Barbara Scott, MBRA, MARR – Founder and Chair of the ARR
I began training in 1993 with Nicola Hall of the Bayley School of Reflexology and is am a member of The British Reflexology Association. I am also Founder and Chair of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists (The ARR). I have been in practice for 20 years.
My very first client was a woman who was experiencing difficulties with conceiving and then repeated miscarriage, and my work with this client set me firmly on my path to working in this specialist field. As a result of working with this one client, many more women came seeking treatment for gynecological and fertility related issues and I therefore, spent a lot of time researching conditions and ways of supporting and working with these women.
It became evident that working only with women, for fertility issues meant that we were missing some pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. Men had a role to play too! And in fact the statistics for fertility issues are that a third are female related, a third male and a third joint. The challenge then became to encourage males to come for assessment and treatment too. My view was that even if they didn’t continue with treatment then at least we might have some more information about what might be causing the difficulties with conception.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with some wonderfully experienced practitioners in a wide variety of clinics. This experience and observation of both orthodox medical practice and complementary medical practitioners helped in my development of a range of protocols for working with male and female clients pre-conceptually and alongside the varying forms of assisted conception. These protocols have since developed to incorporate the changing views, opinions and practice in the field of fertility treatment.
In 2008, I ran a series of small training sessions, to see if these techniques were of interest too and would work for other practitioners. These practitioners, found the protocols not only to be of great help to their clients, but useful in reducing side effects of assisted conception and improving success rates. The course is run over two sets of two days with a six month gap in between, this allows for the completion of case study work. We start with the basics, such as gathering the correct and appropriate information, ensuring that practitioners have ‘all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle’ and work through to understanding the drug and treatment protocols for assisted conception in its varying forms. Practitioners are provided with detailed and prescriptive treatment protocols for working with clients (both male and female) at each step of their fertility journey.
I now run courses around the UK and have, to date, trained approximately 260 practitioners.
In 2011, along with some of my students, we formed The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, of which I am Chair. This has allowed us to continue to develop our knowledge in this specialist field. We run lecture days twice a year with speakers who are able to provide us with ways of extending our knowledge and expertise. Most recently, Dr Sheryl Homa an eminent Andrologist delivered a lecture for us on male fertility. It has also allowed us to begin a study in data collection as to how effective this may be as a form of treatment for a wide range of fertility related conditions and we presented these results at our Lecture Day in October.
I have also lectured for the British Reflexology Association, Leicester Royal Infirmary (Fertility Clinic), Derby University as a Guest Lecturer on Reproductive Reflexology and will be lecturing for The Association of Reflexologists and at the Reflexology In Europe Network conference in Madeira in May 2014 on this subject.
Additionally, I have also broadcast on BBC Radio Nottingham, Heart FM and provided information for the local press.
I am currently writing a book, Reproflexology, A Practitioners Manual for Reproductive Reflexologists which will be available in early 2016.