Yoga Reflexology Acupressure for Pregnancy

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Yoga can be linked with Acupressure in order to help increase fertility or balance hormones. Keep your body exercised and in check with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist, coming to you today from Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies. Today, we will be discussing yoga refloxology for pregnancy. Now, that's a bunch of different terms kind of all mixed together. Certainly you can do yoga to bring up your fertility and help you to get pregnant, because any exercise helps with endorphin flow, which helps to balance the hormones, as well as yoga's ability to open up the meridians that we use in Chinese medicine as well. So today, I'm going to show you a point located on the bottom of the foot, because when we talk about reflexology we use microsystems, the foot being one of them, and this point here today is called Kidney 1, and you can actually, you can almost see this point on our model here today without even touching it. See where this indentation is? There's actually two indentations. It's the one at the top of the foot on her, and this is the point that is said that we gather Chi and energy from the Earth, just when we're walking or standing or doing any type of Tai Chi or Chi Gong exercises. This is a point or an entire area actually that I recommend to most of my fertility patients to do self massage and acupressure on while they are trying to get pregnant and it's also completely safe to utilize when you're actually pregnant. So, you can use just a light pressure depending on how sensitive your feet are, all the way to thumb pressure, and another great way to get this point is actually to grasp the foot with finger and thumb in between the first and second metatarsal bones on the front of the foot, and you'll actually hit another point, Liver 3 that's really good for reducing stress. So, these two points right here can actually bring up the energetics of the body while still calming the individual, a great area to massage on yourself after a long draining day. So, there are lots of different yoga positions that you could use, as well, in order to enhance your fertility, and one of them that comes to mind is Viparita Karani, it's the pose of sages, and I recommend this to a lot of people. It's used in restorative yoga, and all you need is a wall to practice and yourself. So, what you would do is you would come close to the wall and you would put your butt up against the wall, lay down on the floor with your legs up the wall so that you're in an L shape position with your butt being right here, your head here and your legs like this up the wall and you just want to stay in that position for about 10 to 20 minutes or however long is comfortable for you and what that does is that actually helps to increase blood and Chi flow into the pelvic area of the body. It's said that if you do that pose every day of your life you're supposed to live to be over 100 so it's a great pose for anybody to do. It's very relaxing. It's also great during pregnancy when you have a lot of edema in your ankles and feet and you can't even really bend over to massage them yourself. You're just putting your legs up the wall and letting gravity kind of help relieve that edema in the foot and the legs. So, like I said, there are lots of different points hat you can use all over the body to enhance your fertility as well as points that can be used to minimize side effects during pregnancy. It's important that you have a physician that understands these times in your life because there are points that are contraindicated and can actually cause you harm or set you back in your endeavors. So, if you don't already have an acupuncture physician, I suggest that you find one on or I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was yoga refloxology for pregnancy.


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