Supporting the Conception journey.
If you are trying to conceive, reflexology can help support you and your partner both physically and emotionally – whether you have just started trying to conceive or have been trying for a while. Stress is a complex condition which affects almost all parts of the body in some way. There is also some evidence to suggest that it may affect fertility. Cortisol (a hormone released in response to stress) can cause the release of an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone. Both of these hormones are integral to the release of the egg and the implantation of embryo after fertilisation. In other words, feeling stressed may be detrimental to the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy. Stress is an issue for both sexes, so it is equally important that both partners employ some method of reducing their stress levels – this can include reflexology.
Supporting the Maternity journey.
Reflexology can be also used throughout pregnancy, I will take a full history first to ensure that it's safe and appropriate to carry out a treatment. I have trained in Maternity Reflexology and I am fully insured. Reflexology aims to optimise the physical and emotional health of pregnant women. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefited from reflexology throughout their pregnancy and in fact two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour(1) and improved quality of sleep in post-natal women(2).
(G.M Buck Louis, K.J. Lum, M.S. Rajeswari Sundaram, Z.Chen, S. Kim, C.D. Lynch, E. F. Schisterman, C. Pyper (2010) Stress reduces conception probabilities across the fertile window: evidence in support of relaxation. In Fertility and Sterility Vol 95.)
(1. Valiani M ET AL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15 (Dec) p302 -310. 2. LI C-Y ET AL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181 – 186.)