Supporting my client through her Donor egg cycle, using the Mind/Body Connection
“I first met Gaynor after we had been trying for a baby for just over 4 years and on our 3rd round of IVF.
We had done 2 rounds with my own eggs but due to having such poor results with embryo's developing and not surviving thaws, we knew we couldn't go through another round of heartbreak with such low chances and so looked into an egg donor.
After research and talking through with close family members the decision felt right and this was still a chance that I could carry and grow our baby. We went into our third round of IVF feeling slightly more optimistic about our chances but after our 1st transfer didn't work we had reached rock bottom and I knew I needed to do something to change my frame of mind.
I did some research into alternative therapies and that is how I came across Reflexology and Gaynor. Gaynor went to work straight away helping me re-set my negative thoughts through talk-throughs and breathing exercises.
From our first session she taught me that it is so important to have nurturing thoughts and tell your mind and body that it is safe to carry a baby, imagine the baby growing inside you, imagine it kicking and holding it on your chest, these are thoughts I would never allow myself to have previously as I thought I would be building myself up for more disappointment.
Gaynor helped me through the many early stages of IVF from testing days to the early scans and the tools/techniques she taught me to handle these I still use today to help me stay in the positive mind set and block out any negative thoughts. The scripts that Gaynor read to me have been extremely useful and after a few sessions I felt so much more positive about the next transfer.
I am now 14 weeks pregnant and I can honestly say I don't think we would be where we are without the help, support, advice and guidance from Gaynor, I just wish I had met her sooner in our journey!
Trying to conceive after pregnancy loss
“My partner and I had been TTC for almost 3 years before I came to see Gaynor. Most months just ended in disappointment but we’d also gone through 2 early miscarriages. Both in our mid to late thirties, we had resigned ourselves to a child free future together.
With nothing to lose, I got in touch with Gaynor who was supportive from the outset. We began treatments, and she recommended a number of changes to my diet and lifestyle. I found it a little overwhelming initially as it was such a change for me, but with Gaynor’s knowledge, she supported me to make the changes that I felt comfortable with. I quickly felt more relaxed, motivated, positive and focused.
I fell pregnant within a month of starting to see Gaynor. My anxiety throughout the pregnancy was constantly high but Gaynor’s treatments, reassurance and regular check ins with me guided me through. After a long 9 months, we have just welcomed our gorgeous little boy into the world and it is without doubt that Gaynor’s involvement set us on the right track. Thank you!!“
Unexplained (In) Fertility & Low AMH
“After 5 years of trying to conceive our longed for baby, and having battled through the GP to be finally referred for testing, we were met with negativity and a one size fits all approach.
We felt like a number in a system rather than people and it was a really traumatic time. We were told we had unexplained infertility with a few red flags around my egg count and low AMH, and were brushed off and told we wouldn’t conceive naturally, that we were running out of time,and that our only option was IVF.
We always felt very convicted though that this wasn’t the right approach for us and that there must be an explanation. We were heartbroken feeling let down every time it was the only thing suggested, rather than them helping us work out what was wrong.
Having desperately tried to seek out a different, more gentle way, we went down the route of natural IVF, which initially was looking positive, however after another knock back with the clinic we decided this wasn’t for us at that time either. Totally broken, at the lowest we’ve ever been, we found Gaynor.
Words can not express how grateful we are that we stumbled upon her website. Despite being quite an open minded person to be honest I was a bit sceptical, however I knew that a more holistic, gentle and caring approach was needed to work out what was wrong, and I was willing to try anything that fitted the bill.
It’s not an over statement to say that Gaynor has changed our lives for the better forever. Each week during our sessions I felt ‘me’ coming back and the dark cloud that had been over us for years lift slowly, with renewed hope that things could be different.
We threw ourselves in to everything she suggested, alongside the reflexology she helped me get re tested at the correct times of the month for the right things and we unpicked all of the results together to see what could be done using the experience she had.
This was hand in hand with her helping me have a much greater understanding of my cycle which really helped me take back control.
Despite being very healthy eaters already we both worked on our nutrition with Gaynor and both totally changed our diet taking on board every suggestion, which we believe was key to overhauling the whole situation.
We felt the best we had ever done physically and got in to the best possible place we could be mentally too, as we slowly started to undo the damage done from the chronic stress of the past few years.
Of course we didn’t have our baby yet so there was a limit to how positive we could feel, and there were still many very difficult days and lots of tears as the longing ever increased.
But I truly believe regularly talking it all through with Gaynor, being listened to, being treated like a person not a number and knowing she was doing all she could for us was a game changer.
Having a plan and feeling like I was finally in control of something and making positive steps forwards, rather than focusing on the negatives was great.
Gaynor was always very clear that she couldn’t promise us we would conceive naturally, and we always knew IVF may still be the route we would have to go down, but the goal was to be in the best possible place to conceive naturally, or for a successful IVF course. She only ever promised her full support, and it was unwavering.
After just 2 months I fell pregnant which was amazing but I knew something didn’t feel right and sadly we lost our little love, just as covid hit the UK and the first lock down happened.
It was crushing and we hit a new low, but Gaynor was right there with us as we navigated starting again and moving forwards, and during a pandemic!
During a few months break to let my body heal a bit, we carried on with the nutritional side of things as well as regular check in sessions with Gaynor and just a few months later, six months after our miscarriage, I conceived naturally again and this time it felt different.
Navigating the pregnancy was challenging to say the least! The anxiety we felt was full on but I continued to see Gaynor, and she went above and beyond keeping in touch between sessions.
I’m now sat here writing this with our gorgeous baby boy in my arms, still in disbelief really but totally over joyed. We will be forever grateful to Gaynor who has helped bring us our greatest joy.”
“It’s been so hard to find the words to express how we feel.
I will be forever grateful to have met you and there honestly are no words to thank you for what you have done for us.
We arrived in to your care totally broken. We were really struggling. I feel like through this whole thing I’ve regained the love for my body again having felt very let down by it and like I was ‘broken’.
I’m just so incredibly grateful that you did all you could for us and that ultimately we now have our XXXX!!
Thank you so much. Thankyou isn’t enough at all! I would love you to meet him sometime!”
Preparing for IVF with Endometriosis
Gaynor was such a positive part of my infertility journey. The moment I met her I knew she really cared about what I was going through. She has such a fountain of knowledge in regards to fertility & was always helping in whatever way she could not just reflexology (which was amazing by the way).She went out of her way to make sure she could provide sessions that corresponded with my IVF. I am currently sat here with my 11 week old, who was our first transfer. I truely believe gaynor had a massive part to play on the success of my IVF. Thanks so much Gaynor you really are amazing!
Preparing For IVF
My FFF sessions with Gaynor have been invaluable. We have been trying for a baby for 7 years, 5 of those have been through IVF, and we have had 3 losses along the way. When I started the sessions with Gaynor I was in a dark place, feeling anxious about the future and fearful of our next steps. Many friends have children and many have had babies recently which has been tough, and left me feeling isolated after our last miscarriage. Triggers were everywhere and they were sending me into a spiral of anxiety and depression all the time, meaning I was either avoiding situations or pushing myself to enter situations then falling apart afterwards.
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PCOS, with an irregular anovulatory cycle.
“Gaynor was recommended to me by a friend whilst I was trying to conceive. I was not disappointed! Gaynor is extremely knowledgable.
Her knowledge and expertise in the area of fertility, hormones, supplementation and diet is second to none. After 6 months of trying for a baby followed by a series of sessions with Gaynor I fell pregnant with our first baby and I largely put this down to the advice from Gaynor and the super relaxing reflexology sessions that helped to stimulate ovulation and encourage conception. I would strongly recommend Gaynor to anyone trying for a baby - Rachel.”
PCOS and male factor infertility.
Twins conceived naturally after being told their next step would be IVF🤰🤰.
This couple are a complete inspiration to other couples, both prepared to put in the work they completely took charge of their own fertility, made all the necessary changes and they are now a healthy mum and dad to twins.
“I first started my sessions with Gaynor last year.. I have got pcos and there was other issues we were faced with that was making it very difficult to conceive.. after going private and them saying that the next stop was IVF I just couldn’t accept that.. that was our last and only option.. I did some research and came across Reflexology.. I found Gaynor and to my delight found she specialised in women with pcos! I went very nervously to the first appointment feeling very vulnerable and sensitive to the ongoing heartache of not getting pregnant.. I had a little cry but I came out feeling so positive and thinking I’m definitely going to do this! It was the happiest I had felt in such a long time! Gaynor not only performed the reflexology she also had an incredible amount of knowledge about health and what we could be doing to better our chances! It was almost like “homework” that we could carry on after the sessions..she also stayed in regular contact and genuinely cared about our journey.. it was a breath of fresh air speaking to somebody who gave us the ability to feel like we were in control of our situation! I followed all of Gaynor’s advice had a break from the private clinic and we amazingly got pregnant with twins! All natural! Both are amazing and doing well now 13 weeks old! on top of all that we not only got pregnant but we were healthy and eating well! Don’t give up on your journey because Gaynor is a little glimmer of hope that we all need! Thank you Gaynor for everything!”
Preconception care and pregnancy support after loss, and trauma
“I have been seeing Gaynor for reflexology treatment for over 2 years.
Gaynor is knowledgable, understanding and very skilled, delivering first class treatment every time.
My reflexology treatments have had a beneficial effect both physically and mentally.
Not only is Gaynor excellent for reflexology, focusing on specific areas for successful pregnancy and delivery, Gaynor also supports and advisors on nutrition and mindfulness and it’s importance in the pregnancy journey.
Gaynor has a great understanding of all areas of fertility issues.
I have and I will continue to recommend Gaynor.”
Supporting My Client Through IVF
When I first visited Gaynor, I was about 2.5 years into our trying to conceive journey. After testing etc I had been diagnosed with PCOS and I had begun a course of 3 cycles of clomid which I had been fortunate enough to meet the requirements to be prescribed on the NHS. I had also been doing acupuncture sessions weekly for about 8 months but wasn’t sure it was totally for me and had been recommended to look into the potential holistic benefits to fertility of reflexology. I was determined that if I was going to try reflexology then I wanted it to be with a specialist in fertility which brought me to Gaynor.
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Solo-Mum Using Donor Sperm
This lovely lady came to me to help prepare her body for pregnancy, and I’m over the moon to say she’s now carrying a little person inside her🤰💜.
“I first went to see Gaynor at the beginning of January in the hopes of conceiving later in the year. I have an autoimmune condition and have always been concerned it would effect my fertility so I wanted to be as prepared as I could be. Since coming off the pill two years before my cycle had been all over the place and had left me with some pretty nasty side effects. At my initial appointment Gaynor made me feel heard and informed and left me feeling so positive that she could help me. Within the month my cycle had gained some normality and I was more relaxed and sleeping better. The actual reflexology is unbelievably relaxing and it’s amazing the things she could pick up from just my feet, I’m always so excited for my next session. Gaynor doesn’t just offer reflexology, she checks in with you regularly to see how you’re getting on and to offer some invaluable advice. I’m now in my second trimester after one try the first month and genuinely put it down to the work Gaynor and I have done together. She also went out of her way to come and do a home visit to help with implantation when I couldn’t get to the clinic which I’ll be forever grateful for. I’ll be continuing my sessions throughout my pregnancy and can’t recommend it enough. Gaynor is a kind and lovely lady who you’ll be comfortable and at ease with, its not something you’ll ever regret doing.”
Pregnancy after recurring miscarriage.
💜“Thank you so much for the reflexology sessions (from pre conception to a week before my due date), they were relaxing and much needed. In addition the help you provided me with, the fertility knowledge, nutritional advice and a sympathetic ear was amazing. It was all above and beyond my expectations and provided me with knowledge and hope.
It’s been a whirlwind since the little ones arrival and I haven’t said thank you to you so, thank you for everything. I looked forward to each and every session.”
Pregnancy after recurring miscarriage.
💜“Having never had reflexology before I wasn’t sure what to expect. With Gaynor, not only are the sessions relaxing (which is of course is lovely) but you get so much more. Gaynor was so informative about nutrition and health and most of all fertility. So accessible, Gaynor will text you to see how your getting on and offer as much support as possible.
Like having your own fertility coach, the service from Gaynor was wonderful. I write this 32 weeks pregnant after two missed miscarriages, we’re looking forward to welcoming our baby soon.”
💜“Absolutely amazing service, far beyond regular reflexology, Gaynor offers personal fertility guidance and we were lucky enough to conceive on our first month with Gaynor after 7 months trying.”
Pregnancy after an ectopic pregnancy and an anovulatory cycle
💜"Can't speak highly enough of Gaynor's support, skill as a reflexologist and all-round knowledge regarding natural fertility aids and conditions affecting fertility. My treatments with Gaynor were successful and I conceived twice whilst having weekly sessions.
Although she doesn't make any claims to be a fertility expert as such, she is much more than a reflexologist focussing on fertility. From the outset she analysed my situation very methodically to understand how to approach the sessions and suggested a number of lifestyle adjustments and complimentary treatments / tests. She also taught me how to monitor my cycle and track ovulation. Her support does not start and end at the treatment room door. She is with you throughout the journey and in regular contact between treatments. Gaynor analysed my charting and hospital results and even encouraged me to question what I was being told medically.
Within a few months my previously erratic and long cycle was regular and reduced by a number of days. I then went on to conceive twice. Unfortunately, the first one did not work out but her treatments helped to get my body and cycle back on track and able to conceive again in a very short time.
Aside from all of this, her treatments are incredible (if you can stay awake...)"
Recurring pregnancy loss - Natural Killer Cells (NK cells).
💜“I first met Gaynor whilst I was undergoing IVF treatment in 2016. I was stressed and my body was exhausted! We managed to get three good embryos from our cycle but unfortunately our fresh transfer ended in an early miscarriage.
In 2017 I started seeing Gaynor again for regular treatments and whilst they were brilliant, she offered me so much more than this. Her help and support did not stop once the treatment room door closed behind me. Gaynor helped me to learn how to monitor my cycles, have additional tests done to rule out other problems, and gave me the confidence to question doctors and push for answers. Gaynor was always just a message away and happy to answer any questions I had.
Our FET sadly ended with another early miscarriage (my fourth). Gaynor was really supportive at all times and I discussed with her our next steps. I’d already had testing for recurrent miscarriages which all came back as ‘normal’.
When I had recovered, I continued with regular treatments and my cycle regulated. I started ovulating every month, something I had never seen before! I underwent further testing for natural killer cells which showed I had high levels and was to take steroids in the event I got pregnant again. Because of Gaynor’s help with regulating my cycle, I was able to have a natural FET this time which was much less stressful on me physically and mentally. This resulted in a positive pregnancy test and the birth of my beautiful son in July 2018.
I am so glad I found someone as skilled and caring as Gaynor, my only regret is that I did not find her before starting my IVF journey back in 2016, who knows, I may not have even needed to go through IVF 🤷🏻♀️ I would urge anyone seeing Gaynor or thinking of seeing her to take full advantage of her knowledge and skills, she really does know her stuff!”
💜“After never having reflexology before, I decided to give it a go after chatting to a friend. My husband and I were desperately trying for a baby, and I just couldn’t get the hang of my ovulation or varying cycles. From meeting Gaynor she not only provided the most amazing reflexology treatment, but she also gave me a huge amount of fertility advice. She is so knowledgeable-from diet, supplement recommendations through to ovulation tracking, she provided me with the information I needed to maximise my chances of getting pregnant.
After seeing her regularly for 4 months or so, I became pregnant and I’m now 13 weeks. My husband and I are so excited and I cannot thank Gaynor enough! I will continue to see her through my pregnancy to keep my stress levels in control.”
More Testimonials - Male factor infertility
My husband and I had been trying for a baby for a short time but I was feeling the pressure, and after researching holistic therapies I booked a reflexology appointment with Gaynor. I got pregnant after the first session, but sadly had a missed miscarriage. I tried all sorts to assist my body to do what it needed to do at the time and it was only after a session with Gaynor that it did.
I also had trouble getting my mind back to “normal” and had regular sessions with Gaynor. She offered a breadth of knowledge which was above and beyond what I expected and I left each session feeling positive about my fertility. I also on Gaynors recommendation went to counselling to deal with grief which really did give me strength and a positive attitude I felt I had lost.
Gaynor recommended my husband come to reflexology on his own one month. After a bit of persuasion he did and low and behold we got pregnant that weekend. We are going to meet our baby in a few short weeks. Even my husband recommends it now to his friends trying to conceive!
Recurring pregnancy loss - Natural Killer Cells
At 37 yrs old and suffering with recurrent miscarriages, all the test results pointed to me going through early menopause, and I was told IVF would be my only hope. I had a limited egg quantity left, which in turn usually means poor egg quality too, and the success rates with my test results were low even then. I was put on a fertility drug before we proceeded to IVF in a last ditch attempt at plumping up my follicles and getting a healthy egg. I spent hours a day reading up about anything and everything that could help me. I ended up taking quite a few supplements, along side a healthy diet (being a personal trainer my diet was already pretty good) and I then read about fertility reflexology being able to help.
So with that I had already heard great things about Cheshire Natural Health in Warrington and had heard a client talk about Gaynor who worked out of there. I booked an appointment with Gaynor and got started. Gaynor was amazing and made me feel at ease talking about my fertility struggles and what I was going through, she advised some subtle changes to my diet and got me tracking some things during my cycle, she taught me what to do whilst at home out of her sessions and kept in touch throughout the month asking for updates on certain things. I started with her half way through a cycle and it was the second full cycle I had whilst seeing her that I got another positive pregnancy test, but this time it seems whatever my body needed to keep this baby, it had got, as I’m now in my third trimester with 9 weeks to go till I meet my baby girl ..... I truly believe that Gaynor was the final help I needed to make this happen for us and I couldn’t recommend her enough 💕 x
Elevated prolactin hindering ovulation, and an irregular cycle
Me and my husband had been trying for our first baby for 6 months. Although to some this might not seem long, I just wanted to make sure that everything was okay as this was our first time trying.
Having researched holistic treatments I’d come across Gaynor and decided to book an appointment. I found Gaynor friendly supportive but mostly really informative, Gaynor really does know her stuff! Not only did I find the reflexology relaxing and something for me! Gaynor helped me understand what I could be doing to support my fertility, looking at vitamins, diet and requesting blood test from my local doctors to see if there was anything else to be aware of. It turned out I had higher than normal prolactin levels. Gaynor Went out of her way to understand and support me through this, she did her own research and sent me articles to read, holistic treatments and tailored my reflexology appointments to help reduce my prolactin levels.
Within 2 months after discovering I had high prolactin levels I fell pregnant!!!
I am now 8 weeks due from delivery and I am so thankful for Gaynor’s support I truly believe her knowledge and dedication to her clients is why I am pregnant today. Throughout my course of reflexology sessions Gaynor would text to make sure I was okay, reflexology is more than a job to Gaynor she really does go over and above and truly cares for her clients.
Thank you Gaynor I will be forever grateful!
Recurring pregnancy loss
After several miscarriages and being diagnosed with Uterine Killer Cells following a trial at Coventry, we thought we had the answer to our problems. Little did we know that 2 years later, we were still struggling to conceive (even though in the past, this had not been an issue) We tried everything and were due to start ivf. I wanted to try something alternative and that’s when I came across Gaynor. Having home visits is a real plus, own environment and convenient to fit around work. After the first session - I was hooked. She gave amazing advice in relation to diet, allergies and to take all the inflammation away from the body. I started to feel more relaxed and charted temps. To our surprise- within 3 sessions and having the support, we were finally pregnant! Having found the complete balance definitely assisted and I can’t thank Gaynor enough. Today I am now 34 weeks pregnant and looking forward to our baby arriving.
My client went on to conceive her daughter after her FET
It may sound out of context but thanks to my infertility issue I met Gaynor. Having to face such a difficult moment of my life meant feeling sad, nervous, depressed and very fragile. Gaynor represented for me not only an amazing expert in reflexology but also a superb human being who does her job beyond the hour of treatment. She is extremely prepared in what she is doing and follows you all the way through texting, researching and keeping in touch with you to understand on a regular basis how you feel in order to tailor each session according to your needs. She has gone out of her way to support me with her knowledge and her compassion. And definitely this made a difference in bringing my emotional state to a better place.
I truly believe her input in my journey is essential. Also the environment is very pleasant and well run. The lady at the reception Tracy greets you always with a smile and that also makes a difference.
Thank you Gaynor for all your precious assistance. The journey is not yet come to an end but with you by my side I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Struggling to conceive due to increased stress and anxiety having a knock on effect with her fertility.
My client was struggling to conceive due to still breastfeeding her 2 year old at night, as a consequence she wasn't ovulating. I'm pleased to say my client is now 15 weeks pregnant at the time of posting💜
Treatments with Gaynor are as relaxing as they are effective. I first started seeing Gaynor to help with my sinus trouble which improved significantly and then when we were planning our first baby. She was a valuable source of advice and relaxation and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a reflexologist.
You can never underestimate the effects of stress on your health so it's important you get the right support for you💜
Diagnosed with PCOS
I have PCOS and while I conceived my first child without difficulty when we started trying for our second I discovered I wasn’t ovulating. After seeing the GP and Consultant I was prescribed clomid and luckily we conceived on our second cycle of 50mg and I am now 16 weeks pregnant. I started seeing Gaynor a couple of months before I started taking clomid. I was very anxious about everything and had read good things about reflexology. Gaynor was wonderful and really helped put my mind at ease. She is extremely knowledgeable and has lots of experience working with women in similar situations to mine. The sessions were very relaxing and she always had lots of useful tips for me to try. She kept in regular contact outside of our sessions which I found a big source of support. I honestly couldn’t recommend Gaynor highly enough.