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Having experienced difficulties myself, I know how stressful trying for a baby can be; especially when conception seems to happen instantly for some, yet others just find themselves in limbo, with no straight forward explanation as to why they cannot conceive naturally.
It is a well known fact that stress can start to disrupt hormonal functions within the body for both males and females. For some, that stress can be caused by long working hours, or a hectic lifestyle. But, for others, the stress can be caused by the all consuming worry of things not quite going to plan.
Whilst Holistic and Complementary Therapies are not a way of guaranteeing a pregnancy, they do provide an opportunity to escape from any stress that can accompany the journey towards conception. Based on my own experiences, and professional training, I feel I can work compassionately and knowledgeably with those who are in this situation.
All of the treatments I work with offer a valuable complementary support for both males and females and can be used alongside any medical care being received, including assisted conception methods such as IVF or ICSI. The therapies I use predominantly reduce the effects of stress but can also offer valuable support emotionally.
Reflexology encourages deep relaxation to switch the body off from stress. When the stress responses are calmed, or even halted altogether, the body starts to reset itself to its more natural state. For me, reflexology is such an easy and natural way to support our overall wellbeing.
Healing and Meditation are also deeply relaxing but I find they are more supportive to the mind. I sometimes use guided visualisations as part of these treatments to help unlock any negative thought patterns which are accompanying the conception journey. I often support these further with Flower Essences which I give to clients to continue with at home. Healing or meditation can be added to the end of a reflexology treatment, or given as a stand alone treatment in its own rightdepending on client preferences.
Sue Hamblin fmar
Foot, Facial & Hand Reflexologist
Karuna Reiki® Healing Practitioner
Flower Essences & Guided Meditation
Anyone considering pregnancy needs to understand the importance of healthy eating and how excess stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and even sugar can have a negative impact on the body. The NHS gives very comprehensive advice which I thoroughly recommend anyone trying to conceive take a read via the following link: http://nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby
Please also be aware that approximately 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving within the first year of trying. In such instances, I always recommend couples seek professional advice from their GP as simple tests can be offered to help understand hormone function. For further details please see the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/infertility