Fertility – What Are The Benefits of Fertility Reflexology

Fertility – What Are The Benefits of Fertility Reflexology

Fertility reflexology is a wonderful complementary health therapy which can be received as a proactive approach to improving overall fertility and in preparation for IVF. Therapeutically treatments are relaxing and have a positive effect on the body, particularly the nervous system.

Ultimately reflexology treatments help promote a balance of mind and body through fertility while also being supported.

There is ongoing research around the world proving the effects and benefits of reflexology for both fertility and pregnancy. All Irish private health insurers providers recognise reflexology as a complementary health therapy which promotes overall health. Many insurance providers cover reflexology as a day to day expense and also specialist fertility reflexology as an additional benefit when received from a registered reflexologist. Fertility clinics around the world employ fertility reflexologists to provide reflexology before and after treatments due to the positive effects on the patient.

The National Register of Reflexologists Ireland is the main governing body for professional reflexologists in Ireland. They promote the following benefits of reflexology for sub-fertility;

  • Provides support at a challenging time.
  • Promotes general well-being.
  • Improves blood flow to the pelvic area.
  • Improves sleep and increases energy levels.
  • Helps to regulate hormones and the menstrual cycle.
  • Reduces pain in endometriosis.
  • Increased success rate in IVF.
  • Reduces stress levels.
  • May help regulate menstrual cycle with Polycystic ovaries.

Many women received fertility reflexology as a proactive approach to improving their overall fertility. This is often also combined with various changes in lifestyle to improve overall health and well-being. Where there is no known medical condition that will stop you conceiving or decrease your chances it is very worthwhile to have a course of treatments before embarking on a more invasive, stressful and often expensive alternative. Often the affects of fertility reflexology are cumulative so a commitment to treatments and lifestyle changes is required for the best possible outcome and to prepare for pregnancy. Women may also receive fertility reflexology through IVF which can help reduce stress, improve overall mood and support women through the various stages of treatment.

Orlagh Gahan is a Registered Reflexologist with the NRRI and a Fertility Counsellor accredited with the I.A.C.P in private practice in Co. Kildare, Ireland. She supports women and couples through natural and assisted fertility treatments, infertility, sex therapy and pregnancy. Orlagh also provides a unique 90 minute Fertility Combined Care appointment which combines fertility counselling support with fertility reflexology to improve overall physical mental and emotional health. 

The Joy of Massage Therapy During Pregnancy

The Joy of Massage Therapy During Pregnancy

Complementary health therapies such as pregnancy massage therapy and maternity reflexology can be wonderful during pregnancy and are often a welcome relief from many pregnancy symptoms and the life changes which come with pregnancy. In fact, you may never appreciate lying down and being pampered with a massage as much as you do during pregnancy, it truly feels incredible.

Pregnant women have been honoured and celebrated throughout history with ceremonies and rituals which often included touch, bathing, nurturing and massage. In many cultures around the world, abdominal massage has been prevalent to help sooth mother and baby, while also helping to ensure the correct positioning of the baby. These days, modern women are too busy to indulge in rituals and ceremonies which makes pregnancy massage even more inviting.

Massage therapy has many health benefits for both mother and baby particularly in the third trimester when her body is working overtime as baby piles on the pounds. Many women are often still working and managing family life with very little time for relaxation or to put their feet up for an hour. Pregnancy can be demanding on the body and massage therapy helps to counteract those slight physical symptoms which build up during the 40 week rollercoaster. Regular treatments can help with muscle pain, aching legs and fatigue while also promoting a strong sense of relaxation.

Touch is such a powerful and under-estimated sense, most women find the emotional benefits far out-weigh the physical benefits when it comes to maternity massage.”

Therapy also provides an opportunity for mother to switch off from the outside world for just a brief moment in time to connect with her baby. Take some time to experience the joy of massage therapy during your pregnancy journey.

Orlagh Gahan is a Reflexologist and Massage Therapist who provides a range of specialist therapies for health, pregnancy and fertility in Naas, Co, Kildare.

How Reflexology Can Help Relieve Foot Pain and Sore Feet

How Reflexology Can Help Relieve Foot Pain and Sore Feet

Reflexology is a complementary health therapy applied to the feet. The feet each have 26 bones, 19 muscles and tendons, 33 joints and 107 ligaments. The body and a busy lifestyle can be hard on our trusty feet. As reflexology works on the feet, ankles and lower legs it can be a soothing and welcome therapy not just for your feet but your whole body. Foot pain and discomfort can be debilitating and prevent us from going about every day activities. It may also effect your posture over time and displace your centre of gravity which effects the spine.

On average we take between 3,000 and 10,000 steps every day. It’s no wonder that from time to time many of us experience foot pain, tightness or stiffness in the feet and legs.”

Reflexology can be used to help reduce various types of discomfort and pain in the feet. Symptoms may include pain, soreness, stiffness, tightness, burning, tingling or cramping in the feet. The various gentle reflexology techniques and massage pressure applied to the feet during treatments helps to increases the blood flow and circulation to the whole area. There are over 5000 nerve endings in the feet which are gently stimulated to relieve pain and promote relaxation. It can have a strong impact on the nervous system as a whole. Reflexology is popular with people involved in sports such as running and golfing as it helps the body to heal quicker after activity and can reduce pain from developing in the feet. Reflexology promotes the bodies natural healing abilities while the relaxation effect can have a strong impact on emotional and mental health. Reflexology and massage therapy are also beneficial for pain and tiredness in the legs and your therapist can focus on specific problem areas.

Some common causes of foot pain include:

  • Ageing feet
  • Arthritis
  • Flatfeet
  • Illness and disease
  • Long periods of time standing, walking and running
  • Overuse of feet
  • Poor circulation
  • Poorly fitting footwear and high heels
  • Pregnancy
  • Restricted exercise and movement
  • Repetitive strain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Tiredness and swelling

One single reflexology treatment or a course of reflexology treatments can help to reduce foot pain, promote relaxation and improve the overall feeling of the feet and lower legs. Orlagh Gahan is a registered Reflexologist & Complementary Health Therapist based in Naas, Co. Kildare. She provides Reflexology for health, pregnancy, fertility and foot pain.

Ingredients For a Powerful Reflexology Treatment

Ingredients For a Powerful Reflexology Treatment

Ingredients for a powerful reflexology treatmentReflexology is a complementary health therapy that is about so much more than just a one hour foot treatment. I believe a reflexology treatment should feel more like a therapeutic experience which soothes the senses and leaves you feeling rested, relaxed and invigorated. The power of touch is naturally soothing and nurturing as it promotes the release of feel good chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphin’s. These days, relaxation can feel more like a luxury but in truth, it is a health necessity, one which we should practice regularly and learn to master. My advice when it comes to relaxation, if at first you don’t relax, try, try and try again.

Reflexology like most complementary therapies treats the whole person and not just specific symptoms. This means your taking care of your mind, your body and our often neglected, spirit. Here are my ingredients for a powerful reflexology treatment.

Ingredients for a Powerful Reflexology Treatment

#1  One inviting, comfortable and relaxing therapy room.

#2  One heated plinth with soft blankets that feel just right.

#3  A soft aroma of essential aromatherapy oils which promote relaxation or rejuvenation.

#4  Hot natural oils applied to the feet and legs which help your whole body to relax.

#5  Calming music to help your mind drift off and slow down.

#6  One pair of experienced reflexologist healing hands.

#7  YOU!

Combine together for 60 minutes as you give yourself permission to relax and feel nurtured. Finish with one glass of cold fresh water to help flush out toxins, re-hydrate and bring you back to reality. Repeat regularly. To experience reflexology for yourself or find out more visit www.orlaghgahan.ie

My advice when it comes to relaxation, if at first you don’t relax..try..try and try again.’

Orlagh Gahan is a qualified Counsellor & Complementary Health Therapist. She holds a Diploma in Holistic Healing Massage, Dip. in Reflexology, Dip. Indian Head Massage and a B.Sc in Counselling. She provides reflexology for health, relaxation, pregnancy and fertility. You can book a treatment with Orlagh at the Naas Holistic Centre, 25 North Main Street, Naas, Kildare, Ireland. Find out more at www.orlaghgahan.ie or facebook/TherapyForWellness

Reflexology Treatments Covered by Private Health Insurance

Reflexology Treatments Covered by Private Health Insurance

Did you know that Reflexology treatments are covered by most major health insurance providers! That means that you could be entitled to either a full or part refund for up to 12 Reflexology treatments per year depending on the type of healthcare policy you have. To find out if you are covered for Reflexology contact your insurance provider directly. This is good news for individuals who wish to benefit from reflexology treatments regularly and also people who wish to attend the ongoing pregnancy and fertility reflexology. Orlagh Gahan is a a fully registered Reflexologist with the National Register of Reflexologists and with most major health care providers.

Read more about the benefits of reflexology or visit www.orlaghgahan.ie for more information.



Complementary Therapy Taster Morning – Kildare

Date: Friday 22nd April 2016

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Naas Holistic Centre, 25 North Main Street, Naas, Kildare.

Come along, enjoy a herbal tea, relax and try any 30 minute Reflexology, Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy or Reiki Treatment for just €20. Booking in advance essential by emailing me your name, address, contact details and preferred time to info@orlaghgahan.ie. Find out about this event on my Facebook page Therapy For Wellness  https://www.facebook.com/events/1609601252697092/

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Complementary Therapy Taster Morning – Friday 22nd April 2016

Fertility Reflexology For Men and Women

Fertility Reflexology For Men and Women

fertility and pregnancy reflexologyFertility Reflexology is a wonderful relaxing non-evasive complementary therapy which works on the feet to treat the whole body. There are over 5,000 nerve ending in the feet which are connected to each of the body’s systems and reflexology helps to stimulate and balance each one individually. There are many natural ways we can influence our fertility and chances of conception over time for example eating healthy, regular exercise and making long-term positive lifestyle choices.

Fertility reflexology helps individuals and couples who hope to improve their fertility and overall health by balancing hormones, reducing stress and restoring balance in the body. Fertility reflexology is suitable for men and women and both partners are encouraged to attend treatments as part of an overall holistic approach to improving and promoting fertility. Many people find reflexology a therapeutic and healthy way of reducing stress and tension. When an individual or couple are experiencing ongoing problems with fertility, it can be a difficult and emotional time. Your Fertility Reflexologist is there to provide emotional support and reassurance during reflexology sessions and both men and women can benefit from the emotional support available during ongoing treatments.

Fertility reflexology is suitable for men and women and both partners are encouraged to attend treatments as part of an overall holistic approach to improving their fertility.”

The Purpose of Fertility Reflexology

  • To help reduce stress, tension and anxiety
  • Helps to calm and balance the nervous & endocrine system
  • Balance hormone levels
  • Regulate ovulation and the menstrual cycle
  • Stimulate endorphin release – the feel good hormone
  • Helps to try create a balanced environment for conception to take place
  • Helps the body to cope more effectively with stress and the effect on the body
  • Improves circulation and blood flow to the reproductive system
  • Supports men and women through their fertility journey
  • Provides general emotional support and understanding
  • A safe, relaxing and therapeutic experience
  • A treatment that couples can attend and learn together and practice at home

As fertility issues and infertility are medical conditions, Reflexologists do not claim to cure infertility or the causes of fertility issues or provide any form of medical advice or diagnosis. However, treatments can be incredibly relaxing and calming and may in turn help to balance hormones and the endocrine system which are fundamental to the body’s natural balance. Natural and conventional fertility treatments can be enhanced by a course fertility reflexology and is becoming increasingly popular. Most private Irish health care insurance providers cover Reflexology treatments which cost around €45 to €60 per one hour session. To find out more about Fertility Reflexology with Orlagh in Naas, Kildare visit www.orlaghgahan.ie

Orlagh Gahan is a qualified Reflexologist with additional training in Pregnancy and Fertility Reflexology and Sexual Health Issues. She holds a Diploma in Holistic Healing Massage, Diploma in Reflexology, Diploma in Indian Head Massage and a B.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Pregnancy Reflexology – Nurturing the Nurturer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Reflexology – Nurturing the Nurturer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy reflexologyPregnancy reflexology also know as maternity reflexology or ante-natal reflexology is a wonderful therapy which treats the whole body by working on the feet using massage, pressure and gentle movements. It is a very soothing and relaxing therapy which has many benefits throughout the course of your pregnancy. It essentially helps to bring about balance, harmony and relaxation while also helping to reduce and alleviate many symptoms experienced during each trimester.

Pregnancy reflexology essentially helps to nurture the nurturer through the many mixed emotions and changes of pregnancy.”

Your reflexologist becomes a friendly pregnancy partner who will nurture and support you all through your pregnancy. Regular treatments help the mother to cope better with pregnancy and prepares her mentally and physically for labour and motherhood. Many women will have previously attended Fertility Reflexology prior to becoming pregnant. Sessions provide a space to teach and practice simple breathing exercises and affirmations which are beneficial during the birthing process. Reflexology is recommended by the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street in Dublin 2. Pregnancy reflexology essentially helps to nurture the nurturer through the many mixed emotions and changes of pregnancy.

The Benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology

  • Helps reduce early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, nausea and fatigue.
  • Alleviates physical symptoms such as constipation and heartburn.
  • Promotes and aids relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Provides a safe space to talk about any fears or anxieties that may be experienced.
  • Prepares the body for labour by balancing the bodies systems especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.
  • Alleviates muscle and back pain.
  • Helps to boost energy levels and restore the bodies natural balance.
  • Nurtures, supports and reassures the client throughout the course of pregnancy.
  • Teaches and encourages simple breathing exercise and affirmations.

Find out more about pregnancy and fertility reflexology with Orlagh Gahan at the Naas Holistic Centre in Naas, Co Kildare at www.orlaghgahan.ie

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10 Great Benefits of Reflexology

10 Great Benefits of Reflexology
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Reflexology continues to grow in popularity as a gentle and powerful Complementary Health Therapy as it has many great benefits. Increasingly, reflexology is being used to sooth common health problems in a safe and non-evasive way. Reflexology essentially treats the whole person, mind and body, from the inside out by using gentle massage and pressure techniques on reflex points found on both the hands and feet. Regular reflexology treatments can be used to sooth and reduce the symptoms of common complaints such as sleep problems, fertility issues, chronic illness, muscle pain, stress and anxiety. 

Reflexology essentially treats the whole person, mind and body, from the inside out. By treating the whole person on an emotional and physical level, the benefits of reflexology can be experienced long after the treatment ends.

10 Great Physical and Emotional Benefits of Reflexology; 

  1. The feet hold the reflexes to the whole body and by working on just the feet, the whole body benefits.
  2. During a treatment the feet are stimulated to relax all the muscles in the body which increases circulation and promotes relaxation.
  3. Stimulating the reflexes to troubled areas in the body will help promote healing in that specific area.
  4. Massage techniques used in reflexology have an immediate relieving and soothing effect on the mind and body.
  5. Reflexology helps to eliminate and remove waste products and toxins which build up in the body as a result of stress and food intake.
  6. Various systems such as the nervous and circulatory system are activated and stimulated during a treatment which allows energy to flow more freely around the body.
  7. Reflexology treatments stimulates and soothes around 7,000 nerves in the whole body which help activate the bodies self healing.
  8. The combination of touch and stress relief experienced during each treatment help to sooth pain and reduce mental and emotional anxiety.
  9. It is possible to reduce the symptoms of many physical problems such as back pain, period pain and digestive problems by focusing on specific reflexes.
  10. Using essential aromatherapy oils such as Lavender and Rose during reflexology can help the client to feel relaxed, energised and uplifted after each session.

Reflexology treatments typically last for 1 hour and are provided in a warm and relaxing environment.

To find out more about reflexology or to book an appointment with Orlagh Gahan in Naas Holistic Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare please click here.

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