Reflexology has been used for centuries to benefit health and wellbeing and to aid fertility and conception. 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving; miscarriages are increasingly common, sperm rates are falling and hormonal disorders are on the increase. The anxiety, worry and stress of an unmet desire can put strain on relationships and instigate isolation from friends and family while the process of getting pregnant takes centre stage. An increasing number of women believe that reflexology has helped them conceive. Some Gynaecologists are now suggesting it before fertility drugs or in conjunction with fertility treatment.
One major benefit of reflexology is the balancing of the endocrine system, the set of glands that produce the body’s hormones. Hormones play a key role in fertility and pregnancy and can be affected by stress. Aside from releasing oxytocin and the endorphins responsible for intense relaxation, reflexology provides a space away from the speed of modern day life and a chance to offload emotionally, physically and mentally.
Ideally both the male & female partners have treatment, particularly in the cases of unexplained infertility or for couples who have chosen IVF. Reflexology works best when the client also follows a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet, exercise, relaxation and good work/life balance. No two reflexology treatments are the same for each session because the chosen points address the needs of the client on that particular day.
Based on feedback from Reflexologists, the Association of Reflexologists believe that reflexology may be of great benefit to clients suffering with fertility issues. On average about 50% of clients seeking help through Reflexology for fertility issues, find themselves pregnant within 6 months of commencing treatment. However, it is vital to remember that each client is an individual and what might work for one person may not necessary work for another.