Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

August 2013

Case study – Kim

All of the case studies you will read here are the experiences of real Anam Cara clients. They have asked for their real names not to be used to protect their privacy but all of them wanted others to know that problems can be overcome, whatever they are.


I had been having problems conceiving, and with a history of irregular – or no - periods and a miscarriage two years previously, I had sought medical help. When I was referred to the hospital, tests revealed that I had polycystic ovaries and I was not ovulating properly.

Getting fertility treatment is a slow process and the gynaecologist at the hospital suggested that while the process was getting underway, I might want to try some alternative medicine. I found Anam Cara after searching online and really liked what I read on their website. Having read up on various treatments, I decided to try reflexology.

After three or four sessions with Anam Cara’s reflexologist, I had my first period in 18 months – and I hadn’t even started the conventional medication yet. Within those first few reflexology sessions, I felt like she relaxed my system and also helped beyond the ovulation issues. I started to deal with things like stress at work better too.

However, my periods remained irregular so it was clear I would also need to start the medication. They warned me that the treatment programme I was on can take up to six cycles and may not even work at all and if this was the case, then we’d have to consider IVF.

After six months working with Anam Cara’s practitioner I felt relaxed, responsive and mentally prepared to try fertility treatment and after the very first cycle of treatment, I became pregnant. I really believe that my reflexology sessions at Anam Cara and the conventional medicine worked together perfectly.

The Sessions

The reflexology sessions at Anam Cara are always very calming and relaxing. My practitioner and I start each session with a discussion about how I am and what’s been happening since the previous session – both medically and in my life. At the end of each session, she will tell me what she’s been doing and what she’s discovered and she will also give me advice on things I can do between sessions to carry on the good work. She will often tell me something I had no idea about, like identifying my underactive thyroid. After she told me about that, I went to the doctor and sure enough I had an underactive thyroid confirmed.

Anam Cara’s practitioner is very friendly, warm and approachable – as everyone at Anam Cara is. She makes it easy for me to open up to her on subjects that are difficult to talk about. We have talked about other treatments I might try but there’s never any pressure – it’s just giving me options and leaving it up to me to make the choices.

I still go to Anam Cara once every three weeks. Of course, my original aim was to go for reflexology to help me get my periods back, and then in the longer term, to get pregnant. What I’ve realised along the way is just how much reflexology has helped in so many other areas of my life too, not least at work where I deal with challenges with much more calmness and control these days. Reflexology at Anam Cara has helped to reduce stress, increase energy, cleanse and detoxify. It really has helped to restore balance and calm in both my personal and working life.

I cannot thank Anam Cara’s practitioner enough for her support. I am now 24 weeks pregnant and reflexology continues to play an important role in my health and wellbeing. I see myself going to my practitioner throughout my pregnancy and beyond. In fact, I can’t see myself wanting to stop.