We came to know about hands on holistics and Andrea through a friend who was already attending sessions for reflexology and had conceived and gone on to have a healthy baby boy, but if I am honest i was a little bit sceptical. We had been trying for a few years to try and conceive but hadn't succeeded so far. I initially booked one session to see if this would work for me or if i felt comfortable . From the outset Andrea was professional yet very friendly. Trying to conceive can be very stressful and cause untold amounts of tension and pressure. My ongoing sessions with Andrea helped me feel relaxed and re filled me with enthusiasm and hope. Not only did i feel relaxed but i began to feel the benefits in the way my body felt . I feel Andrea has unique skills, a great deal of knowledge and is excellent at what she does. What also impressed me was Andrea is very empathic and so likeable that i would look forward to our sessions. She would always provide grounded and kind advice and even gave me books and reference material to borrow. Hands on holistics has definitely helped me in my health , general wellbeing and now i can happily say i am the proud mother of a newborn baby. I have and would recomend hands on holistics to anyone who is the same situation. I believe reflexology and the other treatments provided by Andrea would benefit everyone . Me and my baby look forward to Andrea's continued support and being regular clients for the years to come.
I decided to try maternity reflexology after suffering 2 miscarriages, Andrea was brilliant & on my first session picked up from the reflexology that I could be pregnant & it turned out I was! I continued having reflexology all the way throughout my pregnancy until my due date, I didn't suffer any backache, sickness, swollen feet etc & I had a big bump! The reflexology really helped & also it was nice to have an hours relaxation some time out for me! I now have a gorgeous healthy baby girl & had a great pregnancy & will definitely be going back to Andrea with baby number 2 & would recommend her to anyone!
I cannot speak more highly about the treatment I received from Andrea during my last pregnancy. I was recommended reflexology as I was suffering from sciatica and was therefore having significant pain in my lower back and legs. I found Andrea and little did I realise how much she was going to help me. I was amazed at the amount she could tell me about my health and my pregnancy just from my feet and the sessions were the most relaxing and pleasant hour and a half I have ever had. After the first session there was some improvement to my back pain and I slept like a dream, and by the third session my sciatica was gone. I continued to attend, looking forward each week to a period of time where I was completely relaxed and comfortable, which is rare during pregnancy, and the benefits continued. I then had a visit to the midwife and discovered that my baby was tranverse and lying across my stomach, I remembered back to Andrea saying that she had had previous success in turning babies so I contacted her immediately. I visited Andrea on the Friday morning, and that evening at my baby shower my tummy felt different and my baby was moving differently. I dare not get to excited but a visit to the midwife on the Monday confirmed that my baby was now lying head down. Andrea is fantastic at what she does, but is also a lovely person which makes the sessions all the more enjoyable. I would recommend her to anyone, pregnant or not!
When my little boy was coming up to 3 years old in 2006 we decided the time was right to have another baby. It had taken around 12 months for me to fall pregnant with him which now doesn’t seem so bad at all. After 12 months and no pregnancy I was feeling down, particularly as a lot of friends were expecting number 2. I had noticed my periods were more like every 8 weeks than every 4 but other than that I thought everything was ok. For reassurance I visited my GP and was referred to the assisted conception team at Calderdale. I was immediately diagnosed with PCOS which came as a big shock as other than the irregular cycle I had no other symptoms. I was given 6 months of clomid to start straight away. Unfortunately though it reduced my cycle to 34 days it also made my womb lining very thin meaning conception was near impossible. After 4 months of clomid the hospital tried me with tamoxifen – this did the same job without as many side effects, it didn’t work for me and the result was the same 34 day cycle, thin womb lining. I was by this point very upset, id expected an immediate pregnancy once I started with the clomid. The hospital experience was extremely stressful and I felt it made everything seem a lot worse, waiting for bad news all the time. When the tamoxifen didn’t work I was given a less than 5% chance of conceiving without IVF.
I looked into Reflexology. I had been a case study for a friend at the start of my infertility journey and remembered how relaxed I felt. I was recommended somebody through a friend. That lady was Andrea and its safe to say she saved me and made me a better person. I first went to Andrea early in 2010. The moment I met her I instantly felt calmer, it felt like id known Andrea years and years and she is such a kind lady straight away I felt at ease with her. Just being in Andreas house made me instantly forget my worries, if only for the time I was there. I could tell Andrea how I felt and she never ever judged me even when I was feeling upset or bitter about the world. For every negative I had Andrea gave me positives back. I started to feel much more relaxed and looked forward to my appointments with Andrea, the infertility didn’t ever go away I just felt better in other areas and felt a lot more calm than I had in a long time. I also noticed other things like my cycle became much more regular, I was still using metformin but think a lot of this was down to Reflexology – after every session I felt optimistic and tried to hang on to this in my down moments. In June 2010 I had my third miscarriage, I continued seeing Andrea who worked with me to reduce my metformin, after discussing with my GP as I was on a high dose. I was scared by this as I had relied on it for a long time, however I found my cycles continued to be regular and can only put this down to reflexology.
I stopped worrying about other things too like work and now have a very relaxed approach – I almost can’t worry now which is such a change for me. By this point I had a 28 day cycle, something I had never had before, the maternity reflexology was doing it’s job, my periods were at last regular with a complementary treatment instead or relying entirely on medication. Before I had chance I found out I was pregnant – I have never been so scared and nervous in all my life, 4 years after starting I was pregnant. I wanted to enjoy the pregnancy but it has been very scary and I have continued to see Andrea throughout my pregnancy and im sure if I hadn’t id be a nervous wreck. I am sure I will also continue after ive had my baby. I am 28 weeks pregnant and can’t ever thank Andrea enough as without reflexology and her patience, understanding and friendship I don’t doubt I would still be trying to conceive. Andrea has helped me complete my family and made me a much better person with a very different outlook, I am forever grateful to her and would highly recommend anybody struggling with infertility primary or secondary, to visit.