Fertility and IVF Support
Being unable to conceive when one feels ready can be an emotionally exhausting and traumatic time. It triggers a huge range of emotions ranging from grief and anger, through to frustration and anxiety...to name but a few. Everywhere one looks, other women are falling pregnant easily. Babies seem to be everywhere. This can also create feelings of inadequacy and despair.
However, these are the very emotions one wants to avoid as they cause untold stress in the body. Stress which prevents the body from functioning as it should. The first important step is to begin giving your body exactly what it needs to reduce these feelings of 'fight or flight', which circumvent the body's natural functions.
Make sure you get enough sleep, exercise, water and fresh food and do whatever you can to lower your stress. Reflexology factors in the equation as one of the best modalities to produce the relaxation response, allowing the body to transition from that chronic state of 'fight or flight' to a relaxed 'vessel' that can successfully carry a baby for 9 months.
Trapped emotions also need to be addressed. I have found there can be suppressed emotions of guilt from failed pregnancies, miscarriages or even suppressed childhood traumas, which need to be addressed, so the body is in a receptive and relaxed state to proceed with whatever healing it requires.
Reflexology can be used throughout IVF to help relax and reduce anxiety, (except for the period when injections are given as it tends to balance hormones). If women are planning to undergo IVF, it is a good idea to start with regular Reflexology treatments 3-4 months before the program starts. At the time when a woman is receiving the hormone treatment, emotions can be at an all time high, and after the 10 days of injections, it can be a good time to treat yourself to a Reflexology hormone balance.
For more information, here is a wonderful article from Nicola Gregory, a Reflexologist in the UK, which explains beautifully how Reflexology can support women through sub-fertility and IVF:http://www.findingflow.co.uk/sub-fertility-1.html
A recent article from The Daily Mail Australia ~ Is Reflexology the new cure for Infertility?