Fertility & Pregnancy
Reflexology to boost your natural fertility and support the balance of hormones from conception throughout pregnancy
Katrina has specialist qualifications in Fertility Reflexology (Reprofelxology TM) developed over the last 15 years. This training also allows her to gather important data relating to your own natural fertility, to review your menstrual cycle , provide both partners with useful information to enhance fertility and help you identify peak fertile times. In addition Katrina is qualified to provide Fertility Massage Therapy TM, a form of massage applied to abdomen and sacral area.
As many as 1 in 7 couples worldwide experience problems conceiving, fertilityexpert.co.uk. This may be a known gynaecological issue such as Endometriosis or Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome, a failure to ovulate, or very commonly an unknown reason such as hormonal imbalance, and of course stress.
This can be an incredibly sensitive subject and generates a multitude of emotions. An increasing number of couples are experiencing fertility issues with a reported 1 in 3 experiencing difficulty. Holistic or Complementary therapies in their very nature aim to address both physical and psychological issues. On a physical level, they can address underlying medical issues, including hormonal imbalance, pre-existing medical conditions and the physiological effects of stress. On a psychological level they aim to address the emotional and mental issues that affect fertility.
In the UK over 85% of healthy women will get pregnant within a year of trying for a baby and this number increases to 92% within two years. However, if you are over 35 you are more likely to have fertility problems and it may take up to 3 years before you get pregnant. By the age of 38 only 77% of women get pregnant within 3 years.
Being Pregnant can be the most joyous of feelings, and many woman adjust to it with ease. It can also be the most exhausting and occasionally unpleasant or uncomfortable time with some women experiencing nausea or discomfort, digestive issues including heartburn, anxiety and sleeplessness.
Pregnancy Reflexology aims to provide a sense of comfort and relaxation and address symptoms while supporting you and your baby.
During the peri-menopause which for a lot of women starts in their 40’s changing hormone levels affect sleep, libido and more specifically mood. It is a time when we could all do with a little extra help.
It is a time when many things can be happening in our lives, there may be children leaving home, or increasingly with many women having children in their late 30’s we are still juggling the school run and children’s social calendar.
Hormones are essential for women’s health and changing levels can affect us both physically and emotionally. As we approach the menopause, our oestrogen levels drop. As a result Cortisol levels can rise which means that Adrenalin (stress hormone, fight or flight) can easily be triggered in the body leaving us feeing anxious and stressed.
In many cultures, the menopause is a right of passage, a gentle step into he Autumn of our lives. Unfortunately, not in the west.
Three common symptoms that women can experience in peri-menopause and menopause are hot flushes, poor sleep and anxiety.
At menopause reflexology works by regulating the hormones of the body. It aims to provide balance between physical and emotional systems. The endocrine system is gently balanced during treatment and by taking the time to have a treatment, you are sending an important message to your body, that you matter, its time for you.
By calming the central nervous system, sleep disturbances can also be alleviated and anxiety and stress levels reduced. Reflexology aims to help the ovaries to regulate their oestrogen secretions and the uterus to maintain its natural health and flexibility.
Many peri menopausal clients who receive regular reflexology and following lifestyle advice have reported a decrease in anxiety, depression, insomnia, hot flushes and night sweats
When Hormones are mentioned, visions of raging pubescent, pre-menstrual or menopausal women often spring to mind, but they affect everyone.
Hormones are chemical messages secreted into the blood to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action. They are secreted from glands, which are collectively called the Endocrine System. These messengers control most body systems e.g. growth, food metabolism, sexual function, reproductive health and cognitive function amongst others.
Both men and women produce hormones in the same areas and for the same functions, with one exception. The sex or reproductive hormones produced in the ovary or testes differ.
A Hormonal imbalance is when there is too little or too much of a particular hormone in the body. This imbalance can cause a variety of symptoms and occur at different times of life. We may remember the major hormonal changes in puberty when we were younger, have witnessed them in our own children, or maybe the menopause in women at the end of child bearing years. But, other hormonal imbalances occur, for example in the thyroid, pancreas and in the Adrenal glands. They can also have direct effect on our bodily functions in areas such as fertility and in the production of insulin, causing diabetes.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance are:
Taking the “stress hormone” cortisol as an example, we can see that sometimes the efficiency of hormones can be compromised. Although they are designed to be produced for a specific purpose, sometimes the body just doesn’t know when to stop this process.
Cortisol is produced by the Adrenal Glands and it helps to regulate blood pressure and the immune system in a sudden crisis. Originally a crisis would have been being chased by a predator, it helped the body survive in a fight or flight moment. Once the danger was over the body recovered and cortisol levels dropped.
However nowadays, our crises have become more constant and relentless, worrying about paying bills, having work related stress issues or just not having enough hours in the day. Often cortisol levels remain consistently high which can cause:
Luckily for us, an antidote to the body’s fight or flight mechanism has evolved in the relaxation response.
Reflexology is a therapy that induces this natural relaxation response and works to provide a systemic balance in the body. Many clients have reported an improvement in symptoms of stress after having reflexology.
By working the reflexes representing the endocrine glands, a reflexologist applies pressure to sedate, stimulate or balance reflexes that represent body structures. This in turn can have a positive effect on many different bodily functions. It can be particularly helpful with stress but has also been seen to help menstrual issues, fertility and menopause.
Many reflexology clients experience a sense of calm following treatments and most report an excellent night sleep afterwards.
My background is actually as a nurse, specialising in Neo-Natal Intensive care and I also hold and MSc in Ergonomics. In the past I subscribed to a very medicalised model of health and illness but after receiving complementary therapies myself, I came to see the sense of balance I experienced and recognised how complimentary therapies […]
I look forward to my monthly visits; the jovial conversation in a peaceful environment with an effective therapy performed by a very accomplished therapist.
As someone who has gotten seriously into sport over the last couple of years, I can't imagine achieving the same success without the help of my physical therapists. They put me back together when I've pushed myself to the limit!
I was really surprised by the instant relief I experienced after my first adjustment. Happily, I was able to sleep much better that night despite lugging my toddler around all day!
I think the combination of the massage and adjustments keeps me far more agile and free from aches and pains. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone who is thinking about trying a massage out.
Adjustments to the spine which restore the natural healing power of your nervous system to allow the body to heal itself
Pressure points on the feet which are linked to every part of the body are used to restore balance and calm
The use of needles to stimulate specific points in the body to restore balance using traditional Chinese methods
Focussing on the soft tissue and muscles of the body to increase blood flow which aids relaxation and healing