For many couples it is an emotional and physical roller coaster to achieve a viable pregnancy. The trend for couples starting a family later in life, often in the their 30’s or 40’s, coupled with day to day pressures, not forgetting environmental factors such as pollution and pesticides, has seen a huge increase in fertility problems. In many social groups there is still an assumption that the cause of infertility lies with the woman – despite the fact that 4 out of 10 cases of infertility is on the male side. Even those who fell pregnant easily with their first (or second) can often experience difficulty with an additional pregnancy and wonder why it’s not happening, this is known as Sub Fertility.
We are learning every day about the impact stress can have on our bodies and it is never more apparent than when it comes to conception. The physical and arguably, the emotional environment needs to be just so in order for conception to occur, that’s where Reflexology can play a part. Reflexology is a great way of fine tuning our incredibly complex bodies. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests Reflexology can help couples conceive, especially those who have unexplained infertility (i.e. when a specific medical cause cannot be identified). In addition, a recent study by The Association of Reflexologists has shown that on average about 50% of clients seeking help through reflexology for fertility issues find themselves pregnant within 6 months of treatments. Although there is no guarantee Reflexology will enable couples to conceive, unlike fertility drugs or IVF it has zero negative side effects. At the very least it can induce deep relaxation, which is essential for our wellbeing. However, stress is only part of the problem. Over the last decade so many factors, dietary, medical, occupation, environment, lifestyle, have been linked to infertility and whilst not every single thing is relevant to every single individual it is important to consider the overall picture. That’s why with my treatments I offer a more holistic approach, by understanding the whole picture there is a greater chance of identifying the problem.
Shelley Maude is a Holistic Therapist living in East Molesey, she gained her Diploma in Fertility and Pregnancy Reflexology with the London School of Reflexology. Based in East Molsesey, she also offers Reflexology, Ayurevedic Foot Massage and Facial Rejuvenation (aka Indian face massage, natural facelift massage). For more details or to contact Shelley for more information, visit