I had reflexology with Heather as I was 3 days overdue and climbing the walls at home. The reflexology was lovely....and worked! I started contracting as soon as I got home and my little boy was born the following morning. Heather was really informative and answered all my labour questions. It was a lovely experience, I would highly recommend xx
Hayley (maternity reflexology)
Research studies have shown that women who receive regular reflexology during pregnancy have better pregnancies and have a shorter labour with less intervention and require less pain relief.
(Notha, G 1994; Valiani, M et al 2010)
During your pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes that will affect the emotional, hormonal, psychological and physiological balance of your body. Although it is an exciting time, pregnancy can sometimes present challenges whilst your body adjusts and learns to cope with these changes.
Reflexology can be a great support for relieving stress and tension; evoking deep relaxation and creating a sense of well-being. Reflexology is safe during pregnancy and you will receive a thorough consultation at every appointment with Heather, maternity reflexologist and practising midwife.
Pregnancy reflexology may help to alleviate symptoms arising from the following conditions:
- Nausea and morning sickness
- Low energy levels
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Emotional disturbances and mood swings
- Back ache
- Anxiety and stress
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pelvic Girdle Pain/ SPD
- Ligament and groin pain
PREPARATION FOR LABOUR
Providing mother and baby are healthy, reflexology can be used to help prepare for labour. Although it is not claimed that reflexology can induce labour, it is believed to be helpful in the final few weeks and days when stress and anxiety levels often rise.
Stress hormones may delay the onset of labour so the more prepared and relaxed you feel, the better. Treatments change slightly as the due date approaches and we focus more on encouraging the birthing process to commence by stimulating the body to produce oxytocin (the hormone that makes the uterus contract), encouraging the cervix to dilate and loosening the pelvis. You will receive tips and advice to practice at home to encourage the natural on set of labour.
Receiving post-natal reflexology following the birth of your baby is invaluable for balancing, harmonising and enhancing physical and emotional well-being.
Even if the birth of your child was a straightforward, low risk birthing experience, your entire system will appreciate being balanced back to a non-pregnant state. Equally, after all of the hard work, you deserve a post-natal reflexology session! (click here for our combined baby massage and postnatal reflexology package).
Regular sessions at this time may be beneficial to alleviate symptoms of common postnatal problems such as:
- Engorged breasts
- Stimulate lactation
- Urine retention
- Stress and anxiety
- Postnatal depression
- Induce sleep
- Increase energy levels.
Reflexology is safe and effective during pregnancy. Heather has expert knowledge in this area as a specialist maternity reflexologist and a practicing midwife. 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 immediately.
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