Fertility and Maternity

Reflexology before pregnancy

Because the most important developments in the womb take place in the first few months, you may like to choose some reflexology sessions to aid relaxation and also think about your nutrition and exercise to place the body in the optimum state for conception and early foetal development.

Since the potential father will also be playing a key role in the conception, he should be making an effort to contribute healthy sperm by ensuring that all his body systems are functioning optimally. He may also choose to have some reflexology sessions to aid his relaxation. Good nutrition and exercise can also be of benefit.

Reflexology during pregnancy

Once pregnant, the body undergoes a myriad of changes to cater for the growing foetus. Every system is affected, so it’s important for your health as an expectant mother and for the health of the new life inside you that steps are taken to ensure everything is kept in balance. It is a time when you need to be nurtured and cherished.

Some of the common problems during pregnancy include nausea, backache, constipation, symphisis pubis discomfort, high or low blood pressure, fatigue, headaches. These can often be helped when the body is relaxed or in a state of calm.

Sessions also provide an opportunity to discuss issues that are concerning you, pregnancy being a time of heightened emotions and vulnerability. It’s important that long-standing and perhaps unrealised emotional issues are cleared before the birth. Sessions also provide an opportunity for you to relax and communicate with your unborn child.

Timing of sessions

Sessions can begin early in the pregnancy, continuing at regular intervals, becoming more frequent as the anticipated birth approaches. If the pregnancy goes well beyond term there are techniques that can be used on the feet and hands to try and prime labour, with the permission of the obstetric care-giver.

Labour and birth

Many new mothers believe that regular reflexology sessions and a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy helped them to have a good birth. Whatever type of birthing experience you have, reflexology may help to put you in the best possible state to cope and to make a good recovery. There are circumstances where, with the approval of the obstetric care-giver, we can provide sessions during labour which may help with pain control and in the event that contractions slow down. At the very least, we can show you techniques that a birthing partner can use to help at this time.

Subfertility

In Europe, female subfertility can be medically explained in about a third of cases – age, hormonal disorders, adhesions, being overweight and pelvic infections are the commonly identified factors. In the remainder of cases the causes are unknown. Explanations for male subfertility usually relate to structural disorders, hormonal problems or infections, with instances of unexplained causes being less than in the case of women.

Reflexology can help to relax the body and play a very beneficial role with cases of male and female subfertility either alongside conventional medicine or in conjunction with other complementary therapies.

By working to balance all body systems, the potential mother and father are more likely to produce viable eggs and sperm and ultimately a healthy foetus.

A special word about stress: stress can be a major factor in many instances of reduced fertility. Reflexology can promote a deep state of relaxation, allowing the body to recover from persistent stressors that may be affecting the ability to conceive. Unresolved emotional issues may also feature. Being holistic, these therapies can provide a mechanism for release of emotions that may be affecting a couple’s fertility.

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