By reflexologist Zoë Oughton
It seems so unfair, doesn’t it, that some women seem to get pregnant at the drop of a hat, while others struggle for years? The reality is though, that as many as one in every three couples struggle to conceive, affecting both men and women equally. It can be truly heart-breaking, and as so many people know, IVF is no easy ride, nor does it come with a guarantee. Whilst infertility is tough, there are things you can do to maximise your chances of conception and also to pave the way for a healthy pregnancy.
Before I tell you as bit more about what a fabulous and supportive treatment Fertility reflexology / Reproflexology is, let me just list the key lifestyle factors that doctors and wellness experts suggest you aim for if you are trying to conceive:
- Achieve a healthy BMI.
- Stop smoking.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Aim to keep blood sugars balanced.
- Try to avoid stress. (Easier said than done, we know!)
- Try to get quality sleep.
- Start taking supplements – the ARR has a list of recommended ones which you will receive at your consultation meeting.
- Cut down on caffeine.
- Avoid alcohol.
It’s best to do everything you possibly can to give yourself the best chance to conceive, and the best start to a pregnancy.
Ok, so now let me tell you about Reflexology and Reproflexology
Reflexology can promote deep relaxation and feelings of wellbeing – reducing stress is crucial to good health. The treatment involves massage to these points and areas, and in Reproflexology, that could be the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, or the pituitary gland. When treating the father-to-be this could include the testes and vas deferens.
Reproflexology by Numbers
The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists undertook a data collection study of 180 clients, who were receiving reproductive reflexology whilst trying to conceive. The results were as follows:
- 100 natural conceptions
- 22 conceptions with IVF/ICSI
- Age range 24-46
- Average number of treatments, 11.32
- 68% conceived while receiving treatments
- Pregnancy with IVF/ICSI 52%
Fertility reflexology is for men as well as women. Both partners should undergo fertility testing before starting reflexology treatment and should attend the initial consultation together.
What happens during reflexology treatment ?
Before your treatment starts, we’ll talk about your medical and gynaecological history and any previous pregnancy experiences. I’ll ask about your lifestyle, diet, sleep patterns, energy and fitness levels. When you’re happy that fertility reflexology is right for you, we’ll plan your course of reflexology treatments. Reproflexology Clinics are available at The House, Kingsbridge and my treatment room is quiet, calming and there is plenty of free parking:
Full details can be found here: https://relaxingreflexology.com/contact
More about Zoe:
I am an Advanced reproflexology practitioner in Seren Natural Fertility, trained by the renowned reflexology fertility and holistic fertility expert Barbara Scott. Seren specialises in the treatment of infertility, particularly for couples undergoing assisted fertility treatments such as IUI and IVF/ICSI*. When you choose to work with me, you get so much more than your Reproflexology sessions, including:
- Daily support and advice via WhatsApp.
- Checking hormone levels and ovulation progress through temperature charting
- Hand reflexology exercises as homework between sessions
Whatever your reasons for trying reproflexology, I’m with you every step of the way. Pun intended.
You can get in touch with Zoe by email, https://reproductivereflexologists.org/find-a-reflexologist/