Could reflexology relieve your TTC stress?

Reflexology

by Sophie Knight |

Find out more about how this trigger point therapy can help you relax while you are trying to conceive.

If you’re trying to conceive, you will know how stressful the process can be if becoming pregnant doesn’t happen as quickly as you’d hoped.

The longer you’re trying to conceive, the more stressed and anxious you can become – which in turn can be detrimental to your fertility.

Reflexology can reduce this stress and help your conception journey.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is based on the theory that different points and areas on the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears correspond with different areas of the body.  Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing, which can help you to cope better and can ease the stresses of modern life.

Receiving reflexology when you’re trying to conceive offers you time to purely on yourself, and a time to express your anxieties and stresses.  Reflexologists work holistically and can provide general lifestyle advice and support to their clients to help support their conception journey.

Try hand reflexology 

Follow this step-by-step guide to giving yourself hand reflexology, for 5 minutes a day. Fit it into your daily routine, perhaps when you have a morning cuppa or while you’re watching TV in the evening. Alternatively spend time with your partner and work on each other’s hands. Perform these moves on both hands:

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Place your thumbs on the solar plexus reflex point which is good for calming, this is situated in the centre of the palm, take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe in push gently into the reflex point. If you are doing this on yourself do one hand at a time.

Where can I find out more about reflexology?

For more information on reflexology, visit the Association of Reflexologists’ website.  There are interactive hand and foot maps, plus YouTube videos on how to carry out hand reflexology. If you feel like trying a full reflexology treatment, there is a ‘find a reflexologist’ search, where you can put in your postcode to find a well-trained and insured reflexologist local to you.