Introduction to Reproflexology™ & its Role in enhancing natural fertility and treating subfertility and infertility alongside medical care
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The Origins of Reproflexology™
Reproductive Reflexology also known as Reproflexology™ although conceived and developed over the past twenty years by its pioneer Barbara Scott, has only relatively recently been attracting an increasing amount of interest from both holistic and allopathic worlds.
In the early days of Barbara Scott’s discovery, she tried and tested her theories with other reflexologists she knew as well as liaising with healthcare professionals with a special interest in fertility. As she developed each protocol, following the natural menstrual cycle through each week from Week 1 (the start of the menstruation bleed) to Week 2 (ovulation) to Week 3 (encouraging implantation) to Week 4 (supporting any implantation) she would use these protocols to see if they made a difference. Barbara found she was able to correct anomalies in menstrual cycles and clients were responding positively to her treatments.
Barbara’s new-born therapy was showing all the signs of being viable, so she took it a stage further and adapted the protocols for clients who had approached her while they were undergoing medical treatment for fertility. As she researched the world of medicated conception, she became more aware of the complexities involved with working with this client group as there was so much to learn and understand.
Over the years, Barbara Scott’s reputation for the effectiveness of her approach grew and began to be more widely used and accepted. By delivering her accredited course across the UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the increase in more qualified practitioners in this field of reflexology has meant that the therapy has been available to more clients wanting to try this emerging therapy, countrywide.
Noticing how her developing techniques were having a positive effect on her clients, word quickly got around and she would be approached by an ever increasing number of new clients, some with very complex fertility issues, many of whom were either waiting for or already in the care of reproductive clinics and had either already commenced or about to commence medicated assisted conception protocols (e.g. IUI, IVF, ICSI). Other clients who approached Barbara with perhaps less complex issues, whose fertility may have been compromised by stress factors or life style choices which could fairly readily be addressed and resolved, were given encouragement to find ways to tackle and manage these issues, taking charge of their health as well as taking part in Reproflexology™ trials.
Barbara has been teaching Reproflexology™ for over six years around the UK, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. She has also been invited to the REIN Conference in 2014 to be held in May in Madeira as a guest speaker to deliver a lecture on stress and fertility and the role Reproflexology™ can play in alleviating and managing stress and how it can thereby improve fertility.
It has been an absolute joy and privilege to be taught this incredible and unique therapy by its highly respected founder and conceiver, Barbara Scott, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this very complex field. I have gained so much from it and it has helped me to reach a much deeper understanding of female and male reproductive health and issues, the important role of lifestyle, work, pressures and stress at work, exposure to chemicals and the effects all these have on fertility, understanding the implications of poor diet and over-exercise on fertility, menstrual and sperm cycles, male and female hormones, ovulation indicators, the reproductive medicine clinical environment, medical testing, medicated protocols and what they mean for our clients, how they affect them, the ups and downs, the relationship between reflexology and fertility, how to treat, when to treat, when not to treat, when to refer, using caution, sensitivity and care, while applying strict protocols (Seren Guidelines) in the course of working with clients whether supporting their natural fertility or medicated protocols. My colleague, Harriet Combes (ARR Secretary) and I are currently being taught by Barbara to teach this course and we hope to start in 2015 when Barbara intends taking her courses abroad. We are currently editing Barbara’s forthcoming two publications, so watch this space…