What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy. Reproductive reflexology can involve the hands, face or ears but most commonly, it is done on the feet.
Each area of the feet (known as a ‘reflex’) represents a different part of the body. As the therapist stimulates, sedates or balances each reflex point, the aim is to affect a positive change on the body.
Reflexology is totally non-invasive, with the recipient clothed, apart from their feet, and is generally very pleasurable to receive. Most people enjoy the treatments and find them very relaxing.
What is reproductive reflexology or ‘ReproflexologyTM’?
Reproductive reflexology or ReproflexologyTM is a specialist form of reflexology that aims to support reproductive health. It is an integrated approach, that incorporates not just reflexology, but also a solid understanding of medical pathways, health and lifestyle advice. Practitioners who offer this specialism should be suitably qualified or experienced in the field.
Many are members of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists.
What does reproductive reflexology aim to do?
- It uses specific & prescriptive treatment protocols to address fertility health for both men and women.
- reproductive reflexology aims to regulate menstrual cycles and ensure that each stage is functioning at its best.
- improve sperm production and functionality.
- assist any underlying conditions – male or female.
- uses structured and prescriptive treatment protocols supporting all forms of assisted conception.
- one of the most effective forms of integrated medicine using results from medical testing to measure improvements.
What happens in a treatment?
You will be sent a comprehensive consultation form ahead of your appointment. Your therapist may well want to talk through with you the contents of the forms and may ask some very in-depth questions so that they have a very clear understanding of your situation.
They may well suggest some further testing, supplementation, dietary or lifestyle changes that they feel will make a positive impact. When you attend your treatments, you are greeted with a warm, comfortable and clean space that will not be clinical in feel. You will be encouraged to recline on a massage table or reclining chair and made to feel very comfortable. There may well be soft lighting or music according to your own preference.
The treatment will involve gentle but purposeful manipulation of the feet for around an hour. What will be done will depend on your own individual needs and may vary between sessions. You are most likely to find the session pleasurable and relaxing. Many people are deeply relaxed and even fall asleep! Your therapist may well teach you some hand reflexology techniques to use between your treatment sessions.
Who can use reproductive reflexology?
It can be used by anyone at any point along their fertility journey. From individuals looking to support their preconception preparations to people going through assisted fertility, whether you are male or female, a couple or an individual.
How do I find a reproductive reflexologist?
You can search the ‘find a reflexologist’ function on any of the following organisations’ websites to find a therapist in your area:
The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists: https://reproductivereflexologists.org/
The Association of Reflexologists: https://www.aor.org.uk/
Professional Reflexology: https://www.professionalreflexology.org/