Thyroid and Fertility, a Testimonial

Dawna is an early 20’s woman who knew since she was a little girl that she wanted to be a Stay At Home Mom with a house full of children.

Shortly after the birth of her 2nd child, Dawna’s thyroid function went off the scales and Western Medicine struggled to stabilize it. She was advised that she would not be able to conceive again while on Thyroid medication and her Thyroid fluctuating so wildly.

Dawna approached me to see if Reflexology could help her.

Using the highly evolved and evidence based Hormone Balancing Protocols of Barbara Scott’s ReproFlexology, I was able to facilitate Dawna’s body ability to stabilize itself and in 4 short weeks (not typical results) her levels were normal and she was able to regain control of her fertility.

Here is more, in Dawna’s words…

” I had my second child June of 2016 and after about 3-4 months I started losing a lot of weight really fast , I was concerned because I had already lost most of the “baby weight” and was now just losing more. I was losing about 18lbs every 2 weeks.

I ignored this though.

I was alway REALLY hot, like REALLLLLLY HOT.

Ignored that too thinking it was just my hormones.

Then my right eye started giving me problems. It would blink slower, close and stay closed and get super lazy. It would happen at about 8pm every night and with time it got earlier and earlier.

Finally I went and saw my dr and he tested my thyroid.

My levels were at 167 and are supposed to be under 4.

I was started on meds right away but had to give up breastfeeding due to the medication being unsafe.

The meds worked for a few weeks but then my levels went too low, and then too high and they never remained at a normal amount.

My dr knew I wanted to start trying to get pregnant soon, so they were trying everything to get the levels under control.

Nothing worked.

My son was almost about to turn one and I knew at his first birthday I wanted to start trying to conceive.

I reached out to Gloria and she told me she could help me, it would take 6 weeks of seeing her. 1 session a week.

I did it.

After 4 weeks my levels were tested and for the first time they were normal .

After my 6th session I decided to continue seeing her because I loved it so much.

April was the first month my levels were normal

May was the first month I had a normal period.

May is the month I got pregnant! My son hadn’t even turned one yet.

I was scared because of the risk of miscarriage with thyroid issues. I still am scared. But I’m 9 weeks pregnant and everything is going well so far, and I’m still seeing Gloria and my levels still remain normal.

The dr’s are shocked that my levels didn’t jump high with pregnancy.

Dawna “

Introducing the new Birth Support Reflexologist Pricing Package

As a Birthing Support Reflexologist, I want to ensure my clients have access to good prenatal care as well as good support at their birth and the best chance possible for a health pregnancy and their best birth.

In order to achieve this I am putting together a Birth Support Reflexology package that uses my old price structure as a guide. In essence, my Birth Support package will include 8 one hour Maternity Reflexology Appointments at $60 plus GST each (regular price $75.00) plus a birth attendance fee of $500 plus GST (standard rate in Manitoba is $650+ for a traditionally trained Doula) for a total of $980.00 plus GST (regular price $1221 plus GST).

Because the reasoning behind the 8 appointments is for regular and quality prenatal care leading to a healthier pregnancy and easier birth, the package will not be price reduced for less appointments. However, if you wish to add more appointments to your package, or a series of postpartum treatments to the package, they will also be available at the reduced price. The packages will be non-refundable but any appointments not used before the birth due to preterm birth will be transferred over to the postpartum period to be used within 6 months.

Payment terms would be in 2-3 equal payments, the first payment due at signing of Birth Support Agreement and the final payment due at 36 weeks or before I would go “on call” for your birth.

As usual, if you have any concerns about the pricing structure or payment terms, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, I value your input.

New Pricing Structure

I want to spend a few minutes speaking to a new pricing structure that I am moving forward with and my reasoning for the restructuring.

For the last 3.5 years, my hourly rate has remained the same even though the quality of treatment and training of the Therapist has increased significantly.

In 2016 I became the first North American Reflexology Therapist to become Certified in the highly effective ReproFlexology – Reflexology for Fertility course, out of South Wales.

This training gives my clients access to superior hormone balancing protocols for both men and women that has changed the landscape of Fertility Medicine and hormone balancing throughout the age groups. Specific protocols for dealing with PCOS, Endometriosis, Progesterone Deficiency, Cystic Ovaries (etc), Sperm Morphology or Motility, Testicular Cancer, Hydrocele or Varicocele, (etc) each one a separate protocol, so completely different than the routine reflexology taught in many of the North American Reflexology schools.

In 2017 I completed the Maternity Reflexology Course which provided superior skills and knowledge in Fertility, Maternity, Labour Priming, Birth Support, Postpartum and Baby Care by the Maternity Reflexology Consortium out of the UK.

These new courses and new focus on Women’s Health, Fertility, Maternity and Birthing Support bring along with them more prep time before each client, more research for each new diagnosis, more time reading hormone panels and semen analysis reports and staying up to date on newest tests and supplements, as well as regular monitoring of Fertility App Charts and unlimited text and email support for my clients, as many of you already benefit from.

And as much as I cannot separate myself from this new training and superior protocols, I know how much my clientele appreciates the effectiveness of these new protocols as I implement them in my regular sessions as required.

The new pricing structure will begin October 1 2017. Please see chart below for comparison. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about the new pricing structure. I would be happy to discuss any concerns with you.

Please head to janeapp.glorialaing.com to book your September appointments to take advantage of current pricing.

SERVICE OLD PRICE NEW PRICE
Traditional Reflexology 60 min $63.00 $75.00
Traditional Reflexology 90 mins $94.50 $112.50
Fertility Initial Consultation 90 mins $94.50 $112.50
Fertility Follow Up 60 mins $63.00 $75.00
Maternity Reflexology 60 mins $63.00 $75.00
Maternity Reflexology 90 mins $94.50 $112.50
Maternity Priming Reflexology 90 mins $94.50 $112.50

 

 

Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance

 

Hormone Balance, or imbalance, affects women across all the stages of menstrual life.

From the very beginning stages, a young woman approaching Menarche starts exhibiting signs of surging hormones, mood control issues, headaches, increased appetite, acne… fast forward to a woman who has been menstruating for a few years already and she is experiencing Pre Menstrual Symptoms like back pain, tender breasts, mood control issues, increased appetite, cyclical acne…. a New Mother, recently birthed and hormones having a hard time normalising, experiencing frequent bleeding well past the time of lochia, perhaps she is experiencing mood control issues as well and not sleeping well even when babe is sleeping, and a Peri Menopausal woman, night sweats, anxiety rushes, tender breasts, lack of sleep in luteal phase, loss of libido and all of the above symptoms as an added bonus… in the majority of cases these hormonal imbalances can be addressed and significantly improved if not resolved through natural medicines and natural foods.

Seed Cycling is one very easy and delicious way at addressing hormone imbalances.

Simply stated, the different types of seeds you eat during the different parts of your cycle have properties that will naturally begin balancing your hormones.

Now not every cycle is 28 days, as my clients know VERY well, [soapbox time] .

“Normal” cycles run from 21 to 35 days. To best calculate your follicular and luteal phases if you have a regular cycle, take your cycle length and subtract 12 or 14 (the number of days in an ideal luteal phase) to get the number of days in your Follicular Phase.

So if you generally have a 35 day cycle (give or take) you likely ovulate around Day 21-23. if you have a 21 day cycle you likely ovulate around Day 9-11.

If you are dealing with a more serious diagnosis like PCOS or Secondary Amenorrhea, this can still be VERY beneficial for you. You likely (especially if you are TTC) are already tracking your cycle in a Period Tracker of some sort (I recommend Kindara to all of my clients due to ease of use, adaptability and easy share function). Simply follow instructions for Follicular Phase until you have a positive ovulation indicator, then carry on Luteal Phase instruction.

So how does one go about Seed Cycling?

Here’s a cute infographic (that i couldn’t find an original source for so if someone knows, PLEASE educate me)

 

 

During your Follicular Phase (Start of Bleed until you Ovulate)
1 tbsp. freshly ground flax seeds: full of lignans that block any excess oestrogen.
1 tbsp. freshly ground pumpkin seeds: high in zinc which supports progesterone production.

During your Luteal Phase (After Ovulation until your next bleed)
1 tbsp. freshly ground sunflower seeds: high in selenium for hormone metabolism and liver detoxification.
1 tbsp. freshly ground sesame seeds: full of lignans that block excess oestrogen

Now, before you run out to your local Bulk Barn to load up on these tasty treats which are sure to send you into hormonal bliss, lets discuss FRESHNESS and ORGANIC!

I am not a huge pusher of organic, not because I don’t believe true organic is beneficial, rather because I know things marketed as organic AREN’T always, but they DO always carry a higher sticker price. So unless you are able to grow your own FRESH and ORGANIC seeds (and please, if you are, send some my way), find a reliable source for FRESH and ORGANIC seeds, like your local health food supplier (not grocery chain)… I stress FRESH because ground seeds lose their nutrients quickly enough that you don’t want something that’s been sitting around in barrels or bags for a long time. For maximum effectiveness, fresh is your best bet. I say (in this case) ORGANIC because why would we put something grown with hormone altering chemicals into our body as a way to regulate hormones… silly question, I know, you already thought of that yourselves because you are one smart group of readers!

Now, how do we consume these amazing hormone regulating tasty treats?

How about:
– on a bowl of hot breakfast cereal
– as a salad topper
– mixed into your 5% Greek Yogurt
– on top of that zucchini noodle coconut amino stir fry you just made

the possibilities are as endless as your Pinterest Search options..  now GO, DO!

Gloria Laing – Reflexology Therapist and Doula
Reflexology for Women’s Health, Fertility, Maternity, Birth Support