Saturday, 17 May 2014

Reflexology and fertility...really...


For those of you not in the know and I was certainly one of those, Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet, lower leg, face and hands that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these areas and points it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels, and helps the body to restore the natural balance in the whole body. 

So that’s the science bit sorted...

Reflexology has come onto my radar for a few reasons lately. The first one is simply due to the fact that my feet over recent months just ache a lot of the time, and for several years now I have been experiencing restless leg syndrome, which can go from mild irritation to full on driving me crazy. I have always been a lover of heels, and whilst it is no longer practical for me to wear heels as much now I am a mum, you will still rarely see me without a killer pair of heels when I am in work or on a night out. I know they are not good for your feet and I know that they’re not particularly practical, but what can I say…I just love them and I am not yet prepared to bow down to a sensible shoe! However, I’m not sure if my feet now that they have been pounding the streets for forty odd years are still loving the idea of me consistently subjecting them to a four inch heel for eight hours a day. The general advice I received from friends and family was on the whole, just wear more sensible shoes. However a few mentioned foot massage and a few also mentioned reflexology.

However, what really pricked up my ears and my interest levels in this centuries old complementary therapy was the talk of how it could have a positive effect on fertility. 

For those close to me or those that have been following my blog from the very beginning, will know that I very sadly suffered a miscarriage last December. We weren't trying for a baby at the time but you know how the old saying goes, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. I think the fact that we fell pregnant fairly easily with Evan and then fell without even trying last year, I guess I believed that if I just put the sadness of the miscarriage behind me and moved forward and started trying again, then I would get pregnant pretty quickly and could focus my attention on the new baby. 

Well that was clearly easier said than done, as five months down the line there is no sign of baby number 2, and whilst I am very aware that five months is not a long time to be trying for a baby, with my 41st birthday looming in the next few months I simply do not have an infinite amount of time to keep trying. 

So when I heard that reflexology could potentially help in this area I was naturally intrigued. How could someone massaging your feet possibly help you to get pregnant. Couldn't hurt to find out I thought. 

So two weeks ago I embarked on my first visit to a local reflexologist, who was particularly experienced in treating women with fertility problems. My first appointment involved a consultation period whereby my reflexologist talked me through the reasons why I felt I needed treatment and what I was hoping to gain from my sessions. My therapist is a lovely lady, the same age as me and I instantly felt a bond and a warmth with her that I was absolutely not expecting, and before I knew it I found myself becoming very emotional and openly cried when I talked about the miscarriage, and how I felt frustrated, angry and still very sad about it all, especially now that what was my due date of June is not too far off. 

The reflexology part of the session lasted an hour, and whilst some of the manipulation was a little on the uncomfortable side, it was on the whole an incredibly relaxing and soothing experience, and I have to confess that for a few days after I felt strangely lighter, more energised and uplifted in my spirits. 

Session two was yesterday and I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it was the end of the day and also the week, but I felt so relaxed during the session that my whole body and mind felt completely in tune and at ease with each other, and it was on the whole just a lovely way to end the working week and begin the sunny weekend ahead. 

So who knows if there is any real direct link between reflexology and successful conception. There is certainly no scientific way of proving this, but if you check out the internet there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from thousands of women who swear that nothing had helped them to conceive until they tried reflexology. 

So I guess let's just watch this space. But after just two sessions I already feel that the sessions are having a positive influence on my well being, both physically and mentally...oh and my feet ache a little less as well...

I would love to hear from any of you lovely ladies on the subject, especially if you or anyone you know has had any success with using reflexology as an aid to help them conceive...

Thanks for reading

Rhiannon xx

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