Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Want to fall pregnant? Step on it.

08 October 2013, 10:59Tamsin Oxford

Abuja - Reflexology may be a well-studied and analysed form of alternative therapy, but boy it inspires terrible foot jokes.

This is largely due to the fact that it took me three weeks to build up enough courage to call the reflexologist because I hate having my feet touched.

I have the world’s most ticklish steppers. I giggle in pedicures and have set off entire rooms of women being primped and painted as I’ve sat and snorted during a foot massage.

Considering that this alternative therapy of reflexology is an hour of having bits of your foot prodded, poked and rubbed I just knew that it wasn’t going to be pretty.

Let’s take a look at why I chose reflexology as another route towards curing my infertility. It is another ancient practice that emerged from the Egyptians and the Chinese and has been carried down through the years by wise people who are not averse to touching other people’s feet. You couldn’t pay me enough…

Practitioners of the art believe that the foot is a map of the human body and each part is linked to systems and organs within. A moment of pressure here, a squeeze over there and an expert has deftly manipulated your Fallopian tubes or eased your ovaries into a happier state. There are, of course, detractors, as with any alternative course of medicine, and some studies have shown that alternative medicines have been found to reduce the effectiveness of fertility by as much as 30%.

I must confess that that the research did make me dig in my heels (sorry) a bit. However, one man’s negative study is another woman’s bonny baby so who was I to deny my ovaries another possible boost?

Goodness knows nothing else has worked so far as I remain stubbornly barren.

My arrival at the studio was a pleasant one. Warm rooms, lovely lighting and pleasantly piped music lulled me into a false sense of security. I drifted happily into the chair and sat down calmly. A giggling pedicure the day before meant my toes were as glossy as a supermodel on fashion day and I spared a moment to glance at them admiringly. Then she started to work. I’m not going to lie here, I gripped the sides of the chair as if I was being electrocuted and my back shot up into a stiffened rod of horror. It was awful. If you have sensitive feet or hate having anyone go near them, reflexology is not going to make you relax, but it doesn’t need to.

According to the experts reflexology’s success rate doesn’t only lie in helping patients to relax and unwind, it can repair imbalances in hormones and reproduction as well as promoting the regulation of systems for improved fertility.

I was lucky, my expert completely understood how sensitive I was about my feet and immediately reduced the amount of pressure she used and worked far more carefully around the pressure points. I never completely relaxed, but I did feel slightly euphoric when I left. In addition to that, I had a similar experience as I did when I tried out Reiki, I had an absolutely fantastic night’s sleep.

Will this finally be the treatment I need to fall pregnant? I’m going to try a few more sessions and see how the month pans out, even though the experience isn’t exactly what I would call fun. If you fancy giving it a try visit the South African Reflexology Society to find a registered practitioner in your area.

Remember, don’t be lame and dismiss the idea of an alternative treatment for pregnancy.

Would you try reflexology to get pregnant?

Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.

- Parent24

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Are you wearing the correct underwear?

30 November 2016, 15:49

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Separating kitchen politics from ...

Like everyone else, I believe that the most popular definition of democracy is “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Read more...

Submitted by
Bethel Tanifo
Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, ...

Like NDDC Unlike MONDA. This notion is an intuition that does not portend political participation, affiliation, intrusion or aggression but a submission with the intention of completion of the previous administration's noble vision. Read more...

Submitted by
Bethel Tanifo
Nigerian Constitution versus Corr...

The problems of Nigeria is not in its conventional composition, formation, functionality, constitution or treaty, while the solutions are not disintegrations as promulgated by some faiths fanatics and bigotries.  Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Much Ado about Trump’s Presidency

It was unbelievable when the social and mainstream media all over the world began airing the breaking news of Donald Trump’s victory in the most contentious US Presidential elections in recent years. Read more...

Submitted by
Mike Daemon
Nigerian author highlights gay ch...

A new novel by a prolific young Nigerian author features gay characters, which could help increase the visibility of the gay community and possibly lead to greater understanding of LGBT Nigerians. Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Your Excellency, I will call you ...

Your Excellency, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, as a leader that pays attention to details, I understand that the odd title of this piece would definitely arouse your curiosity.  Read more...