Maternity and Fertility Reflexology
I am trained and specialise in reflexology for fertility and pregnancy and can offer support and tailored reflexology treatments suitable for pre-conception, and throughout your pregnancy and the post-natal period.
If you are thinking or trying for a baby reflexology can help support you and your partner both physically and emotionally, it will help with increased stress and tension and it can also work alongside IVF treatment and other assisted fertility methods.
During pregnancy your body will go through many changes that will effect you emotionally and physically. Reflexology for maternity aims to optimise your health and wellbeing by working on specific reflex points to restore balance and alleviate symptoms associated with pregnancy. It can be safely carried out throughout the pregnancy and I will take a full medical history to ensure that it is appropriate and tailored for your needs. Reflexology is often recommended by many midwives.
The Effects of Stress on Fertility
When you are calm and at ease the natural procedure of the body preparing for pregnancy starts with the hypothalamus secreting hormone GnRH (gonadotrophic releasing hormone) which passes into the pituitary gland stimulating the release of luteinising hormone (LH - this prepares the lining of the uterus to receive an embryo), it also releases follicle stimulating hormone (FSH – which stimulates the ovaries to release an egg (ovum) into the fallopian tube.
However, stress causes the release of cortisol and adrenalin hormones into the bloodstream. If the stress continues, increased cortisol supresses the digestive system, reduces thyroid function and heightens sugar uptake. The hypothalamus secretes a substance called corticotrophin releasing factor, a neurotransmitter that passes from the hypothalamus to the pituitary, which then produces ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic hormone) which stimulates the adrenal glands. In response the adrenals produce adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol, stimulating the release of Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) which suppresses the production of FSH and LH. All detrimental to conceiving naturally.
Reduce stress and anxiety with reflexology, increasing your chances of conception.