Sharron Roughton has a keen interest in working within the field of women’s health and reflexology.
Here is a list of the services she provides:
1. Pre-Conception care
Enhancing general health in preparation for conception. Supporting you safely and effectively to enhance your natural fertility. Reflexology may help couples with fertility problems by promoting blood circulation around the body, strengthening the immune system, balancing the hormone production necessary for conception to occur and promoting good strong health and vitality in the reproductive organs, which includes helping to regulate periods, promote ovulation, reduce PMS, reduce the chances of miscarriage and also help increase sperm quality and quantity. Fertility problems can be very stressful and a course of reflexology can also provide the relaxation needed to help return the body to its natural balance ready for parenthood.
Ideally 3 months is the best time for couples to start preparing, as it takes this long to produce healthy sperm and 1 month for a healthy egg. Ideally both the male & female partners would have treatments, particularly in the cases of unexplained infertility.
An increasing number of women have found that the ancient art of reflexology can make a difference. Many believe that regular treatments helped them become pregnant. Reflexology is based on the principle that certain reflex points on the feet are directly linked to different organs of the body. When the points on the foot are stimulated by massage, it is thought that this then stimulates the corresponding organ.
Reflexology may enhance fertility by improving blood circulation throughout the body, and encouraging the elimination of toxins, aid relaxation and reduce stress, all factors that may affect the body’s natural cycle and balance. Ultimately this can have a positive effect on wellbeing and encourage the body’s natural healing, and best possible conditions for conception to occur.
In order to have maximum effect, the therapist must consider the patient holistically, identifying if anything else is happening that may be preventing pregnancy occurring. Stresses or worries at home or work, for example, can negatively impact on the body’s equilibrium, and lifestyle factors – diet, exercise and water intake – must also be considered.
Some years ago a Devon-based reflexologist, Jane Holt, was involved in the setting up of a randomised controlled research trial at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, ‘to determine the effectiveness of reflexology in ovulation induction’. Around 30 women, from a total of roughly 100, apparently became pregnant – but detailed results of this very small survey are sadly hard to come by, so anecdotal evidence is the best that we can do at present.
Although a small study it is also supported by some hospitals and midwives:
2. Supporting the Maternity Journey through Pregnancy and Labour.
A reflexology treatment during pregnancy allows time for you to relax and put your feet up. As your body is going through many changes, physically, hormonally and emotionally, reflexology will support you at every stage of your pregnancy, offering you a sense of calm, relaxation and usually an improvement in your sleeping.
For those who are pregnant – reflexology helps to relieve pregnancy symptoms such as back pain, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and swollen legs. Many women enjoy reflexology throughout their pregnancy to help stay relaxed and prepare for their body changes and their new baby – and some use it encourage labour if they are near or past their due date. It’s thought that it may stimulate the release hormones to encourage the body to naturally get labour started. Midwives and Health Care Professionals are warming towards the benefits of reflexology.
As with many branches of complementary medicine, the results of reflexology can’t easily be quantified, but there there are clear benefits, including reducing the stress and anxiety when trying to conceive, to possibly aiding conception and balancing wellbeing. Fertility and Pregnancy can sometimes be a complex and difficult journey for some.
3. Menopause Transition.
Supporting women through the natural life cycle of Peri-Menopause, Menopause, and beyond. Reflexology is thought to help manage and improve the symptoms, and support your health and general wellbeing through this natural life cycle.
Before menopause, a woman’s periods typically become irregular, which means that periods may be longer or shorter in duration or be lighter or heavier in the amount of flow. During this time, women often experience hot flashes; these typically last from 30 seconds to ten minutes and may be associated with shivering, sweating, and reddening of the skin. Hot flashes often stop occurring after a year or two. Other symptoms may include vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, and mood changes. The severity of symptoms varies between women.
Menopause, is the time in most women’s lives when menstrual periods stop permanently, and they are no longer able to bear children. Menopause typically occurs between 49 and 52 years of age. Medical professionals often define menopause as having occurred when a woman has not had any vaginal bleeding for a year. It may also be defined by a decrease in hormone production by the ovaries. In those who have had surgery to remove their uterus but still have ovaries, menopause may be viewed to have occurred at the time of the surgery or when their hormone levels fell. Following the removal of the uterus, symptoms typically occur earlier, at an average of 45 years of age.
4. NeuroEndoPsychoImmunoPody (NEPIP)
NEPIP is a unique treatment routine. This is an effective treatment working with the nervous, endocrine, and immune system with powerful focussed intent in the form of client guided visualisation. This unique treatment approach has been very popular in helping improve mood, aid sleep and relieve pain and tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing. This advanced treatment can be useful in improving symptoms of Stress, Migraine and Pain and much more.
Reflexology and Stress
Stress in the workplace is very common today, as is the impact of this on our daily living, this advanced Reflexology Treatment, enables a link between therapist and patient to help channel and enable self healing with guided visualisation.
Reflexology and Migraine
There are a host of alternative treatments available for migraine. Reflexology for migraine, is gaining more attention as people look outside of traditional medicine for help. Reflexology has a long history of pain treatment, and so has been tried for various types of headaches. Migraine is more complex that a simple headache, or simply pain. Reflexology attempts to treat the body and not just the symptoms.
How effective is it? Perhaps the best known study of reflexology for migraine was done in the mid-90s in Denmark. 220 patients were in the trial, and 16% saw drastic improvement of their symptoms. 65% believed that reflexology had been some help.
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