Fertile Body Method
I am delighted that I can now support and coach you through your fertility and pregnancy journey using the Fertile Body Method. This is a Mind-Body approach to health that recognises the effect our mind has on our body, and vice versa. I can support you mentally and emotionally through the rollercoaster of trying to get pregnant, either naturally or through IVF, ICSI etc.
What is the Fertile Body Method ?
The Fertile Body Method uses “Mind and Body” techniques such as Solution Focussed Questions, Visualisations, Relaxation and Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as EFT or tapping). It is designed to help to you identify healthy goals for fertility, and to resolve mental, emotional and physical factors that may be affecting your fertility. This treatment will also help to reduce the negative effects of infertility which can cause stress and anxiety.
There are many factors which can affect your fertility, so an integrated approach that includes physical, mental and emotional elements, can bring much better results than a purely conventional one. You will be able to cope much better and in a more positive way, with any fertility issues you may be experiencing.
How we can use this treatment
Because each person is unique and their situations vary, therapy is tailored to each person individually in order to achieve the desired result.
There are 2 ways in which you can avail of this treatment; The first way is as a standalone treatment on its own or the second way we can use it is alongside your Fertility Reflexology treatment.
What you get when you book Fertile Body Method
You will get your own private personal page with your visualisations which you can access at any time.
How can the Fertile Body Method help you ?
- It will help you to make and maintain necessary changes to your lifestyle, diet, smoking, alcohol and exercise habits, to boost your fertility.
- It will reduce stress and anxiety and increase feelings of calm and relaxation.
- It will help restore physical, mental and emotional balance and wellbeing.
- It will restore menstrual health and sperm mobility and count.
- It will restore hormonal balance, will regulate the natural balance in the autonomic nervous system, and will regulate and restore healthy immune system function.
- It will create a balanced mindset by decreasing negative self talk and worry thus restoring emotional and physical balance. We ensure that these changes are then maintained.
- It will help to identify and resolve issues which may be preventing conception (unconscious or conscious resistance)
- It will support you with self-help tools which can continue to enhance your fertility.
- It will help to prepare you for IVF and other fertility treatments.
- If you do conceive, it will help and support you to carry the baby to full term.
GOING THROUGH IVF/ICSI OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE INTERVENTIONS ?
These treatments can be very challenging leading to a lot of stress and anxiety at a time when you need to be at your most calm.
Research shows that relaxation techniques and visualizations can increase the efficiency of IVF and other procedures, enhancing the possibility of success. Using both the Fertile Body Method and Fertility Reflexology, I can support you at every stage of your treatment.
Ideally, you should begin the Fertile Body Method a few weeks before you start your IVF treatment as this will allow us to resolve any issues or beliefs which may impede the success of your treatment. We then Enhance your treatment with deep relaxation techniques and visualisations so that you can navigate your treatment much more positively.
After the two week wait, I would encourage you to come back for another session to either support you as you commence your journey in to pregnancy, or to support you during the difficult time of your treatment failing.
The number of sessions required can vary in length depending on where you are on your fertility journey.
I look forward to working with you !
Emotional Freedom Technique
Your fingertips could be the best thing that ever happened to your Mental Health !!
Emotional Freedom Technique, is an effective, calming and gentle technique which is also known as Emotional Acupuncture (i.e. Acupuncture without the needles). It is a wonderfully simple and fast acting technique which helps to gently remove the negative emotional charge attached to physical and emotional issues. It has been adopted by the US military for the treatment of PTSD and is used by the NHS in the UK.
When someone attends for EFT, they are looking to reduce stress, anxiety, an addiction, limiting beliefs, a trauma or anything that may be causing them to feel distressed. It may also help with physical symptoms such as pain.
Our bodies have these energy lines called meridians which run up and down our body. When any of these lines get blocked due to a physical or emotional trauma which isn’t cleared, a physical dis-ease may be created in the body.
Through the process of tapping, we are re-wiring the brain to have new beliefs, emotional patterns, physical habits and perceptions. It helps us to discover what is living underneath our pain, and then helps in releasing it.
What can Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) help with ?
Clinical EFT will help to reduce;
- Cortisol levels
- Blood Pressure
- Food Cravings
- Limiting Beliefs
It will also help to boost your immune system and will have the effect of deactivating the amygdala and inducing calm.
So, what do we do ?
During this amazing treatment, you are guided every step of the way. There are a number of techniques which I will use during a session which are tailored to you to meet you where you are at.
We start the session with a chat to see what is going on with you at this moment in time and we determine the intensity of any emotion which needs to be discharged. From there, I devise a Set Up Statement based on our chat, which we use and repeat whilst gently tapping on acupressure points around the body, mainly the head, face, chest area, under the arms and fingers. While we tap, we also pay mindful attention to the negative thoughts and feelings.
After each round of tapping we check the intensity of the emotion being worked on and you get to see how effectively tapping will reduce this for you.
You may find yourself yawning as energy starts shifting as it is being released.
When the session is over, you feel calm !
If you are on a low income or unemployed, please contact me privately.
It is my absolute honour to join you on every step of your journey towards motherhood, and to continue to support you through your pregnancy and as a new mother too.
Specialising in Fertility using Reflexology and Acupressure points
It is difficult discovering you are one of the “one in six couples” who are having difficulties conceiving. Having been there myself, I understand how upsetting this can be. I know the huge emotional and physical stress that couples are under when trying to get pregnant because I’ve been there too.
I believe I have gone through this long journey for a reason. It’s my soul’s purpose to help other couples who find themselves in the same position I was in. I totally understand what you are going through – the highs and the lows. I will support you every step of the way, if you want me to !
Who would benefit from Fertility Reflexology ?
Who would believe that this luxurious and pampering treatment is amazing for your body, your mind and also your reproductive system ! It is amazing for both women and men who are;
- Feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed with the trying to get pregnant
- For anyone with unexplained fertility issues
- Anyone going through the painful condition of Endometriosis
- Ladies who suffer with Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)
- For those trying to get back on their feet after miscarriage
- Couples suffering with secondary infertility
- Trying to conceive naturally
- Going through IVF/ICSI etc.
How prevalent are Fertility Issues ?
Well, approximately one third of fertility issues are on the male side, one third on the female side and one third are issues on both sides. You see, conceiving is a very complicated dance between the egg and the sperm. Everything needs to be in order on both the female and male side, for a pregnancy to take place.
Infertility can be linked to stress, anxiety and hormonal imbalances. These can cause Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, irregular or no menstrual cycle etc. Your ability to conceive, for both of you, can also be dependent on factors such as;
- Foods you eat,
Why try Fertility Reflexology ?
Before embarking on the more invasive, stressful and very expensive alternatives, it is worth your while having a course of Fertility Reflexology which includes Acupressure points (like acupuncture without the needles!) . Your body will gently be re-balanced bringing emotional and physical harmony and also enhancing the body for conception. It will also direct blood flow to the reproductive organs by stimulating the reproductive organs.
What has Stress got to do with it ?
Quite often one or other in the couple are stressed and don’t even realise they are. When I was going through investigations, many moons ago, I was asked was I stressed. My answer was No, I’m not stressed. Then my blood results came back showing increased cortisol and prolactin levels indicating I was stressed. Sometimes we get so used to being stressed that we don’t recognise it when we have it. The fact that you are not getting pregnant month after month will put stress on your body.
When we are stressed, our Reproductive, Digestive and Repair functions are paused as the body prepares for “Fight or Flight”. Reflexology will help to reduce this stress, bringing everything back in to balance and allowing our reproductive organs to work optimally again.
When the body is relaxed and de-stressed, energy levels are restored to these areas. Regular Reflexology treatments helps to maintain this relaxed state allowing the reproductive hormones to work more effectively. Often when the client relaxes and feels they are actively doing something to help themselves, they get pregnant very quickly.
So, what about our men ?
Reflexology is amazing for men too and can help with improving sperm quality. Men feel the pressure of trying to conceive, especially when they see those “blue tester sticks” around !! Reflexology is amazing for their health and wellbeing too.
Have a read of my blog post on Male fertility by clicking the picture !
If all else fails……
Alas, not all fertility issues can be corrected with Reflexology so it may be necessary to visit your GP for a referral for further investigations. If a couple are under 35 and have been trying to conceive for a year with no success, then a visit to their GP is in order. If you are over 35 and have been trying for 6 months with no success, you should pay a visit to your GP also to get things checked out.
If Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) such as IVF, ICSI, IUI, Clomid or FET is required, it is now recommended to have reflexology during this stressful time. I prepare a treatment plan which is tailored to coincide with the treatment you are going through with your Fertility Clinic. This can help to increase the success rate by reducing stress, keeping the body balanced and enhancing your treatment.
On your first session with me, we will need to complete a Fertility Consultation Form which will be updated at each session. I also request that you send me or bring any test reports with you. These will allow me to investigate further and to create a personalised treatment for you.
What else can this treatment be used for ?
This amazing treatment is also great for helping you at any stage of your life. At puberty it can help teenagers suffering with painful or irregular periods. It is also great for balancing hormones if you are going through the menopause when their are big hormonal swings and hot flushes to contend with.
Your hormones will gently be balanced which will ease your symptoms. Whether you are suffering from PMT, menopause, baby blues and post natal depression, we’ve got you covered.
How often should I get a treatment ?
First of all, it should be remembered that it takes 3 months to produce healthy sperm and one month to produce a healthy egg.
I recommend that you get one treatment a week for the first 2 months and then every 2 weeks for the 3rd month. The treatment is tailored to your cycle and each week will be a different routine. This helps to bring the hormones in to balance.
Why not include these treatments with your Fertility Reflexology
Because not all fertility issues are physical ones, I recommend an integrative approach to fertility. That is why I have trained and am fully certified in both the Fertile Body Method and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping). These techniques allow us to explore any mental or emotional blocks that may be getting in the way of you conceiving your baby. You can add these on to your Fertility Reflexology treatment or you can book them as standalone sessions also.
Fertile Body Method
Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)
Private Health Insurance - Are you Covered ?
Claim Back from your Private Health Insurance:
As I am a member of the National Register or Reflexologist in Ireland (NRRI) you are entitled to claim back part/full payment of your treatment from your Private Health Insurance. You should contact them first to see what your entitlement is. It depends on the plan you are on.