The versatility of reflexology never ceases to amaze me.
Over the past several years I’ve seen an increase in the number of people who come to complementary and alternative medicine, for support of other treatments.
Reflexology and Infertility is just one of them.
In fact, it’s both men and women (and it should be both because this is hugely a couples thing) but, the larger numbers by far are women.
Let me say just one thing before continuing: reflexologists never diagnose, treat, or prescribe. If there is an illness or pathology you must see a medical doctor.
And, why wouldn’t you want to get the medical diagnosis and find out what the prescribed treatment is. Once done, you can choose whatever complementary modality – yes, read reflexology here – to help your body to help itself.
In reality the healer is really inside the body that needs the healing. Nothing else can take its place.
But our stress-relieving techniques also support most medical interventions and processes. And sometimes this support is what is needed the most.
This brings me back to our topic of infertility. Let me start at the beginning.
When learning about the body and its systems, I was fascinated to find out that for of the reproductive system there are primary and secondary components.
The primary reproductive system is comprised of the ovaries and testes. That’s it. And, the secondary part is… everything else.
It made me wonder – why only one primary organ and no t any of the other parts of the system.
Well, the primary is the only part that is also a member of the endocrine system – the hormone producing, regulating system of the body.
Let’s face it, as a species, we’re designed to do something very important in order for the species to survive. You guessed it, we’re designed to reproduce.
That’s why the endocrine glands are primary, that’s why everything else comes in second place – because without the parts that regulate, that give the all important instructions, well, in a way, nothing else really matters, does it?
Now, what happens when good evolution slows down?
That’s where we get issues with infertility, or, as some would call it, sub-fertility.
I like that second term because a lot of times it’s not broken, just a bit slow.
Again, knowing the “how’s and whys” is not our job, even though we can and should be knowledgeable.
Most importantly, reflexology can and does support the body in its own natural processes – balancing and healing.
Now, there seems to be a ground swell in regards to people seeking reflexology for infertility.
Maybe the information about reflexology is being passed around amongst those in need, perhaps in the clinics or the chat rooms.
I’ve noticed that over the past few years, there’s a definite increase in interest.
And, why wouldn’t there be?
Some reflexologists have made it a specialty. And, I personally have seen up to an 80% success rate with my reflexology clients who come for support with this particular goal.
That’s right – up to 80% have been successful. Happy everybody.
So what does that mean for reflexologists?
Well, the information we get is really an anecdotal statistic. I can’t, nor would I even want to ever claim to cure anything.
I have long contended that one of the most powerful things we do in our reflexology is to relax the body. And when stress is relieved a body does tend to work better in all its functions – powerfully and positively.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the most important things that supports healing is touch – touch that is safe & compassionate, touch that is about the focus, the concentration, the listening and being non-invasive.
This touch is truly a universal healer. And, that’s the touch I’m talking about.
So what can a reflexologist do?
Now, here in America, there’s a commonly held belief that it’s best to cease doing our fabulous reflexology in the first trimester of pregnancy.
I do just that.
But here, there’s an issue of infertility, not pregnancy.
Common wisdom tells us to detail the reproductive organ reflexes, the endocrine reflexes, CNS reflexes and the lymphatic reflexes.
Because this support is not just aimed at relaxation for the body… it’s not just about the stress relief. It’s also about strengthening whatever needs strengthened so that the internal environment can be the best and strongest it can possibly be.
And, if fertility treatments are happening, then everyone’s on a schedule. There is a definite pattern… support, support, support, and then wait, wait, wait.
I do the same thing in scheduling my hope-to-be-pregnant clients – session, session, session and then after their treatment, wait, wait, wait.
Of course, pregnant women need their feet worked on. So once the pregnancy is past the first trimester, and there are no complications, I work on just about everything but the reproductive reflexes because they’re already happy!
Always remember, when in doubt about giving reflexology to anyone, at anytime – you must talk to a medical professional.
You won’t get medical advice from your instructor… unless they’re a doctor!