Anna Woodward Reflexology In Walthamstow, Waltham Forest & Redbridge

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Fertility and conception

Trying for a baby can be extremely stressful, particularly if you feel that you have been doing everything you can to increase the chances of getting pregnant. You may have spent months regularly having sex during ovulation, eating healthily, not drinking alcohol. You may have visited your GP to have initial fertility hormone level blood tests and all the tests have come back with no cause for concern. Or, you have been referred to a fertility clinic following your blood tests and are exploring assisted conception options.

The GOOD news is that according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence(NICE):
80% of couples under 40 in the UK will conceive within 1 year if they are having sex regularly
90% of couples under 40 in the UK will conceive within 2 years if they are having sex regularly
In your early 40’s, the chance of conceiving if you are having sex regularly is still over 20%.


The impact of stress on fertility and conception

Infertility affects men and women equally - between 40-50% of infertility cases are due to male infertility. Many studies have identified that stress and anxiety can impact on both female and male fertility*. If you are stressed or anxious, you may have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, which then makes you feel even more stressed.

In neuroscientist Matthew Walker’s recently published book ‘Why We Sleep’, he highlights clinical research that identifies that:

-Women who routinely sleeping less than 6 hours sleep a night will see a 20% drop in follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) being produced-this hormone peaks just before ovulation and is necessary for conception

-Men who report sleeping too little have a 29% lower sperm count than those that have a full and restful nights sleep

When we are stressed and anxious, our endocrine (hormone) system stimulates the adrenal glands (‘fight or flight’ hormone) which in turn produces another hormone called cortisol which can then lead to the suppression of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) who’s job it is to stimulate the ovaries to release an egg.


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How reflexology can help

Reflexology could be the additional 'one thing' that enables you to conceive. It helps to rebalances your hormone levels by reducing stress and anxiety, particularly if you have regular treatments. During the treatments I will focus on the nervous and endocrine systems of the body to completely relax you and reduce the symptoms of stress. I will also massage the reproductive system reflexes to stimulate them ready for conception.

Alongside the reflexology treatments, I will work with you to identify realistic, evidence based lifestyle changes that will support you to conceive through intercourse or assisted conception such as IVF. You will also be shown reflexology massage techniques which you will be able to do in between reflexology treatments to stimulate your reproductive reflexes and help lower your stress and anxiety levels.

I strongly recommend that if you are trying to conceive through having sex then both of you have reflexology treatments, particularly if both of you are experiencing stress, anxiety and/or poor sleep. I like to work with couples for a minimum of 3 months, to enable time to properly evaluate the impact of the treatments and the lifestyle changes you are making.


Recommended fertility treatment programme- to be adapted for each individual client based on needs


If you are trying to conceive through having sex with no assisted conception :

For women:
First consultation – 90 minute consultation and treatment ideally at the start of your menstrual cycle £125
Consultation includes:
-Full medical history
-Fertility Health Questionnaire: an evidence based fertility health questionnaire I have created to identify additional lifestyle changes you can make to boost your chances of conceiving
-Fertility Boosting Guide- sent to you after your treatment
-Demonstrations of reflexology points you can massage in between treatments to stimulate the reproductive reflexes and help reduce stress

Then two 1 hour treatments prior to ovulation and one treatment after ovulation in your first monthly cycle -£55 per treatment

Followed by a minimum of two treatments, one before and one after ovulation for two more months. Treatment programme to be reviewed after three months in consultation with client.

For men:
First consultation – 90 minute consultation and treatment ideally at the start of partners menstrual cycle £125
Consultation includes:
-Full medical history
-Fertility Health Questionnaire: an evidence based fertility health questionnaire I have created to identify additional lifestyle changes you can make to boost your chances of conceiving
-Fertility Boosting Guide- sent to you after your treatment
-Demonstrations of reflexology points you can massage in between treatments to stimulate the reproductive reflexes and help reduce stress

Then two 1 hour treatments, one treatment prior to partners ovulation and one treatment after ovulation in the first month - £55 per treatment

Followed by a minimum of two treatments, one before and one after ovulation for two more months. Treatment programme to be reviewed after three months in consultation with client.


If you are trying to conceive through assisted conception:

For women:
First consultation before IVF/ICSI begins– 90 minutes consultation and fertility reflexology treatment- ideally three months before the IVF treatment starts- £125

First consultation includes:
-Full medical history
-Fertility Health Questionnaire: an evidence based fertility health questionnaire I have created to identify additional lifestyle changes you can make to boost your chances of conceiving
-Fertility Boosting Guide- a personalised guide sent to you after your treatment
-Demonstrations of reflexology points you can massage in between treatments to stimulate the reproductive reflexes and help reduce stress

Followed by weekly treatments until IVF begins.

When IVF starts:
Two 1 hour reflexology treatments during downregulation/upregulation - £55 per treatment
Followed by a 1 hour reflexology treatment after egg retrieval and before embryo transfer - £55
Programme adapted for IUI clients.

For men:
First consultation before IVF/ICSI begins - 90 minute consultation and fertility reflexology treatment- ideally 3 months before IVF treatment starts- £125

First consultation includes:
-Full medical history
-Fertility Health Questionnaire: an evidence based fertility health questionnaire I have created to identify additional lifestyle changes you can make to boost your chances of conceiving
-Fertility Boosting Guide- sent to you after your treatment
-Demonstrations of reflexology points you can massage in between treatments to stimulate the reproductive reflexes and help reduce stress

Followed by weekly treatments until sperm sample is taken during IVF£55 per treatment

Programme adapted for IUI clients.

If you would like to have a reflexology treatment in your home, an additional charge of £5-£10 will apply per treatment (depending on location). Home treatments are available between 10am-3pm Tuesday-Fridays.

To find out more about how fertility reflexology can help you, book a FREE15 minute telephone consultation via the 'make a booking' button via my website.


"I first came to Anna just after a miscarriage. She was so warm, kind and caring. Before touching my feet, she carefully listened to me and asked lots of gentle questions to get a good picture of what was going on. I’ve been seeing her for several months and she still remembers the answers to those questions. She takes time to check in with you at the beginning of each session, is always so reassuring and really makes you feel she genuinely cares about you and your journey. The treatment itself is always deeply relaxing. She is so focussed and tuned in to your body. I have found it fascinating learning about the different parts of my feet and what they relate to. It’s incredible what Anna can tell you and is a really useful way to check in with what is going on in my body and what I need. I’m now 15 weeks pregnant and Anna has been a huge support throughout. There’s something so nurturing about the treatment—going to see Anna tends to be the best decision I make in any given week" Sarah, Walthamstow April 2022


"I started going to see Anna monthly while I was trying to get pregnant, and continued when I was. The time with Anna was really (really) needed to help destress and relax. I always slept better after seeing her" Una, Walthamstow November 2021

"I would highly recommend Anna, she is professional and knowledgeable as well as providing great reflexology. I started seeing Anna for reflexology post miscarriage and she has treated me through preconception and now pregnancy. I find reflexology helps me to stay calm and positive" Helen, Walthamstow August 2020

"I initially approached Anna as I saw she had a special interest in helping those with fertility issues.
Anna is warm and friendly, her treatment room is lovely and tranquil, she always made me feel 100% comfortable and I left feeling calm and relaxed. I am now pregnant and truly believe Anna has helped me with this, I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to give reflexology a try!" Emily, Buckhurst Hill June 2020




*GM Buck Louis (2010) Stress reduces conception probabilities across the fertile window: evidence in support of relaxation.
M.D Marcus, T.L Louks (2001) Psychological correlates of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea.
Vinod H Nargund Department of Urology, Homerton Hospital. Nat Rev Urology.(2015) Effects of psychological stress on male fertility.

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