Pregnancy & Labour
During 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 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)
How many treatments will I need?
In the first trimester you may want more regular treatment especially if you're feeling particularly anxious or nauseous - thereafter, if you're feeling good, I usually recommend once a month up to 28 weeks, then fortnightly to 35 weeks and then weekly until baby arrives.
Reflexology can be hugely supportive during the initial weeks and especially helpful for addressing:
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 as they arise such as:-
Regular reflexology will help you relax and offers a wonderful way to connect with your baby.
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.
Reflexology is powerfully 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.
Ultimately your baby is totally in control of when they arrive but my experience shows me that babies tend to come when Mum is feeling utterly relaxed and calm and this is where reflexology really comes into its own!
Appts. available 10am-8.00pm weekdays & 10am-3pm Saturdays
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
Initial Consultation and Full Treatment (75 to 90 mins) £65
Follow up treatment (60 mins) £55
A course of 6 treatments (payable in advance) £297
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 to visit The Association of Reflexologists