I had started an IVF journey, the first round of which had been unsuccessful. I chatted with a good friend who had had similar fertility issues as myself in the past and had a great experience with Reflexology sessions. She was lucky enough to conceive naturally and was convinced the Reflexology had a positive impact.
At that point I had already explored Acupuncture, having 3 sessions, but decided it wasn’t for me so I was open to trying Reflexology and also interested in Reiki. I had not experienced either before so it was brand new therapies I was trying. I was hopeful that the sessions would help in 2 ways: with the actual fertility aspect and supporting me to have a successful outcome with the IVF, and also support with mental well being in order to stay positive and relaxed through what I knew from experience was a tough and emotional journey.
From the first session I felt extremely at ease with Andrea and felt very quickly that she was someone I could be honest with about what was going on physically and mentally. This is really important to me as, in my previous professional life as business coach, I know that connection is vital in order for both parties to get anything from the sessions. The trust is also important and in this case I trust Andrea implicitly so when she suggests a change of tact in sessions i.e. Reiki or Reflexology or even Crystal Therapy then I’m more than comfortable with taking her advice. The consult before and after therapy is just as important as the therapy itself and I have never felt rushed during the sessions.
I believe the range of sessions have helped me immensely, predominantly in remaining relaxed and simply helping me deal with and navigate what has become a really challenging IVF journey for a whole host of reasons.
Regardless of the IVF outcome the sessions have become a key part of my life and are definitely part of my self care program. I am a pretty resilient person and the sessions have supported this but they also provide me with a safe space to be vulnerable and be open about that.
Juliet* had expressed an interest in sharing her own experiences as she felt that during an IVF journey there was so much to deal with that it could become overwhelming. She is considering putting her full experience into words to be published and this will be a very valuable resource for many women if she chooses to write a book. She felt that there was so much information - from online resources and forums to medical jargon and clinical explanations - that it was simply too difficult to remain balanced without a form of holistic support to cut through this in order to keep her centred and focused on supporting herself in the best way possible for her. I asked her if she would be comfortable sharing a short introduction to her story on my website and she was keen to share her experiences if it could help other women.
At the time when she sent her story to me, Juliet was beginning to consider a second IVF cycle. I felt that the timing was not ideal for Juliet to undertake a second round as there was still healing to be done to fully heal from her first round of IVF. Juliet herself had reservations too. One of the reasons she felt she had to undergo the second cycle was on the advice of the IVF clinic, who had explained that her test results indicated that it was a medically appropriate time. This is common with my fertility clients, when medically advised they often feel rushed from one IVF round to another. Currently conventional medicine doesn't take into account the time and holistic approaches required to heal from both the physical, mental and emotional invasiveness of the procedures and the loss of optimism and hope that occur from an unsuccessful round of IVF. Juliet's IVF cycles were complex due to her medical health history and naturally she felt she needed to take every opportunity she could. It was unsuccessful.
After some time for recovery, Juliet then underwent her third and last round of IVF, which was successful. She continued to attend her regular sessions throughout her pregnancy. Both she and her babies are growing and flourishing!
*Juliet is a pseudonym to protect client confidentiality