REFLEXOLOGY FOR SLEEP

SLEEP
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remember when you were a child and you fought your naps with every fibre of your being and now the only thing you truly wish to do is SLEEP?
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we underestimate just how important sleep is to all human function. sleep is required for system repair, brain function, hormone balance, stress relief, digestive work.. without the proper amount (recent studies are saying that with today’s Western lifestyle we should be getting NINE hours DAILY) we work in a continual deficit that affects our relationships, our moods, our productivity, and yes – our FERTILITY! it takes a physical toll on the body as well and we start experiencing aches and pains that we’ve not had before. our systems malfunction and after time we also lose the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, perpetuating the issue to a deeper degree
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REFLEXOLOGY is an exceptionally pleasant way to get back to sleep again. with Reflexology we can relax the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems to turn your brain off and switch your system into Neutral, we reset the Endocrine system and tap into the Pineal gland to start the Seratonin flowing freely again. We relax the Musculoskeletal system to remove any tension that might be holding you back from deep sleep and set you up for a proper rest.
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Px: take Reflexology as needed and sleep like a teenager 😉
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Photo by Kalegin Michail on @Unsplash

REFLEXOLOGY FOR MALE FERTILITY

THERE IS NO PILL THAT TREATS BROKEN SPERM!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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ever wonder why when there’s a sperm issue in a couple’s Fertility journey the doctors recommend IUI IVF or ICSI?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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ever wonder why we are performing surgery on one partner when the Fertility challenge lies with the other partner?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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why we are pumping unhealthy amounts of “hormones” into women – exposing them to very real and very frequent risk of Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (go ahead and google those consequences) just so an abnormal amount of eggs can be harvested and hopefully fertilized with these poor quality sperm?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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BECAUSE THERE IS NO PILL THAT TREATS BROKEN SPERM, and the medical world is left with no alternative but to do the above⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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and I don’t know if they just assume you GUYS aren’t willing or able or capable of doing the work.. but I have VERY GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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you don’t need a pill to fix your broken sperm (save for a genetic condition that renders you sterile or missing components like the vas deferens). you can completely turn around your own numbers in 90-100 days by taking ownership of your diet and lifestyle choices and seeing a ReproFlexology Therapist who can work naturally with your body to bring any condition into remission and amp up those sperm building hormones.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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they say a diagnosis of sterility for a male is on the same scale of devestation as a cancer diagnosis, psychologically. but it doesn’t have to remain that way. take back your Fertility, guys! 💙

RED CLOVER (trifolium pratense)

“One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scarring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion, too!”

Excerpt: @susunsweed nourishinginfusions.com/RedClover.html
Image: @unsplash / Timothy Dykes

OATSTRAW INFUSIONS

Susun Weed – one of the most active online herbalist pioneers, has been one of my best friends in the last few weeks (month). An incredible source of well balanced information in an easy to read format, she makes Herbalism and getting your nutrients from your food easy.
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I’ve been diving deep into the world of Infusions lately and have been so very pleasantly surprised at the strength of Water Medicines. Let’s see what Susun has to say about Oatstraw Infusions.
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“Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is the herb of longevity in the Auryuvedic system of India. It restores nervous system integrity, emotional flexibility, and sexual flow. Oats and oatstraw are exceptionally good at nourishing heart health and moderating cholesterol. Oatstraw infusion (not tea, not tincture, not capsules) provides lots of protein, all macro- and trace-mineral in high amounts, and very high amounts of B vitamins – excepting vitamin B12.
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A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods.
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Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood.
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Oatstraw infusion is another favorite of those who want to feel less anxious. Preparation is the same as for nettle infusion; remember to avoid tea bags and capsules.
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The taste of oatstraw is softer and more mellow; you will enjoy it warm with a little honey. It is especially useful for those whose anxiety is combined with excessive nervous energy.
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Oatstraw infusion builds deep energy for the next day, especially when you have been riding an emotional roller coaster. Oatstraw nourishes the nerves, easing anxiety and improving our ability to live with uncertainty.
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Oatstraw infusion has been an ally for depressed women since earliest times. Oatstraw infusions have helped when muscles lack minerals — especially calcium and magnesium”

NETTLE INFUSIONS

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)is a herb that strengthens the Kidneys and Adrenal Glands giving deep long lasting energy not found in caffinated beverages and greatly reducing Anxiety. It detoxifies the body and and helps to improve the nutrient uptake efficiency of your gut.
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In pregnancy, Nettle Tea (Infusion) is often recommended for women undergoing a particularly painful birth, it helps protect against excessive bleeding (due to it’s high Vitamin K content) and can act as a coagulant. It also helps stimulate the production of milk and makes the lactation process easier.
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Stinging Nettle relieves cramping and bloating associated with Menstruation and can reduce quantity of blood flow due to it’s astringent properties, and helps reduce water retention. For women undergoing Menopause, Stinging Nettle helps acts as a restorative and helps smooth the transition so the hormonal fluctuations aren’t as pronounced.
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The combination of high vitamin C and Iron content make it ideal for dealing with Anemia by stimulating red blood cell production. Stinging Nettle has also been successfully shown to be used in Inflammatory Conditions such as Rheumatic Arthritis, Chronic Muscle Pain and Gout (but also think Endometriosis)
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Stinging Nettle can also be used as a preventative for Prostate Health, but due to the path this treatment takes it cannot cure an already existing condition. Also, used with Palmetto – it can reduce the urge of frequent urination.
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Stinging Nettle is also widely used in treatment of hayfever and other allergies.
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There are no contraindications to the use of Nettle Leaf infusion. Nettle Root tea does have known side affects and drug interactions.
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If you drink 4-5 quarts of nettle infusion weekly, you can expect to see results within 3-6 weeks.
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Sources: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/stinging-nettle.htmlhttp://nourishingherbalinfusions.com/Nettle.html Book: Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar

MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY FOR FETAL POSITIONING⠀⠀⠀

Although we often focus solely on the bones of the pelvis when looking at Birth, Fetal Positioning is largely affected by unbalanced soft tissues within the Pelvis⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A Maternity Reflexology Therapist can target these soft tissues of the Pelvis, such as Psoas, Piroformis, and Iliacus Muscles as well as Broad, Round and the Utero Sacral Ligaments, to ensure they are balanced which encourages a centred Uterus and optimal Fetal Positioning for Birth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Optimal Fetal Positioning leads to quicker, easier Births with fewer Interventions. Who doesn’t want that?

HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM & MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY

70-80% of women experience some time of morning sickness with pregnancy. But Hyperemesis Gravidarum is an extreme case of morning sickness whose symptoms are listed as severe nausea & vomiting, weight loss of 5% or more of pre-pregnancy weight, food aversions, decrease in urination, dehydration, headaches, confusion, fainting, jaundice, extreme fatigue, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, loss of skin elasticity, secondary anxiety/depression and electrolyte imbalance. In some cases, Hyperemesis Gravidarum may be so severe that hospitalization is required.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY protocols help manage, and sometimes remove entirely, the symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry Leaf, sometimes referred to as a “woman’s herb” is an especially popular herb due to it’s possible benefits for pregnant women. There is also anecdotal evidence that suggests Red Raspberry Leaf helps relieve PMS symptoms such as cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Red Raspberry Leaf increases Fertility in both men and women, and is an excellent Fertility Herb when mixed with Red Clover.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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While Red Raspberry Leaf is generally a herb recommended for 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy to tone the uterus, it is also used by many women in the 1st trimester to help ward off nausea.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Other known benefits of Red Rasberry Leaf:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– very high in vitamins & minerals, supplying much needed nourishment to the partaker⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– helps to prevent Loss of Pregnancy and hemorrhage⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– reduces pain during labour and after birth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– assists in breast milk production⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– provides a safe and speedy birth all the while not increasing the intensity of the contractions but rather the efficiency of the uterus⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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– supports a faster metabolism⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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While Red Raspberry Leaf appears to be safe for everyone, there are some side effects to note:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– laxative properties could cause increased bowel movements and bladder voiding in some people⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sources: http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htmhttps://www.healthline.com/nutrition/red-raspberry-leaf-tea#pregnancyhttps://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/raspberry-leaf-tea.html

PRECIPITOUS BIRTH & MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY

Precipitous labor is defined as expulsion of the fetus within less than 3 hours of commencement of regular contractions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Regular Maternity Reflexology treatment throughout pregnancy brings balance to all systems of the body, dramatically reducing the risk of Precipitous Birth. In instances of multi-parous women who have previously experienced Precipitous Birth, specific protocols are available to help the body stabilize for the Birth process to avoid re-occurrence.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Source: PubMed: PMID: 25584099

(O)EDEMA & MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY

During normal pregnancy total body water increases by 6 to 8 liters, 4 to 6 liters of which are extracellular, of which at least 2 to 3 liters are interstitial (1 : situated within but not restricted to or characteristic of a particular organ or tissue —used especially of fibrous tissue). At some stage in pregnancy 8 out of 10 women have demonstrable clinical edema.
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Signs of edema include:
– Swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin, especially in your legs or arms
– Stretched or shiny skin
– Skin that retains a dimple (pits), after being pressed for several seconds
– Increased abdominal size
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Complications
If left untreated, edema can cause:
– Increasingly painful swelling
– Difficulty walking
– Stiffness
– Stretched skin, which can become itchy and uncomfortable
– Increased risk of infection in the swollen area
– Scarring between layers of tissue
– Decreased blood circulation
– Decreased elasticity of arteries, veins, joints and muscles
– Increased risk of skin ulcers
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Specific Reflexology protocols taught by the Maternity Reflexology Consortium allow for symptom free adaptations of regular gains during pregnancy, management of gain levels throughout pregnancy, and management and reduction of high level gains to reduce symptoms and discomfort in pregnancy related to Edema.
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Sources: PMID 9185112, Mayo Clinic