflux
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Pelvic girdle pain

Maternity reflexology can also be used in:

  • preparation for birth, to prepare the body and to help with anxiety and fear of child birth
  • during the first stage of labour and
  • straight after your delivery to help with low mood, tiredness, to restore balance and enhance physical and emotional well-being after the birth of your baby.

Reflexology is safe throughout pregnancy. However, there are certain conditions which are contraindications to treatment which include: pre-term labour, history of miscarriage, placenta praevia (low-lying placenta), hydroamnios (excess amniotic fluid around the baby after 32 weeks gestation), women with a risk of pre-eclampsia or women with a risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Please feel free to contact myself or your midwife directly if you are not sure if reflexology is suitable for you.

Further research:

Significantly reduced pain during labour and reduced the length of the first stage of labour

Improved quality of sleep in post-natal women

Significantly reduced the second stage of labour by 44.3 minutes

Reduced pain and stress levels for women with low back pain or pelvic girdle pain

Reduce anxiety in labour

Maternity Reflexology

Postnatal Reflexology

After the triumph of birth, you can be left feeling exhausted, tired, overwhelmed, sore and emotional. Reflexology is a wonderful treatment for post –natal recovery regardless of whether you had a natural/straight forward birth or a traumatic one.

Reflexology after the birth can be very beneficial in re-balancing hormone levels and to help heal the body. It can help regain equilibrium to your body which has been through huge physical and emotional change for nine months. Some symptoms reflexology can help with at this time are:

  • Balancing hormones
  • Aches & pains
  • Stress
  • Emotional support, including easing anxiety and postnatal depression
  • Easing breast feeding discomforts and encouraging lactation
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy
  • Helping with digestive problems and constipation
  • Assisting recovery following an epidural/caesarian section
  • Perineal pain (to encourage tissue repair and blood flow)
  • Support as your menstrual cycle returns to normal

For new mums to be I offer a special Birth Preparation Package – pay for 4 treatments in advance and get 1 free – 4 to be taken before the birth to relax and prepare you for the big event and the final treatment to be taken after the birth.

Further research:

Improved quality of sleep in post-natal women

Effects of Foot-Reflexology Massage on Fatigue, Stress and Postpartum Depression in Postpartum Women

Happy mother with newborn baby
Maternity Reflexology Trained by Sally Earlam