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Varicoceles

Varicoceles – what are they?

A varicocele is an enlarged varicose vein, or a bunch of them which affect the testicles. Usually there are some more visible veins in the testes, sometimes you can only feel them. They are more common the older you get.

Varicoceles affect the temperature of the testicles – making them warmer – which is a bad thing for sperm production. They are a common cause of lower sperm production or decreased motility, so can affect male fertility.

Commonly, nothing will be done about varicoceles unless they are causing considerable pain.

Varicoles can be uncomfortable – current NICE guidance recommends supportive underwear for management.

However, if you’ve already got warmer testicles, keeping them tucked up in cosy pants isn’t going to help with the temperature.

What can you do to improve sperm health and quality?

*Check out my 5 fertility tips for men.

*Keep the scrotum cool – specialist cooling pants are available from snowballsunderwear (this is one brand that I know of, there may be more).

*Contact a fertility specialist (me đź‘‹) to find out more steps you can take to reduce the impact of varicoceles. Targeted fertility reflexology can help ease the symptoms.

Have you got a varicocele? What have you been told about their management, or the effects on your fertility?

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What is PCOS?

What is PCOS / Poly Cycstic Ovary Syndrome?

PCOS is a whole body hormone condition, not just a period problem.

When follicle sacs within the ovaries fail to develop properly, they can cause cysts on the ovary surface (hence the term poly = many and cystic = follicles). These can interfere with ovulation because the hormones needed to support ovulation are not working correctly.

It’s relatively common for women to have polycystic ovaries – and in fact teenagers are very likely to have polycystic ovaries and be considered ‘normal’.

Not everyone with these types of cysts has PCOS – unless you also have raised levels of luteinising hormone (LH) and testosterone.

PCOS is really a group of symptoms, related to lack of ovulation and higher levels of male-type hormones (androgens).

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

Irregular or late bleeds (irregular bleeds are typical of cycles with NO ovulation)
Long bleeds
Excessive facial or body hair
Acne
Hair loss
Weight gain
Infertility

Commonly prescribed treatment options for PCOS include the contraceptive pill, anti-androgen drugs, and metformin.

Some of these will not be suitable if you are trying to conceive or want to get your cycles regulated in a more natural way. They also rely on knowing which type of PCOS is driving your condition – i.e. insulin-resistant, post-pill, inflammatory or adrenal.

As a fertility reflexologist, I use a holistic approach, which includes sharing information on nutrition, lifestyle changes and supplements. I use fertility reflexology to help your menstrual cycle rebalance, reminding your body what it needs to do to reduce your symptoms and get those hormones properly flowing.

How can you help yourself? Lots of different things can help, but as above, find out what kind of PCOS you have in order to make the right changes.

Need help with that? Get in touch via the ‘book now’ button, or click here.

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In the Press

I’m very excited to have an article featured in the Dorset Biz News today! You can read it here:

https://www.dorsetbiznews.co.uk/fertility-reflexologist-using-her-own-experience-to-help-others-is-able-to-continue-due-to-zoom/

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Reflexology for…. menopause

Let’s talk about menopause! Night sweats, day sweats, foggy head, interrupted sleep, totally un-plannable menstrual cycle, all the feelings….

It can completely change how you feel, and how you can cope. Lots of things can help – as a holistic therapist I can talk to you about simple lifestyle adjustments that can help you ride through this often stormy passage and give you tailored reflexology treatments to help your body balance itself.

Get in touch if you need to talk, email, call or book now!

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Fertility

Fertility. This is my big focus for 2019. Fertility has impacted not only my life, but so many friends too. 

Trying for a baby has to be one of the most stressful and heart-wrenchingly difficult things to do, especially if you’ve been told you have unexplained infertility, or if you don’t actually know why you’re not getting pregnant. 

I want to give my clients the best chance to improve their fertility and enhance the chances of successful conception, using reflexology as a holistic therapy for women and their partners.

This year, I am deepening my knowledge of reflexology, training with Barbara Scott – an amazing reflexologist who has developed specific fertility protocols, in conjunction with research which shows the effectiveness of this work. My training starts next week, and I can’t wait! I’ve added a new page of resources for you about periods, conception and more here.

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Reproductive Reflexology

I am pleased to announce that I am offering reproductive reflexology treatments, for couples aiming to improve their fertility naturally. This year I am working towards formal certification by the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, and I am currently looking for case studies, so if you would like to participate in my research, then I would love to hear from you!

My own experience of ‘unexplained infertility’ led me (via a winding route) to my present career as a reflexologist (and happily, to two children conceived naturally).

In my clinic I have met an increasing number of people who are having difficulties with conceiving, or presenting with fertility problems. I aim to assist couples who are trying to conceive and achieve their goal of having their own children, whether that be naturally or by assisted conception.

It can be stressful and expensive to get help to get pregnant, with many NHS fertility clinics now restricting or not providing treatments due to funding cuts. Private treatment can be prohibitively expensive, and again, can be limited in certain areas. Complementary therapies such as reflexology can offer help and support, at a fraction of the cost, and work to support your body’s systems. Treatments work with any conventional medicine/therapy that you may be undergoing, or as stand-alone therapy.

I am happy to treat individuals and couples (however they are structured) at any stage of their fertility journey, either to enhance your general wellbeing before trying for a baby, if you are experiencing problems with conception, and if you need guidance and help throughout a pregnancy.

I look at each case individual, and treatments will vary from person to person, depending on their circumstances. If you would like to discuss fertility/conception reflexology with me, then please get in touch. I’ve just added a page of resources and links that you might like to visit – here.

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Kids Reflex

For parents and carers

Learn simple reflexology techniques, and use routines specially designed for you and your baby by experienced reflexologist and author Susan Quayle (who wrote the successful children’s reflexology book ‘The Mouse’s House’ which the workshop is based on).

NEW COURSE STARTING JUNE 2018 – CLICK FOR DETAILS

You and your child are welcomed to a small, adaptable and baby led class, where you will learn life-long parenting skills to soothe, nurture and calm your baby.  The course combines positive bonding with the healing qualities of reflexology, taught to you by a qualified reflexologist with a special interest in early years development and learning.

This innovative award winning programme uses rhymes, story telling and beautiful illustrations to engage you and your child, making it easy to learn and remember the techniques presented.  The workshop is run over six informal sessions, and includes full colour course notes and a copy of The Mouse’s House. You also receive a beautiful personalised certificate of attendance at the end.

Because classes are baby led, you may find you need to feed or let your baby sleep during the sessions – don’t worry – all the instructions are covered in your handouts, and we repeat many of the moves each week so you have plenty of time to learn the routines.  I am always available for questions after a session if you are unsure of anything we covered during a class.

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Reflexology and pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, or trying to conceive, reflexology can help you feel relaxed, improve your mood, relieve tension, have better quality sleep and enjoy a sense of wellbeing during pregnancy.

During conception and pregnancy, reflexology aims to optimise the physical and emotional health of pregnant women.

It works holistically – your reflexologist can provide general lifestyle advice and support you throughout your pregnancy.  Reflexology can be used safely throughout the pregnancy (a qualified reflexologist will always take a full history to ensure that it is safe and appropriate to carry out treatments).

Recent studies have shown that women who have had regular reflexology through pregnancy can have shorter labours, with less pain during labour, fewer postpartum haemorrhages, better quality sleep after delivery – and babies benefit too, with better Apgar scores. All these factors can contribute to better birth and post-birth experiences for mothers.

Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, the general view is that it will help to support the body in preparation for labour and promote relaxation when anxiety levels are often high.

Who is it for?

Pre-conception – both partners can receive treatments aimed at boosting fertility, preparation for pregnancy, relieving anxiety and more.

Mums – during pregnancy – treatments can help to ease common complaints such as indigestion, skeletal issues (eg. backache), anxiety, tiredness. It can also can help with more complicated issues like pubis symphysis, swelling in lower limbs and depression. Reflexology can be given for birth/labour preparation, and even during the early stages of labour. After birth reflexology may help you with bruising, lactation, tiredness and emotional overload including post partum depression.

Partners – to help with relaxation both before the birth.  You could also learn to give your birth partner some reflexology during the labour, as often you can feel like there isn’t much you can do to help. You can carry on giving these treatments to your partner after the birth, which may help with re-bonding as a couple, and give you some together time, which is very important.

Babies – can receive reflexology safely from birth. Gentle stimulation of reflexes through touch has many benefits – including aiding breathing straight after delivery, improving circulation, feeding and of course, bonding. Touch is the most available sense to babies, which is why skin to skin contact has so many benefits. Anyone can learn to give baby gentle treatments – so it is possible to involve the wider family circle if desired.

If you’re interested in having reflexology during pregnancy, then I would be delighted to work with you.  I will tailor a treatment plan package for your needs, focusing on what’s important to you.  You will have support throughout your pregnancy and beyond, with this powerful and gentle therapy.

All reflexology treatments include a consultation and health review, with personalised home care advice to reinforce the healing benefits between sessions.

Let’s start a conversation:

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Continuing Professional Development

Earlier this week, due to a rainy morning and a child off school, I was busy updating my CPD folder.

As a member of two professional organisations (Association of Reflexologists, and the Federation of Holistic Therapists), I have to commit to a minimum level of continuing professional development (CPD) every year.  This means that I can continue to be a member of those organisations, and that I am always learning about reflexology, its applications, research and developments.

As the AoR say in their code of ethics ‘The mark of a professional is that they are willing to continually update and expand their knowledge and skills to give the best to their clients’.  As a full member, it is compulsory to have a minimum level of CPD hours completed every year.

Some of my learning for development this year :

I have undertaken training in teaching reflexology for babies to parents and carers, taken part in a research study with the AoR, gained a nutrition and health qualification, and I am currently learning about reflexology to support fertility, conception and maternal health.

All this means for you is that I am keeping up-to-date with learning and current practice, in order to bring that understanding to my appointments with you.  Always check that you are seeing someone qualified to a nationally recognised level, and that they are a member of a professional regulatory organisation to make sure that you get the best treatments.

I wish you all the very best for the Summer (although today looks fairly horrible!) and hope to see you soon.