Maternity Reflexology is aimed specifically at women during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.
Pregnancy and preparing for labour
During your pregnancy your body will go through significant changes - these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Receiving reflexology during pregnancy may help to alleviate and prevent some of the usual discomforts arising from this imbalance - it will also allow you time away from your busy life and a place where you can focus purely on yourself and your growing baby.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefitted from reflexology throughout their pregnancy and in fact two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour(1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour(1) and improved quality of sleep in post-natal women(2).(See below)
There are often huge changes in hormone levles as well as anxieties and concerns about the changes that are going to happen. You may feel delighted, anxious, exhilarated, weepy and exausted - sometimes all at once. On top of this you may be trying to keep up appearances at work whilst feeling nauseous and tired! I can help you relax, de-stress, offer support and a listening ear.
Second and third trimester
Most of the discomforts of early pregnancy have gone, however as the baby grows you may begin to experience other physical symptoms. Your stress levels may rise as the birth becomes more imminent. Reflexology can be used for general well-being or to address other health issues such as sleeping problems as they arise. I am here to support you through any worries or concerns you may have.
Preparation for labour
Reflexology is wonderfully relaxing helping to calm the mind, aid sleep and ease tension as you prepare for your big day! As your due date approaches you may find it useful to visit more regularly. Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, the general view is that it will help support the body to prepare for labour and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high.
Appts. available 10am-8.00pm weekdays & 10am-3pm Saturdays
Reflexology can be safely and effectively used throughout pregnancy if given by a fully qualified and experienced reflexologist. There are certain contra-indications to maternity reflexology treatments - in these cases reflexology may not be suitable. Please get in touch if you require any further information. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.
Click here for the Association of Reflexologist's Support for Pregnancy video on YouTube where a client explains the benefits of reflexology
Post natal care
You've been through one of the most colossal experiences in life - especially if you're a first time mum! Reflexology may help you to cope with the demands of caring for a new baby and be of great support as your body recovers balance and the menstrual cycle returns to normal.
I have also found it to be particularly soothing where there have been issues with the following:
(1) VALIANI M ET AL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310
(2) LI C-Y ET AL(2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186
Click here to visit The Association of Reflexologists