Ennis based Reflexologist; Lorraine Hughes delves into detail on fertility reflexology.

Spring is in the air at last and Easter is upon us so it seems like the perfect time to have a look at fertility reflexology. This specific area of reflexology is growing and more people are considering reflexology sessions as a support while they try to conceive.

There are many benefits for both women and men when they have fertility reflexology treatments, also known as reproductive reflexology, while trying to conceive. It promotes general wellbeing, improves blood flow to the pelvic area, regulates hormones and the menstrual cycle, reduces pain in endometriosis and other issues, can improve sperm count and may increase rates of success in natural and assisted conception.

As I’ve mentioned in previous weeks, reflexology is a holistic treatment that has been around for almost 5,000 years and is a very grounding technique that involves applying pressure to reflex points in the foot that reflect or correspond to parts of the body through zones of energy. It works by balancing the whole body mentally and physically and this could be a very welcome support during a fertility journey.

On this particular journey a number of lifestyle changes will enhance the possibility of success including diet, liaising with other health care professionals, and learning how to manage stress. Fertility reflexology offers a safe haven of support and treatments are tailored for the woman and the man depending on different factors. Initially, in the woman’s case it’s about regulating the menstrual cycle and then aligning the treatments with the cycle using specific sequences to correspond with each of the four phases of a natural cycle. Where there is a cycle longer than 28 days for example, the week two sequence is repeated to support the follicular phase.

In supporting men, reflexology can help improve sperm quality, count and motility. Reviewing a more up-to-date semen analysis report is advised after a few treatments to watch out for any improvements. With assisted conception protocols, treatments are tailored even more specifically in relation to each stage which includes support around egg retrieval times and transfer days.

One of the most important benefits of reflexology is its efficacy in reducing stress as it induces deep relaxation and this allows the nervous system to function normally and free the body to find its own homeostasis (balance). A relaxed body can heal itself and reflexology guarantees this and balances the biological systems.

With fertility reflexology, there is an obvious focus on the reflex points corresponding to the reproductive system but also the reflex points of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is known as the ‘chemical system’ of the body and it’s made up of a complex network of glands. These glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream effectively sending chemical messages all over the body and this has a significant impact and may enhance the possibility of conception. It aims to improve egg quality, support implantation, and prepare the body in general for pregnancy.

To book a reflexology treatment contact Lorraine at 087 6595417 or check out www.glenina-reflexology.ie for more details and a full price-list.

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