Maternity Reflexology can be used to support a women and her baby on their journey through pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and during post-natal care. Maternity reflexology may help both emotionally and physically. Its popularity is increasing due to its positive reputation and the excellent results experienced.
Reflexology and fertility
It is known that regular reflexology treatments may help to ease both emotional and physical stresses. It is also known that conception decreases when both partners are stressed and not in optimal health. Consequently, regular reflexology treatments may increase the likelihood of achieving success. Reflexology may help to normalise hormones and restore the body’s natural equilibrium.
Reflexology and pregnancy
As a mother of two young children I understand the aches and pains that are associated with pregnancy and the need to take time out to relax. Reflexology may be used from the second trimester to help with many pregnancy related ailments including; fatigue, back ache, sleep issues, breathlessness, reduced energy levels, digestive problems, joint pain and emotional wellness.
Reflexology and labour
Reflexology can be used in the last few weeks (weeks 37 plus) to help prepare the body mentally and physically for labour. Research has shown that reflexology during pregnancy may reduce pain during labour and also shorten the duration of the first stage of labour.
A pilot study of 100 overdue women, from 40 weeks of pregnancy was carried out at Walsall’s Manor Hospital - please take a look at the linked article on the NHS local website.
In the early 90s a research study was carried out by Dr. Gowri Motha, Ms Zia Rowjo and Dr Jane McGrath at Forest Gate Hospital. The research showed that regular reflexology during pregnancy helped with minor pregnancy ailments and the effects of reflexology on labour outcomes were outstanding. The results of the research can be found here.
Reflexology and post- natal care
In the days and weeks following a birth women can feel conflicting emotions including both euphoria and anxiety. The lack of sleep, frustration and general fatigue can all have an effect on the family. Reflexology can be fantastic during this period of change to support with emotional wellbeing and aid other postnatal conditions.
Please contact Francesca to talk confidentially through your individual needs.
Relieving tired and aching feet
Relaxing the body and calming the mind