Maternity Reflexology is aimed specifically at women during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.
During your pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s equilibrium.
There are many common discomforts during pregnancy and reflexology may help you with these.
Relief of stress and anxiety
Increased energy levels
Ease physiological discomforts
Nausea and vomiting
High blood pressure
Oedema (swelling, mainly of feet and ankles)
Ligament and groin pain
Symphysis pubis dysfunction
Insomnia and sleep problems
Turning a breech baby
Preparation for labour
Reflexology is safe and effective during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended if there is a history of premature labour, severe hypertension, placenta previa or recent vaginal bleeding. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.
Research has shown that women who have regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy are more likely to have a shorter labour.
First time mums who received 10 reflexology treatments prior to giving birth had an average labour of 5 to 6 hours
It was also noted that the group treated with reflexology needed far less pain relief during labour.
Other benefits may include:
Avoidance of Induction of labour
A need for less pain relief
Improvement in co-ordination and acceleration of regular contractions
Preventing a retained placenta
Reflexology can help to alleviate postnatal problems and help with breastfeeding. It also assists with:
Stress and anxiety problems
Increase in energy levels
If you are interested in finding out more then please feel free to contact me.