Supporting clients with fertility issues

Guest blogger and 2018 FHT Training Congress speaker, Barbara Scott, writes about taking an integrative approach to support clients experiencing fertility issues.

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Globally, there are now an estimated one in six couples who experience difficulties of some kind when trying to get pregnant, and sadly, this is getting worse rather than better. These are the couples that seek help and there could be many more who do not. I would estimate that 20-25% of couples now find that starting a family is not as easy as they first thought. Male fertility, in particular, has declined by a massive 50% over a 25-year period, and this decline is continuing, for a multitude of complex reasons, but not least due to pollutants. In addition, what we now realise is that males are involved in probably 50% of all cases of fertility issues and repeated early miscarriage. Men are routinely overlooked when couples try to establish why they are unable to conceive.

Human beings are one of the least fertile mammals on our planet and our chances of conceiving naturally each month are only 17%. When things don’t go according to plan and couples seek the help of Assisted Reproductive Techniques, the results are not much better. IUI has a success rate of between 10-20% per cycle and IVF/ICSI a success rate of 25% per cycle, although this does increase with each cycle undertaken.

The causes of fertility issues are wide, varied and can be complex, so we need to ensure we gather the right kind of information, to provide the most effective support for our clients. Using an integrative approach, we are able to understand some of the basic reasons why couples are having difficulty conceiving. This means being able to understand and interpret basic blood tests for women and both basic and advanced semen analysis for men. It also means that we have a referral pathway and can signpost clients to appropriate services for further investigations.

The top ten most important things to know are:

  1. How long have they been trying to conceive?
  2. If longer than 12 months and they are under 35, has the woman had a basic blood test for FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), Luteinising Hormone, Oestradiol, Prolactin and Progesterone?
  3. If longer than 12 months and they are under 35, has the male had a basic semen analysis?
  4. Have they any underlying reproductive issues that may be affecting their fertility (i.e. endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS in women or varicoceles, hydroceles, prostatitis in men)?.
  5. What does your female client understand about her menstrual cycle?
  6. Does she use basal body temperature charting to monitor her cycle?
  7. Information about the menstrual cycle (i.e. length, length of bleed, signs of ovulation, PMS symptoms and length of the Luteal Phase)
  8. Height, Weight and BMI, as these can really impact upon fertility.
  9. Diet, nutrition and exercise levels.
  10. And finally…….. stress levels! Stress can have a huge impact upon both male and female fertility health.

In 2011, I formed the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, which among other things allowed us to carry out data collection to see how effective our work was and to develop collaborations with the medical professionals involved in client care. Our data, showed a 68% success rate across the board and a doubling of the success rates with IVF from 25% to 52%.

We continue to work on this data and are exploring collaborations with Ovusense (a medical grade ovulation monitor) and Cardiff Met University, to undertake research in the hope of providing a further evidence base to this work.

Learn more at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

You can learn more about supporting clients with fertility issues at the 2018 FHT Training Congress in the NEC Birmingham:

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With Barbara Scott
Room 1, Sunday 20 May, 12pm – 1pm

Reproflexology™ is an integrative approach to using reflexology to support fertility and underlying reproductive conditions for both men and women.  The integrative approach allows us to understand what the issues may be, measure outcomes and monitor progress.  This provides an evidence based approach to fertility, using reflexology as the main form of treatment.

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Ideas for postural analysis

Guest blogger and 2018 FHT Training Congress speaker, James Earls, shares a few pointers to help therapists feel at ease when performing a postural analysis.

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Performing a postural analysis can be nerve wracking for the therapist and the client. I remember my first few appointments after qualifying in structural integration – I was supposed to be some kind of expert with my certificate on the wall but, when confronted with an uncomfortable client standing in front of me in their underwear, it was nearly impossible to see anything clearly. Sweat ran down my sides, my brain shut down and I rushed to let the client get onto the couch and relax.

Once my client was on the table (usually face-down) and we were both back in our comfort zones, I could think clearly and get back to doing everything I learnt in basic bodywork class.

Eventually, I realised I was doing a disservice to everyone involved. I was rushing into a treatment with no real plan, thereby undermining my own professionalism and the training that required a lot of my time and money. Most importantly, the client was not getting ‘their’ treatment, just a re-hash of a range of numerous techniques that might correct some muscle issues but not necessarily the ones that were most significant for their overall pattern.

The privilege of teaching bodywork for 20 years has shown me that I was not alone in this experience. Many therapists practise bodyreading in the safe environment of the class where there is a mutual understanding of the process, but then have some degree of shyness, panic and/or discomfort when it comes to the privacy of the clinic room.

Here are a few pointers I hope will support you through the process of becoming more at ease.

1. Practise. The more you look the more you will see. Stay relaxed and don’t be hard on yourself. It takes time to see things and you will find there is a feedback loop between understanding something and seeing it more clearly. Seeing clearly will help you understand it a little better because you can now see it.Our visual system is tuned to pick up things that we already know. If you are new to a situation and information, it will take repetition for the visual cortex to re-tune itself. It is important to remind yourself of this in classes where the ‘expert’ points things out and you and your friends may not see what they are talking about. To a certain degree, it is true that you can’t see it as you didn’t know about the concept or the anatomy and your cortex needs time to learn the necessary algorithms. After a while these things become clear – but only with practice.

2. Positives. When assessing someone, especially for the first time, make sure you start with positives. What is working well in their structure? What is strong, balanced, open, grounded or light? Make sure your comments are clear and specific as possible; don’t make generic platitudes. But also, more importantly, don’t make them suggestive – choosing your words carefully is another important skill to practise.

While it might seem less important to find the ‘right’ things than the ‘wrong’, think of the process from the client’s point of view. They have an in-take session in which they list all of the negatives about themselves, often they already feel some degree of low self-esteem coupled with any pains and discomforts that inspired the appointment, and then we ask them to remove their clothes and stand in front of us while we list their faults, many of which they didn’t even know they had.

If we’re going to make our clients feel better, why not start from the outset and reinforce the fact that there are many good things in their system, not just the painful, stiff, or ugly ones they notice.

3. Feedback. Practise with friends, family or the regular clients who are already invested in your success. Ask them for feedback on how they feel about the process. Things like the position of mirrors, room temperature, draughts, your own posture and gestures – anything they notice should be considered for your clients’ comfort.

4. Real and relative. To bring it now to the technical – there are two methods of assessing posture, reading the real position of the bone in gravity and understanding its relative position to its bony neighbours. Few references, if any, make this clear.

Most standard texts measure a bone’s relationship to gravity and the floor; this is the usual plumb line approach.  We will call this the real position because we are only considering one bone’s position in space. The most common example is pelvic tilt and while there are many versions of what it ‘should’ be, most of those measure the pelvis to the floor by assessing the angles between the PSIS, ASIS and pubis.

Measuring the bone angle is fine but it excludes a lot of other information about the relationship to the rest of the body. For example, the pelvis can be anteriorly tilted by standard measurements and we would therefore expect the hip to be in flexion but this is not always the case. To really understand what is happening with the soft tissues, we need to assess joint positions.

A joint is a relationship between at least two bones and is independent of gravity. We refer to this as the relative position because it compares one bone relative to another. Reading the relative position requires seeing the relationship between bones. In the case of pelvic tilt, the relationship between the pelvis and the femur.

It is possible, in fact it is very common, for the pelvis to be anteriorly tilted in gravity but ‘posteriorly tilted’ relative to the femur. The implication is that the hip is actually in extension, and not in flexion, making the flexors longer and the hip closer to its normal end of range – could this be why so many people are diagnosed with ‘short, tight hip flexors’?

Coming to terms with the relationships through the body and how it all fits together requires clarity in what you are seeing – both the real position of the bone in space and its relationship to other bones.

5. Practise. This is so important it is worth repeating. You won’t learn to see until you start practising seeing.


Learn more at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

You can learn more about postural analysis at the 2018 FHT Training Congress in the NEC Birmingham:

Postural analysis – adding the next dimension to your treatment
With James Earls (supported by Lotus Publishing)jamesearls
Room 2, Monday 21 May, 2pm – 3pm

Postural analysis is often considered diagnostic – it isn’t. Posture is only the starting position from which movement takes place and it gives information about a client’s potential for movement. Performing quick postural screenings allows therapists to ask better questions and getting better information is an essential element of giving a good treatment.

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Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show

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Effective use of crystals for stress and anxiety

Guest blogger and 2018 FHT Training Congress speaker, Jackie Winters, discusses how crystals can be used to help clients deal with stress and anxiety.

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Stress and anxiety are conditions that are mainly linked to illness within the mind. However, the effects are experienced emotionally and physically in the body via the neurological system. Neurons in the neurological system operate by sending chemical and electrical impulses (subliminal messages) between synapses throughout the nervous system. Common physical responses to this illness being: palpitations, sweating, dizziness, blackouts and shaking amongst others.  Emotionally it can trigger feelings of being out of control, fear, obsessions and neediness. All of these reactions being a response to thought patterns, and are more likely to affect women than men.

Crystals contain piezo and pyro electrons which, when energetically activated, create piezoelectricity. These subtle electrical impulses emitted by crystals are already being utilized by scientists in watches, televisions and computers. They can also be used to bring stability within the neurological system by directly communicating with neurons. With full knowledge of the crystal frequency and the correct application crystals can make a significant difference in this area.

Statistics state that the three main reasons for mental anxiety and stress in today’s society are thoughts concerned with lack, uncertainty and being overburdened.

All of the above thought patterns are illusions that are most often created by unrealistic expectations of life, self or society.

 

3 crystals that can help

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Chrysocolla releases feelings of being overburdened. The subtle electrical stimulant emitted by chrysocolla will relax, release and rebalance the energy field. It has been used effectively to improve breathing related conditions, relax shoulder tension and purify the mind.  If you are at work simply hold the crystal on the center of the chest, where feelings of being overburdened have a tendency to lay and take just five minutes of your time to exhale fully and allow the natural return of clean healthy air to the lungs. Focus mainly on the exhalation and imagine releasing all of your burdens. The vibration of chrysocolla will soon ease the anxiety.

jade.jpgJade is known as the stone of good fortune and longevity. It will help you slow down and become more mindful, affording you the time to appreciate life and prosper in all that you do. Jade soothes conditions related to the kidneys and has a calming influence on the mind. This is one crystal that I would definitely recommend for those who identify with the mental attitude of lack. Simply place the crystal on the forehead and massage gently at regular intervals throughout the day.

Howlite.jpgHowlite –  the frequency of this crystal is both stabilizing and balancing. When the mind locks into uncertainty it can require a strong amount of faith and trust to release the fear that arises. Howlite calms the digestive system and aids present moment awareness by relaxing the stomach nerves associated with anticipation or worry. For uncertainty of the future place a piece of howlite on the abdomen; for uncertainty associated with the past place it at the nape of the neck and breathe deeply until the anxiety has past.

All crystals should be cleansed and activated before use. If you require instructions on how to do this please visit our website www.britishacademyofcrystalhealing.co.uk

 

Did you know that according to research?

  • 16 million people in the UK experience stress and anxiety.
  • Three in four illnesses of the mind start in childhood.
  • 75% of those suffering with stress and anxiety start before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 4 students suffer with stress and anxiety.
  • 85% of the national workforce suffers with stress.

Stress and anxiety is rising within the UK. Crystals can offer a natural approach to self-healing and taking back the control.

 

Learn more at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

You can learn more about the subject of this blog article at the 2018 FHT Training Congress in the NEC Birmingham:

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With Jackie Winters
Room 1, Monday 21 May, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Take control of stress and anxiety by using crystals – a natural way to calm the mind, soothe emotions and relax the body. Jackie Winters will introduce a selection of crystals and demonstrate effective placement on the body to initiate the best results to self-manage stress and anxiety.

 

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Therapy seminars specific to you at the 2018 FHT Training Congress

Our 2018 FHT Training Congress features 22 expert speakers, educating you on a wide range of topics, from therapy specific modalities to general business advice. With 24 sessions to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

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Many therapists do amazing work with vulnerable client groups – however when it comes to responsible marketing, it can feel scary. Join Jennifer Young at 10.30am on Sunday 20 May as she helps you to navigate your way through ‘marketing yourself to vulnerable clients’.

Or, get inspired and discover your ‘brand archetype’ to capture your spirit, personality and passion into an authentic brand at Emma Hague’s ‘identifying your unique brilliance and authentic brand’ seminar on Monday 21 May at 10.30am.

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Join Julian Baker, renowned Bowen teacher, as he explains the changes to the Bowen technique, a fascia based therapy which treats an array of conditions. Find out more at ‘the Bowen technique: 25 years on’ at 2pm on Sunday 20 May.

Also, don’t miss out on our nutritional therapy talk, looking at the negative implications of sugar, stress and sitting down on our health and what we can do to protect ourselves against them. Find out more at ‘sugar stress and sitting down – are they really problem?’ with Lisa Smith on Monday 21 May at 2pm.

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Start off your Monday learning about ‘Ayurvedic kansa wand face massage’ with Mary Dalgleish at 10.30am. You will learn about the gentle face-lifting massage using the kansa wand,  a tool combining copper and tin with trace elements such as zinc and how you can introduce it into your practice.

Continue on from this seminar and join aromatherapy expert, Penny Price, at her talk titled ‘making aromatherapy skincare products’. Penny will help you to understand the ‘minefield’ which is EU Cosmetic Law and all that goes with bringing a new product to market.

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Any hands-on therapist involved with assessing, treating and rehabilitating sports related injuries will benefit from the skill of taping. Don’t miss out on our ‘kinesiology taping for the athlete’ seminar with John Gibbons, at 12pm on Sunday 20 May.

Why not stick around for a bit longer and attend Cameron Reid’s seminar on ‘treating your client from injury to performance’ at 3.30pm. Learn the importance of understanding the cause of injury to enable a continuum of care for a successful return to sport, bridging the gap between injury and performance.

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Why not experience the benefits of ‘laughter yoga’ first hand with Lotte Mikkelsen on Monday 21 May at 12pm? This interactive and practical workshop gives you an insight into how you can possibly choose laughter in your life, every day.

We also have an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in a group hypnotherapy session with Philippa Bottrill at the ‘Rapid Transformational Therapy’ seminar at 12pm on Monday 21 May. Learn how this hybrid therapy can offer unparalleled results for your clients.

Haven’t seen anything above that interests you? We have a full two-day programme, with 24 therapy talks from the very best in the industry on our website.

Enjoy your member discount on each seminar and remember that your friends can come along too. Our sessions are open to all adults and cost only £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-members.

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How to attract your ideal clients – by discovering your unique brilliance and authentic brand

Guest blogger and 2018 FHT Training Congress speaker, Emma Hague, discusses how to attract your ideal clients using archetypes.

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Have you ever got talking to someone new and felt like you’ve known them for years?

Ever noticed how you naturally resonate with the characters from certain books, films or songs? As though their story is one you’ve somehow lived yourself?

The same is true for your brand. Branding isn’t just about having a fancy logo to spark recognition – and the reality is most of us won’t live long enough to establish a brand like the Nike ‘swoosh’ or McDonald’s ‘golden arches’.

True branding for the small business owner is the emotional appeal you create – whether that’s with a logo, the way you speak or your physical presence.

As people who ARE our business, we naturally put across certain traits, values and language when we speak to our clients (and potential clients) – even if we don’t mean to!

And so it’s essential that you understand what you want your brand to be, what it stands for and how to get that across properly to people.

Ever feel like you’re not attracting your ideal clients? And wondered why?

Have a look at some of your competitors’ websites – I’ll bet you’ll find many are created from some kind of template and they can have a fairly standard, corporate feel to them.

Everything looks the same – same services, same stock photos, same fonts… it can be very difficult to work out the kind of people you’re dealing with and thus, many people who try to market purely online find it difficult to get the results they really want.

Doing good work and being honest and reliable are worthy characteristics. But let’s be realistic, it’s charisma and personality that make a person and their business succeed.

Which is why when I work with clients on creating their authentic signature brand, I include the amazing power of archetypes.

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So what is an archetype?

Archetypes are well-established character types that exist in each one of us and permeate the essence of who we are.

Archetypes define our personality and our values and when you reflect your own archetype in your personal branding, your ideal clients are drawn to you.

Your audience can connect with who you are rather than just what you do (which may be the same as thousands of other business owners).

There are dozens of different archetypes and they’re often used in therapy and healing. I focus on just 12 in branding a business like yours.

What’s important to know is that each archetype: Alchemist, Maverick, Humanitarian, Artist, Nurturer, Jester, Romantic, Innocent, Hero, Ruler, Explorer and Teacher has it’s own meaning, personality, values, strengths, likes and dislikes and sense of mission.

What this means for you is that when you brand your business with the stunningly accurate power of archetypes, you immediately make your marketing easier and incredibly exciting because you’ll (finally!) clearly communicate who you are and what you’re all about to your audience.

Branding With Archetypes dives deep into the heart and soul of who you are. We see this shining through in highly successful people who’ve turned who they are into a brand they love.

Here are three examples to show you exactly what I mean:

Example 1: Angelina Jolie

Can you guess which archetype Angelina is? Well, in her early twenties Angelina was known for being a Rebel and she is still a voice for challenging authority (through the Jolie-Pitt Foundation she fights against global issues of injustice such as immigration, sexual violence and rape).

However, she channels most of her energy now through her true archetype of Humanitarian and is passionate about helping those less fortunate than herself. She is a special envoy for the United Nations and is noted for her extensive work in poorer countries of the world.

Example 2: Oprah Winfrey

What is Oprah’s speciality? Transformation! Oprah takes the raw material of life and turns it into something amazing through her charitable work and makeovers.

Her archetype is the Alchemist – the archetype of change and transformation.

Her message is clear and consistent: with enough determination ANYONE can live their best life.

Example 3: Me! Emma Hague

As a Ruler archetype (with some influence of the Hero) I am passionate about taking control of my own future and creating a prosperous and successful family and community.

I strongly believe that we are in control of (and responsible for) how our lives turn out and in helping others achieve the results they desire.

Which is why in the ‘Identifying your unique brilliance and authentic brand’ session I’ll be hosting at the FHT Training Congress in May, we’ll focus on how your brand is your personal archetype expressed through your business.

It’s personality that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. Archetypes give you a highly creative yet easily structured way to create a brand rich with emotion and personality – one that’s authentic and unique to YOU.

Emma will be giving two talks at the 2018 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health Show:

Charge what you’re worth and get it
Room 3, Sunday 20 May, 12pm – 1pm

Do you often feel unsure about what you should be charging? Do you feel like you can’t charge what you want to, because you’ll lose clients or you’d feel guilty charging more? Learn the secrets to understanding your own value and pricing with confidence, so you can finally charge what you’re worth… and get it!

Identifying your unique brilliance and authentic brand
Room 3, Monday 21 May, 10.30 – 11.30am

In this fun and inspirational session, you will discover your ‘brand archetype’, which unlocks the powerful, instantly recognisable presence within you that is a client-attraction and opportunity magnet. Capture your spirit, personality and passion into an authentic brand that you can use in all of your marketing.

 

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