Debbie Graham, reflexologist talks about the benefits of reflexology for fertility and pregnancy
How would you explain reflexology to someone who hasn't heard of it before?
I often get asked what reflexology is, some people come along to their first appointment with very little understanding or knowledge of what to expect or how it works. If you imagine your feet, hands and ears are all mini maps of the body, by contacting and applying pressure on various points, known as reflexes, this sends messages to that part of the body through the central nervous system. As there are thousands of nerve endings on the feet, it is also extremely relaxing therefore bringing the body into a state of balance and rest and digest instead of being in a state of fight or flight. This is so important as we all know that unless our body is in balance it will not be working as optimally as possible.
How did you get into this work?
I have always had an interest and fascination in complementary therapies, opting for a more natural approach to my own personal health and that of my families. After seeing the benefits this approach had on our lives I decided I wanted to be able to help others in this way. I had a taste of reflexology when my sister in law decided to train and after one session I was hooked! I have since studied to level 5, which is currently the highest level available in the UK, I have continued to further my knowledge and skills and feed my passion whilst being constantly reminded and amazed at the benefits it brings to my clients.
In what ways is it useful during pregnancy?
During pregnancy there are few things which can feel relaxing, especially when you get to the later more uncomfortable stage. As it is non-invasive and only the feet are needed, it is the perfect treatment. I have specialist training in maternity reflexology and therefore see people all the way through pregnancy. Reflexology aims to reduce common pregnancy symptoms as well as helping to ease any muscular tension including back ache and pelvic pain. For many, anxiety can be high during this time, especially if there have been previous complications, reflexology is extremely helpful in managing this. Treatments are most beneficial when carried out regularly throughout the entire pregnancy, monthly is ideal until 36 weeks then weekly treatments are recommended. Research has proven that regular reflexology can reduce the length of labour and the need for as much pain relief. It is so important to manage and maintain wellbeing throughout pregnancy and to have as healthy a pregnancy as possible, reflexology is definitely one way to achieve this.
I’ve heard it can be effective in helping with fertility, how does this work?
I also have specialist training in reproductive reflexology which is a specific way of working aiming to enhance fertility and assist couples who are trying to conceive. Together we aim to establish and balance any hormonal irregularities helping to prepare the body to be at its optimum fertility to support a pregnancy. I also work with people suffering with underlying conditions such as PCOs, endometriosis and irregular cycles. I take a holistic approach to lifestyle, offering advice where necessary and helping people to make changes which will benefit them. Reproreflexology is also hugely beneficial when used alongside IVF/ICSI treatment as it can help to reduce any unwanted side effects of the medication and enhance the efficacy of the drugs. It is also extremely important to keep anxiety levels as low as possible during what is often a challenging time. I love working in this way and have seen such wonderful results, it is truly a blessing to be able to help people work towards their dream of starting or adding to their family.
How can I find out more?
I have my own private therapy room in the heart of Whitefield, for more information on how Reflexology can help you or to find out more please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07866 619 074
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