Reflexology in pregnancy, labour, postnatal period.
Maternity Reflexology is aimed specifically at women during pre-conception, 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.
Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can shorten the duration of labour, with many women requiring less pain-relief.
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 and require less pain relief. Other benefits include:
Induction of labour
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