Reflexology

January 2015



Having struggled with unexplained infertility for many years I started IVF and decided to turn to Reflexology for support.
From the moment I spoke to Ann on the phone I felt a connection and felt listened to. I always felt Ann went out of her way to work around my hectic IVF schedule and work commitments and I would look forward to the precious treatments.
Sadly that IVF & a second round failed but Ann was there throughout. Not only were the sessions great for rebalancing and helping my body cope with the barrage of drugs and hormones, but her support & ability to listen allowed me to share my worries and concerns.
Finally my 3rd round of IVF was successful and I am now 39weeks pregnant and yet again Ann has been there throughout the whole process.
Her professional knowledge of Reflexology, Reiki and the benefits of complementary therapies is extensive & she always goes out of her way to make useful& personal suggestions on lifestyle changes that have been crucial in improving my overall health.
Ann has also introduced me to the benefits of meditation & above all has been an amazing support over the last 2 years.
I have no doubts that without her treatments and care I would not have had the strength to go through 3 rounds of IVF so quickly as her treatments helped my body cope with the hormone changes.
I also believe that without the Reflexology my body would not have responded so well to the IVF process.
On a personal level Ann is a warm and genuine person who is exceptionally good at her job and I couldn't recommend her more highly.

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I began a treatment of reflexology when I was 6 months pregnant; mainly because I read about the many benefits it could provide during pregnancy. I was also practising yoga and did a course of hypnobirthing. I have always been petrified of child-birth so wanted to be as mentally & physically prepared as I could be.
The initial sessions were deeply relaxing and helped improve my sleep; even in the latter stages of pregnancy. It also really helped me relieve bloating/constipation. After each session, I felt deeply relaxed.
As I neared my due date, the sessions became more intense and really focussed on the womb and reproductive area. My due date came and went and I started getting very concerned about being induced as I had planned to have a home waterbirth.
I had a final session of reflexology when I was 10 days overdue and left the session feeling mild twinges/cramps in my stomach and that something was about to happen. That night my waters broke, in a trickle, and I went into labour 24 hours later. I had a relatively short 9 hour labour and my beautiful baby boy was born at home in a birthing pool as we had planned.
I believe the reflexology sessions I had helped me throughout pregnancy and definitely played a part in me being able to achieve a natural water birth.

Thanks for all your help.

LF

CLIENT # 2
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I am really thankful to Ann for helping me to get through a difficult time and I am convinced my regular reflexology treatments and Ann's inspiration were key to me getting my physical and emotional health back on track. As soon as I walked into her treatment room, with the lovely surroundings and peaceful music, I felt so calm. Ann is incredibly kind and spent time listening and tailoring the sessions specifically for me. I have learnt so much and feel so lucky to have met Ann and I would thoroughly recommend her, whether for medical and emotional issues or even for some well deserved pampering.

L x


CLIENT # 3
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I went to see Ann as my husband and I had been trying for a baby for many years, despite medical tests that concluded there was nothing wrong with either of us. We had unexplained infertility. We were both quite devastated by this. I had also been suffering from backache for many years. I overall felt unbalanced emotionally and physically. The sessions started with Ann asking about my history, reasons for coming... and from there the sessions started. I found the sessions extremely relaxing (I also had a lot of stress in my life at that time). I found my back improved immensely and I just generally felt better about my overall wellbeing. Ann was also great to chat to and this just added even more positively to the sessions. After .............? months of weekly sessions, to my absolute delight I found out I was pregnant. I am now 8 months pregnant and so very grateful. I really believe that the positive influence emotionally and physically of reflexology, seriously contributed to making my life a very happy one with a baby on the way. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is having problems conceiving. Husbands included in this too! It really puts your body back into balance and gives you time to reflect and destress.

Thank you Ann, from both my husband and I.

NC x



CLIENT # 4
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Dear Ann

I just wanted to say thank you for what you have done for me so far with our Reflexology sessions.

I first came to you in June 2010 after a cancelled IVF cycle. At the time I was feeling devastated, stressed and at a loss for what to do, to help things along for the next cycle.

Very soon after starting the sessions, I realised how relaxed and calm I was starting to feel! I also started thinking more positively about my situation (my husband and I were told, by the consultants, that our chances of having a our own child were very slim, due to my low ovarian reserve – which was a complete shock). Fast forward to May 2011 - I am now 16 weeks pregnant after a successful 2nd round of IVF! I do believe my Reflexology sessions had a big part to play in the process (I had good quality eggs/embryos too this time round, which helped, but that’s probably because I felt better in myself, emotionally and physically)! I’m looking forward to being able to start Reflexology again in a few weeks.

I find you very knowledgeable and professional and above all, compassionate and caring! I’m glad I had you on my side whilst going though the traumatic process that is IVF.

Kindest regards
Laura

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