What is natural and straightforward for one couple, is one of the most complex challenges in life for another. An emotional rollercoaster, with ups and downs each month. Some couples may be aware of a potential health problem and consciously start working on resolving it before planning a pregnancy. Others have no idea that there could be an issue when they embark on this journey.
There are numerous possible reasons for reduced fertility, including PCOS, endometriosis, irregular cycles (with too short follicular or luteal phases), myoma, cysts, emotional complaints, low-quality follicles, insufficient endometrial lining, (multiple) miscarriages, reduced sperm quality, low sperm motility… And sometimes there is no apparent reason. This uncertainty makes the whole process even more emotionally exhausting.
How can reflexology help?
Many couples that are struggling with fertility, are seeking support in complementary therapies like reflexology to promote their health and find a sense of control during this challenging period.
By applying pressure to different points and zones on the feet, reflexology can improve your well-being, and by reducing physical and psychological barriers, it increases your chances to conceive.
The goal of reflexology treatments will depend on your situation, and can focus on
- Enhancing overall hormonal balance
- Optimizing the ovulation
- Regulating the menstrual cycles so that the follicular / luteal phases become long enough
- Improving egg/sperm quality
- Strengthening of the endometrial lining to support embryo implantation
- Reducing pain/complaints related to the cycle
- Unblocking fallopian tubes
- Supporting during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (and beyond)
- Reducing stress and overwhelm, taking care of your mental and emotional health
Whether you are in a natural cycle or you are following an assisted protocol at your hospital, reflexology can support both you and your partner.
What do treatments look like?
We always do an intake with targeted questions first, so that I know more about you in order to draw up a suitable treatment plan. The sessions consist of auriculotherapy (ear reflexology) and regular reflexology including meridians on the lower legs.
In addition to reflexology, I will also offer you a lot of extra support in the field of lifestyle choices, nutrition, breathing etc.
While there is no guarantee of pregnancy, I am happy to support you increasing your fertility naturally.
When is it recommended to start treatments and how often?
Ideally, you can start coming as soon as you feel you could use some extra support during your journey. Regular treatments for about 3 full cycles can already do a lot for hormonal balance.
I suggest scheduling 2 treatments each month in the follicular phase (before ovulation, where 1 out of the 2 treatments is as close to ovulation as possible), and at least 1 in the luteal phase.
The first appointment with intake takes about 90 minutes, including a first treatment. After that, each regular session lasts about 50 minutes, and sometimes we will plan extended sessions of 70 minutes to include ear reflexology or to learn a breathing technique etc. We will always discuss this in advance so you are aware of the costs.
If you are at the beginning of your fertility journey (but also if you are not), I am offering a package of 10 treatments covering a 3 months period. This provides optimal preparation and support for your body (and mind) before pregnancy. Please contact me for more information if you are interested in booking the package option.
Is reflexology also helpful when in a IUI, IVF of ICSI project?
Absolutely. Best is to start regular treatments about 3 months before your first medical intervention. In this case we do not work on the hormones, and reflexology is applied as complementary support. There is more focus on the egg collection, embryo transfer and relaxation afterwards (While following the protocol, 2 treatments per cycle are recommended).
Do you have further questions? Send me an e-mail or call me and we can discuss further details.
"I came to Adrienn when trying to conceive our first child. I am in my mid 30s and found out I have a rather low AMH level for my age, so I thought that it will take long for me to get pregnant, if at all. I read somewhere that reflexology can help with getting pregnant, so decided to try it, and after a quick google search I found Sole in Balance.
What pleasantly surprised me with Sole in Balance is that Adrienn has a deep knowledge of reflexology therapy. She tailors it specifically to your needs, and the intake appointment starts with a detailed discussion of your complaints and wishes. Adrienn prepares for every appointment, targeting specific zones during it. The therapy has an amazing relaxing effect, yet it does not feel as a mere feet massage - the technique is different from a simple feet massage. I always leave with a great mood after reflexology with Adrienn.
I would like to say, that I got pregnant already on my second cycle while having regular reflexology appointments with Sole in Balance. I also carried on with the treatments throughout my pregnancy to battle some of the pregnancy symptoms, and also right before the delivery, and have recently gave birth to a healthy baby 🙂 i don't know if reflexology helped me to get pregnant, but it certainly did not harm. It definitely helped me to relax which is also very important when trying to conceive.
Finally, a few words about Adrienn. She is a great reflexologist with amazing hands, highly professional and yet very nice and pleasant person who creates comfortable and trusting atmosphere. I wish her practice to blossom further, and I will be definitely coming more!" (Bri D.)
"On the advice of a friend, I started reflexology with Adrienn to support my fertility journey (IUI treatments), which resulted in a successful pregnancy the next cycle (after struggling to get pregnant for several years). I'm not sure if it caused the pregnancy, but I feel that it supported my body to relax and get the blood flowing. Also during my pregnancy, Adrienn supported me with treatments tailored to my situation and needs. Adrienn is a very knowledgeable and pleasant person and also a very good listener. I always feel better when I leave than when I arrived. I cannot thank Adrienn enough for her support during this special time in my life!" (Rebecca V.)