Aug 272014
 

Infertility may be defined as the diminished or absent ability to conceive and bear offspring. A couple is considered to be experiencing infertility if conception has not occurred after 12 months (length of time varies from place to place) of sexual activity without the use of contraception. At this point a couple may be guided towards clinical assessment and medical investigation to determine if there is any underlying pathology in either the male or the female. This investigation may then lead to appropriate medical intervention to assist conception.

According to statistics one third of all cases of failure to conceive are due to unknown causes. In instances such as these the reason can sometimes be due to the stress and tension of everyday life and/or the anxiety associated with trying to conceive. The adage ‘you can’t get pregnant unless you relax and you can’t relax because you can’t get pregnant’ often becomes a reality for many women.

The stress and anxiety associated with the failure to conceive can be overwhelming. When the body is under stress it produces epinephrine and cortisol which are often referred to as the ‘stress hormones’. The endocrine system works in conjunction with the nervous system to maintain peak bodily function by regulating the levels of hormones in the body. If the endocrine system is not functioning correctly the body’s ability to maintain an adequate hormonal balance may be seriously undermined and as a result the capacity to reproduce may be impaired.

Reflexology can help on a physical, mental and emotional level. Reflexology treatment in general can help promote relaxation, decrease anxiety and assist in creating a positive outlook. Fertility Reflexology can also help to balance the endocrine system and so help improve the functioning of the reproductive system.

Regular reflexology treatments can help restore physical and emotional harmony. This in turn can often impact positively on the process of natural conception. Such a state of wellbeing can also aid in building up the physical body and preparing the mind for medically assisted fertility procedures if they are desired.

Reflexology is a holistic therapy. Holistic therapies are concerned with the treatment of the whole person rather than the treatment of any one specific illness or malady. As such it is interactive and takes into consideration the emotional, mental, social and physical well-being of the individual.

The treatment works towards bringing the body into a state of balance, encouraging all the body’s systems to work to their optimum.

 

Can Reflexology help me to conceive?

Reflexology cannot guarantee a pregnancy; it can, however, create a healthier environment for a possible pregnancy to occur by encouraging the body to work more efficiently.
Fertility Reflexology can help promote a deep sense of relaxation and can be very effective in relieving stress which is important when trying to prepare the body for conception.
There is no doubt that reflexology can be an extremely relaxing experience and may help reduce stress which is often a key concern for people with fertility issues.

 

Benefits:

  • Reduces stress and induces relaxation.
  • Provides a safe space and time to discuss fertility issues.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Aids in stimulating the endocrine system to help with hormonal imbalance.
  • Improves circulation in both the blood and lymphatic systems.
  • Encourages elimination of toxins and waste.
  • Activates and stimulates the body’s own healing system.
  • Revitalises energy.
  • It is beneficial for both male and female.

 

Note:

In addition to my more general Reflexology training I have undertaken training relating particularly to the subject of fertility. I use a number of subtle techniques which are aimed specifically at boosting the endocrine system helping to balance hormonal levels. I also use breathing techniques and guided relaxation techniques to help induce relaxation and alleviate stress.

Infertility Reflexology is a completely natural and non-invasive treatment which stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and helps promote health and well-being.

 

Cost and Duration:

A Treatment lasts approximately 1 hour

Cost of Treatment: €50

Reflexology is covered by most healthcare providers, depending on your health plan.

 

To book an appointment:

Email: carmel@swanlaneyoga.com

Phone: 086 8162654


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Oct 192012
 
  • Reduces stress and induces relaxation.
  • Improves circulation in both the blood and lymphatic systems.
  • Encourages elimination of toxins and waste.
  • Activates and stimulates the body’s own healing system.
  • Revitalises energy.
  • Strengthens the immune system.


Who can benefit from reflexology?

Reflexology is suitable for persons of all ages.

Reflexology can aid in the recovery of a vast range of ailments including

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Neck and Shoulder problems
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress

 

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What will happen when I go for a treatment?

The first visit consists of a full personal consultation.

This takes your past and present health history and lifestyle into consideration.

The consultation enables the therapist to tailor a treatment to your specific needs.

As it is the feet which are generally treated you simply remove your socks and shoes. You will be invited to sit or lie on a comfortable treatment chair or couch.

 

How long will a reflexology treatment last for?

A treatment lasts for approximately one hour.

 

What should I do after a treatment?

To gain maximum benefit from a treatment it is advisable to rest and relax as much as possible afterwards in order to allow for the activation of the body’s natural healing abilities.

An increase in fluid intake (water preferably) is recommended as this helps flush out toxins thereby aiding the detoxifying process.

 

 How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?

After one or two treatments the body may respond in various ways:

  • You may experience a sense of well-being and/or relaxation.
  • You may experience a feeling of vitality and energy.
  • You may feel lethargic
  • You may feel slightly nauseous
  • You may feel vaguely tearful.

All these sensations are transitory and normal. They are an integral part of the healing process.

It is vital to register and record these reactions as they are necessary feedback for the reflexologist in that they provide information on how your body is responding to treatment. Further, this information will assist the reflexologist in modifying a treatment plan which meet your healthcare needs.

 

On completion of a course of treatments (for a specific condition) people frequently find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

 

“I believe strongly in the healing power of touch and so it gives me great joy to help others to heal”.

 

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Oct 182012
 

What will happen when I go for a treatment?

The first visit consists of a full personal consultation. This takes your past and present health history and lifestyle into consideration.

The consultation enables the therapist to tailor a treatment to your specific needs.

Are there any reasons why I would not be able to have a treatment ?

It is not advisable to have a treatment if you have a fever; if you have eaten a heavy meal within an hour before the start of your treatment or if you have consumed alcohol in the 24 hours before the treatment.

Can I talk during a treatment ?

Yes, you can talk during a treatment if you wish, it is your personal choice. It is however advisable to relax in the peace and quiet away from the demands and stresses of everyday life. After all, it is rare that we have an opportunity to lie down, close our eyes and simply ‘be’.

However if you have any questions either at the beginning, during or at the end of the treatment you are encouraged to ask.

If you feel any discomfort during the treatment, for example if the pressure being applied is either too much or not enough, then please let the therapist know.

What happens at the end of a treatment ?

At the end of the treatment you may be given advice about what you can do to maintain or improve your body’s equilibrium e.g. increase your water intake.

 

Oct 182012
 

Pregnancy Reflexology is a natural non-invasive healing therapy which can be used safely during pregnancy and labour. 

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life, as the baby develops and grows, he/she can put strain on the mothers changing body.

Reflexology is a wonderful therapy, which can help alleviate many of the common pregnancy symptoms. Having regular reflexology treatments helps to bring about balance and harmony to the body, reduce stress and promote relaxation

 

Benefits of Reflexology

  • A reduction in morning sickness, all day sickness and vomiting which persists past the three month stage of pregnancy. Reflexology is recommended by the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin for this problem.
  • Helps relieve heartburn and indigestion, constipation and haemorrhoids, low back pain, labour sciatica and symphysis pubis dysfunction.
  • Helps with fluid retention
  • Better sleep
  • Improved energy levels
  • Prepares the body for labour by balancing the body systems, especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.
  • The length of labour can be very much reduced by having regular reflexology treatments in the weeks prior to the expected date of delivery.
  • Reflexology can be used during labour to help boost energy levels, and it aids deep muscle relaxation between contractions. It helps with pain control by stimulating the production of natural endorphins. Partners can be taught the areas of the foot to treat during labour.
  • After the birth, Reflexology babies are very calm, suckle better and are less prone to colic.

 

There is growing evidence that new mothers who have a few treatments after the birth of their baby have a faster recovery rate and less chance of developing post natal depression.

It is advisable to wait until you are 12 weeks pregnant before you avail of a reflexology treatment.

Reflexology is now covered by most health insurers depending on your health care plan.

Cost and Duration:

A Treatment lasts approximately 45 mins.

Cost of Treatment: €50

To book an appointment:

Email: carmel@swanlaneyoga.com

Phone: 086 8162654


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Oct 112012
 

Reflexology is a natural therapy believed to have originated in China and Egypt over 5,000 years ago.  

It is an non-invasive treatment which stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and so helps promote health and well-being. It is frequently used in conjunction with conventional medicine to aid recovery from disease or illness. It can also function as a maintenance programme for a healthy body.

Reflexology is a holistic therapy. The word ‘holistic’ (noun: holism) relates to or is concerned with the treatment of whole systems (e.g. the entire body) rather than the treatment or dissection/analysis of it’s parts. As such it is interactive and takes into consideration the emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs and well-being of the individual.

Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas (or pressure points) on the feet and hands which correspond to specific organs and systems within the body as a whole. The Reflexologist will use hand and finger techniques to apply precise pressure to these reflex areas or pressure points. These techniques can affect the organs and internal systems of the body in a positive way and so restore normal functioning and promote health.

It is vital that we as individuals take as much responsibility as possible for our own health. Reflexology can help us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.

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Benefits of Reflexology


Our feet connect us to the earth. They ‘root’ us in our world and so it is vital that we properly care for them in order to keep this foundation strong and stable. Our feet and toes are essential elements in body movement. Our toes (most especially the big toe) help us balance and move with solidity and maintain equilibrium. The body lines up over the feet; if a foot goes out of alignment then the ankle, knee, pelvis and back follow suit. Therefore, perfect alignment is an integral part of physical health.

Cost and Duration:

A Treatment lasts approximately 1 hour

Cost of Treatment: €50

To book an appointment:

Email: carmel@swanlaneyoga.com

Phone: 086 8162654


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Oct 052012
 

Holistic massage is a treatment that is specifically tailored to each client. The word ‘holistic’ means whole so this form of massage aims to treat the whole person and takes into account the emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of the individual.

 

The holistic therapist uses the therapeutic application of ‘touch’ to manipulate the soft tissue of the body, particularly the muscles. The therapy seeks to re-balance the body so it achieves homeostasis or balance .

 

Benefits of Massage:

  • Reduces stress
  • Promotes relaxation and encourages sleep
  • Improves skin tone, elasticity and colour.
  • Relieves muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness.
  • Calms the nervous system and improves circulation.
  • Releases tension.
  • Helps clear lactic acid and so helps reduce pain and stiffness in muscles.
  • This treatment also lifts the spirit on an emotional level and can help to reduce stress in cancer patients.

 

Cost and Duration:

A Treatment lasts approximately 1 hour

Cost of Treatment: €40

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Oct 012012
 

During Hot Stone Massage, smooth, flat stones (usually basalt) are heated to around 55 degrees Celsius. Some of the heated stones are used by the therapist to massage and work the muscles of the body. Others are placed on key energy points on the body. The heat from the stones permeates and relaxes the muscles allowing the therapist to work without using deep pressure. It is therefore suitable for those who prefer a light massage.  

Benefits:

  • Induces a state of deep relaxation.
  • Reduces aches and pains.
  • Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Releases toxins.
  • Improves circulation
  • Alleviates stress


Cost and Duration:
A Treatment usually lasts for approximately one hour and thirty minutes.
Cost of Treatment:   €75 per session

To book an appointment:

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Phone: 086 8162654



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Oct 012012
 

Indian Head Massage is derived from an ancient healing system practiced throughout India for thousands of years. Traditional Indian head massage  was usually practiced by women and was restricted to the head and hair. However over the years it has become increasingly popular in the west and the treatment now includes massage of the scalp, face, ears, neck, shoulders, and upper arms. Indian head massage is a safe, simple, yet effective treatment that aims to restore balance and harmony to mind, body and spirit. 

Benefits:

  • Relieves anxiety and stress
  • Aids muscular relaxation
  • Improves sleep
  • Relieves headache, sinusitis, insomnia and migraine
  • Promotes hair growth.


Cost and Duration:
A Treatment usually lasts for approximately forty five minutes.
Cost of Treatment:   €40 per session

To book an appointment:

Email: carmel@swanlaneyoga.com

Phone: 086 8162654


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