Reflexology is often thought as a practice for boosting energy or inducing relaxation.
What many people don’t realise, however, is that reflexology can also work on deeper levels to reduce fertility issues and that it can be very effective in supporting conception for both female and male clients.
Infertility, sub-fertility and delayed conception are increasingly common issues experienced by approximately 1 in 6 couples in the UK.
The causal factors of fertility issues are complex and varied, but one thing that is for certain is that they involve the male as well as the female. Causal factors are attributable a third male, a third female and a third joint. Male fertility is still marginalised by many medical practitioners, which means that many couples are told that IVF is the only answer to their fertility issues, when some further testing may show that natural conception is still an option.
At Nurture4Life our aim is to help couples achieve conception naturally and so we encourage couples to try reproductive reflexology before embarking on complex cycles of IVF and other forms of assisted conception. However, if this is not possible due to the complexity of their reproductive health issues and they do have to use more conventional forms of treatment, we use reflexology to support them throughout their journey.
Nicky trained with Barbara Scott, considered to be one of Europe’s leading holistic fertility experts and the founder of Reproductive Reflexology. The techniques used for reproductive reflexology have been developed over many years and have proved to be effective and beneficial in improving outcomes, alleviating symptoms, and helping couples to improve their fertility.
It is always difficult for any form of complementary medicine to be given merit for its achievements and reflexology is no exception. However, we are seeing more and more couples coming forward for treatment as they prefer to try more natural routes to help them conceive. We are also seeing more conventional medical practitioners beginning to take an interest in this valuable form of holistic treatment.
A Client’s Story
Here Mrs C, one of our wonderful clients, has been kind enough to share her experience of how reflexology has made a significant impact throughout her journey…
“I had been trying to conceive for a number of years unsuccessfully and had suffered multiple miscarriages. I also had a bad back and was feeling very stressed. I was recommended to try reflexology as a way of de-stressing.
I met Nicky at an evening event and discovered that she helped with reproductive issues so I immediately booked an appointment with her.
I continued to have reflexology with Nicky for a number of years. I felt relaxed from my first appointment and always slept really well after my treatments. I still don’t understand how it works – I just know it does!
I then suffered another miscarriage, which reflexology helped me to deal with. Nicky also gave me practical advice regarding further medical tests and what to request. She gave me the confidence to ask for these tests while reassuring me that it was still possible to get pregnant. It was also nice to have someone to talk to who was happy to talk about pregnancy issues.
I then got pregnant. I had various pregnancy complications, which reflexology helped me cope with. Most of all it relaxed me and made me believe I could have a healthy baby.
All the way through my pregnancy the medical professionals worried me with statistics on my age and the risk of complications, but I continued having reflexology and managed to keep calm. This all resulted in me giving birth to a gorgeous baby boy who was very healthy.
I had a caesarean and suffered from some pelvic/back pain, which was also one of the issues I suffered with while pregnant. I was also tired, like most mothers of a newborn! I had another reflexology treatment when my little boy was about 8 weeks old which eased my back pain and helped me to relax again.
As a result of my difficulty conceiving and a complicated pregnancy, I felt very anxious that something would go wrong with my baby. I tried to explain this to my health visitor who sent me to the doctor and they diagnosed post-natal depression. I knew I didn’t have this and I found it a bit offensive that they thought I did! I was almost the opposite and was too happy and thought that something would go wrong.
It was my husband who told me to go and have some more reflexology as he knew that it always calmed me. He also said that I was a much nicer person afterwards! I am so glad I did as Nicky’s treatment made me less anxious. She also suggested getting a baby monitor to reassure me at night and recommended hypnotherapy.
On Nicky’s recommendation, I had a hypnotherapy session which helped enormously with my anxiety. As a result of my reflexology and hypnotherapy treatments (and buying a baby monitor!), my anxiety eased and I could sleep at night and enjoy being a new mum!”
We understand that it can be a minefield when it comes to where to go to for help and advice, what different treatments are available and what is the right route for you. Our aim at Nurture 4 Life is to provide as much support and help as possible during what we know can be a difficult and potentially distressing time for our clients.
If you’d like to find out more about Reproductive Reflexology and how it might help you throughout your journey, then please book a free, completely confidential, absolutely no-obligation, telephone call with Nicky.