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If you’re here, you likely are experiencing less than ideal health, maybe you haven’t found the resolution or answers you were looking for with Western Medicine alone, and you are looking for a Natural and Wholistic way of finding answers and achieving better health through whatever stage of life you are currently on.

I invite you to browse my site and if you are still left with questions and unsure of whether Reflexology is the answer for you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the information listed at the bottom of the page.

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Women’s Health

For many years, and today still in many cases, women are being treated with what is commonly referred to as “bikini medicine”. The premise is that women are exactly the same as their male counterparts, except for the parts that get covered up by a bikini!

With special training in Reflexology for Women’s Health, Reflexology allows us to look at the woman as a separate entity.

Women’s Health Reflexology allows us to deal with the changes that girls and women go through during every stage of life, from menarch to the fertile years to peri-menopause and beyond menopause. Teaching and encouraging the body to regulate it’s hormone production to come into a space of homeostasis (or balance). Opening once again the channels of communication between the brain and various organs and systems that may have been disrupted by any number of causes.

Women’s Health Reflexology allows us to deal with the areas in which a woman carries stress, which differ greatly from her male counterpart, and how those stresses affect her body.

Women’s Health Reflexology allows us to address how the stress affects a woman’s hormones, and vise versa, and how all of it is affected by her gut health.

Women’s Health Reflexology also allows us to assist in instances of Secondary Lymphedema (usually the result of damage to Lymph system or removal of Lymph Nodes due to trauma, surgery, radiation or infection). Primary (Heriditary) Lymphedema may also be relieved through Reflexology for Lymph Drainage, although there have not been many studies dedicated to this therapy in this application.

Fertility and IVF Support

ReproFlexology – the study and treatment of male and female reproductive and fertility conditions using Reflexology – is a specialist therapy that has been pioneered and carefully developed by Barbara Scott over 20 years.

The therapy can be applied as either a stand alone treatment to support natural conception or alongside fertility treatment to support IUI, ICSI or IVF and fertility drugs such as Clomid. 

A ReproFlexology Therapist is trained in very specialized treatment protocols to assist and resolve reproductive conditions that may be affecting your everyday life, (even if you are NOT trying to conceive), including but not limited to:

Male
Mumps
Low Testosterone
Varicocele
Vasectomy Reversal
Hydrocele
Prostatitis
Testicular Cancer
Low Sperm Count/Motility
Fragmented Sperm DNA

Female
Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Progesterone Deficiency
Heavy Bleeding (Menorrhagia)
Frequent Bleeds – less than every 25 days (Polymenorrhoea)
Inter Menstrual Bleeding
Loss of Bleeds – 6 months or more (Secondary Amenorrhoea)
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (aka: Metabolic Reproductive Syndrome)
Vaginismus
Cervicitis
Ovarian Cysts
Endometriosis
Fibroids
Salpingitis

Gloria became the first North American Reflexology Therapist Certified in ReproFlexology in August of 2016.

Maternity Support

Pregnancy is a very exciting and ever changing time in a woman’s life, as well as the life of her partner. But with that excitement come many inconveniences, and in some cases, health concerns. And unfortunately, sometimes pregnancy ends in a loss which is devastating to both mother and partner and can have emotional and physical ramifications for mother that need to be addressed.

The pregnant woman can be supported and nurtured SAFELY through all 4 trimesters by a properly educated Maternity Reflexology Therapist.

Studies have shown that Reflexology in pregnancy :
– Significantly reduced pain during labour (1, 2)
– Reduced the length of first stage labour (1, 2)
– Improved quality of sleep in post-natal women (3)
– Reduces the physical or psychological stressors in pregnancy which reduces complications such as pre-eclampsia, intra-uterine growth retardation, gestational diabetes, or pre-term labour (4)

Maternity Reflexology targets specific issues that can arise in Pregnancy with specialised protocols that are proven to help. Maternity Reflexology protocols include but are not limited to:

Miscarriage
Termination of Pregnancy

First Trimester:
Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Food Cravings
Fatigue
Breast Tenderness
Heartburn
Constipation/Diarrhea/Irritable Bowel
Headaches
Anaemia
Dizziness
Anxiety/Mood Swings/Depression
Sinus Problems
Bleeding Gums
Second and Third Trimester:
Backache
Rib Pain
Symphysis Pubis Pain
Breathlessness
Oedema
Heartburn
Hypotension/Hypertension
Sciatica
Gestational Diabetes
Hemorrhoids
Varicose Veins
Leg Cramps
Frequent Urination
Insomnia
Breech Baby
37+ Weeks:
Labour Priming
Pain and Stress Management in Birth
Retained Placenta
Postnatal:
After Vaginal Delivery
After Induction of Labour
After Forceps Delivery or Vacuum Extraction
After Multiple Births
After Precipitate Delivery
After Prolonged Labour
After Lower Segment Cesarean Section
Baby Blues
Post Partum Depression
Breast Engorgement
Lactation, Under Supply, Slow Let Down Reflex and Failure to Lactate
Lactation, Over Supply and Rapid Let Down Reflex
Suppression of Lactation
Mastitis
Nipple Tenderness/Trauma
Aching Joints and Muscles
Diastasis Recti Abdominis
Involution
Involution of the Uterus
After Pains
Subinvolution of the Uterus
Lochia
Offensive Lochia
Perineal Pain
Alimentary System
Normal Bowel Movements
Stress Incontinence
After General Anesthetic
After Epidural
Tension Headaches
PTSD, Unexpected Outcome or Emotionally Traumatic Delivery
Postnatal Care for Baby
Colic
Positing
Gastro_Esophagael Reflux
Vomitting
Constipation
Unsettled/Crying and with Pain causing Headaches
Crying, Emotional Distress, Angry Babies
Irritable & Highly Strung Babies
Poor Feeder, Sleepy Baby

References:
(1) VALIANI M ET ALL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour and primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310

(2) Dolation M ET AL (2011) The effects of Reflexology on Pain Intensity and Duration of Labour on Primiparas. Iran Red Crescent Medical Journal. 13(7) p478-479
(3) LI C-Y ET ALL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women, Midwifery. 27. p181-186
(4) TIRAN D, CHUMMUN H (2004) Complementary therapies to reduce physiological stress in Pregnancy. Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, 10. P162-167 Available online at www,sciencedirect.com 

Birth Support

Reflexology is a well proven therapy for use in the labour and delivery room to reduce labour times; especially in the 1st and 2nd stages, reduce pain and interventions, and support quicker healing and recovery times.

Reflexology for Birth Support allows for maximum relaxation during this very exciting time of your pregnancy, encouraging rest and recovery between contractions all the while encouraging the natural process of your body to ripen the cervix, open the hips and guide babe down the birth canal.

Reflexology and Acupressure can be used during 1st Stage of Labour as much and often as the birther wishes without the risk of negative side effect of many of the analgesics. It can also be used to support the effects of analgesics, and in cases where the birther is bed bound, can help the body to continue it’s very important function of “opening” through application of specific birth support protocols.

When Reflexology is not appropriate or the birther wishes a different type of support or encouragement, please be reassured that I am also a fully and professionally MACFE trained Doula and can function as a stand alone Birth Support Reflexology Therapist and Doula for your birth or I can also work as a support Doula in a situation where you have a preferred Doula but would also like some Reflexology Support for yourself and babe.

In situations of emergency or planned Cesarean Birth, a Birth Support Reflexology Therapist and Doula can immediately begin supporting your healing journey through application of specific post natal protocols which support the healing of different birth complications and situations while helping you to care for the new babe during this physically challenging time.

Infant Reflexology is also available if the birther wishes, to help support the nervous system of the new babe, support better feeding, and encourage better digestive health and sleeping.

A typical Birth Support Reflexology Therapist and/or Doula role would differ based on your personal needs. Please contact me to discuss what your needs might be and ask any questions you might have about this exciting and new (old) option of Birth Support.

Birth Support and PostPartum Protocols include but are not limited to:
37+ Weeks:
Labour Priming
Pain and Stress Management in Birth
Retained Placenta
Postnatal:
After Vaginal Delivery
After Induction of Labour
After Forceps Delivery or Vacuum Extraction
After Multiple Births
After Precipitate Delivery
After Prolonged Labour
After Lower Segment Cesarean Section
Baby Blues
Post Partum Depression
Breast Engorgement
Lactation, Under Supply, Slow Let Down Reflex and Failure to Lactate
Lactation, Over Supply and Rapid Let Down Reflex
Suppression of Lactation
Mastitis
Nipple Tenderness/Trauma
Aching Joints and Muscles
Diastasis Recti Abdominis
Involution
Involution of the Uterus
After Pains
Subinvolution of the Uterus
Lochia
Offensive Lochia
Perineal Pain
Alimentary System
Normal Bowel Movements
Stress Incontinence
After General Anesthetic
After Epidural
Tension Headaches
PTSD, Unexpected Outcome or Emotionally Traumatic Delivery
Postnatal Care for Baby
Colic
Positing
Gastro_Esophagael Reflux
Vomitting
Constipation
Unsettled/Crying and with Pain causing Headaches
Crying, Emotional Distress, Angry Babies
Irritable & Highly Strung Babies
Poor Feeder, Sleepy Baby