Reflexology for Women’s Reproductive Health 


I am a great advocate of Reflexology for improved well-being, especially for women’s reproductive health.  Having been told I was unable to have children, it wasn’t until I underwent a course of Reflexology that I was able to conceive. It was being blessed with two happy and healthy children that sparked my deepening interest in Reflexology and spurred me on to study it in more detail so that I could share the benefits with others.
 


Reflexology for PMS

Most women at some time suffer with one or more symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome. Some symptoms can be endured whilst others are debilitating. Ranging from anxiety and tension, irritability and anger to headaches, weight-gain and breast tenderness, PMS sufferers can be effectively supported at key times through regular Reflexology sessions. Studies have shown that Reflexology can be effective against mood swings, sleepless nights, bloating and the cravings that strike PMS sufferers. By unblocking energy pathways, reducing pain, increasing circulation, rebalancing hormones and aiding deep relaxation, Reflexology aims to support you through the worst of the symptoms so that you can attain equilibrium and well-being.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists offers an article on How PMS Can Affect You
http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Oleson & Flocco (1993) conducted a randomized, controlled study with 35 women with 38 premenstrual symptoms. The women recorded their symptoms on a 4-point scale in a daily diary. Symptoms were recorded for two months before reflexology therapy, two months during, and two months after. Results showed that 46% of the women had improved symptoms (such as less anxiety, depression, fatigue, or difficulty sleeping) with reflexology alone.
http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reflexology/what-does-research-say-about-refloxology



Reflexology for Fertility

Trying to get pregnant can be a stressful time: ironically, stress is the one thing that can seriously affect your chances of conception. Reflexology for Fertility focuses on the manipulation of the reflexes in the feet that correspond with the body’s reproductive system whilst also seeking to treat the mind and body as a whole and return it to equilibrium.
By reducing your stress and anxiety, unblocking energy pathways, rebalancing hormones and improving blood flow, Reflexology may help encourage regular menstruation, minimise the effects of polycystic ovaries and endometriosis and promote healthy ovulation, critical for aiding conception. 
 
Of course, it takes two to tango, and it’s not just the woman’s health and well-being that is important in increasing your chances of conception; Reflexology can be of equal benefit to men. Being treated as a couple can support you both physically and emotionally, releasing your anxiety, improving semen quality and giving you the best possible chance.

As a complementary therapy, Reflexology is particularly effective when used alongside fertility treatments such as IVF, ICSI, GIFT or ZIFT. It will not interfere with any prescribed medication, can help alleviate certain side effects and will help you both to let go of any anxieties. 
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Benefits of Regular Fertility Reflexology
  • Regulates the hormones
  • Improves ovary function
  • Reduces stress related problems
  • Increases the flow of blood to the uterus and increasing the thickness of the lining
  • Lessens the side effects of drugs used in IVF
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduce menstrual problems and pre-menstrual problems
  • Helps throughout the pregnancy
  • Relaxes the individual and lessens their stress factors

Reflexology for Pregnancy and Labour

Expectant mothers who are nourishing and nurturing their unborn child also need nourishment and nurture themselves. Reflexology for pregnancy aims to promote good circulation throughout the body; supporting your organs and tissues and ensuring vital nutrients and oxygen are received by your baby.  Pregnancy Reflexology can also help alleviate the many common ailments associated with carrying a baby, including morning sickness and other digestive problems, insomnia, backache, constipation, high or low blood pressure and fatigue. Generally, treatments are started from the second trimester, helping to keep both mother and baby in harmony and balance. If a mother is particularly stressed, this stress may be passed on to the baby through hormones, which may affect baby’s immune system and predispose them to allergies and recurrent infections. Reflexology is deeply relaxing and aims to promote physical and emotional well-being of both mother and baby. Regular treatments during pregnancy have been shown to promote a shorter labour and lead to less pain relief being required. Reflexology can even be used to induce labour and prevent a retained placenta and can be tailored to your specific needs throughout each stage of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Reflexology requires very specific training only after a full Reflexology course.


Pregnancy Reflexology encourages the body to help with the many common ailments experienced in pregnancy including:
  • Backache
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Leg cramps
  • Induction
 
Postnatal Reflexology


Once baby has arrived, Reflexology can help to alleviate a variety of postnatal issues and help support you both. Be it breastfeeding, engorged breasts and inadequate lactation, or the physical and emotional ravages of the birth process, Reflexology can help support you through a variety of postnatal conditions including: stress, anxiety and depression, fatigue and backache.
 
There have been many studies into the effectiveness of Reflexology for PMS, Pregnancy and Labour that you can find out more about by following the links below: 
 http://www.reflexologyresearch.net/
 

Contact Details

Theresa Lindsay BSc, MAR, RCST
Birch Therapy Centre
Elms Avenue
Ramsgate
Kent
CT11 9BW
 
Telephone: 01843 580 191
Mobile: 07957 666291
Email: theresalindsay@hotmail.co.uk