Short-term therapy for long-term wellbeing

Reflexology can be applied safely in all stages of maternity: preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum and for the infant. 

Fertility reflexology 

Planning a family is an exciting time for a couple, but it doesn't happen easily for everyone. Reflexology encourages our body's systems to work at an optimum level to create the right environment for conception. One of its main benefits is to help balance hormone levels, which can encourage regular menstruation, promote ovulation and reduce the symptoms of endometriosis.

Reflexology also improves circulation, aids the body in cleansing itself of toxins (which creates a healthy emotional and physical balance), assists relaxation and helps reduce the anxiety and stress that some couples can experience when trying for a baby.

A course of reflexology treatments may help with:

Hormonal imbalances
Stress related problems
Pre-menstrual syndrome
Menstrual problems
Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
Endometriosis
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Pregnancy reflexology

Reflexology is a safe complementary therapy* that can support the mother-to-be through her pregnancy, both physically and emotionally.

Reflexology can be helpful with the following conditions and discomforts:

Constipation
Morning sickness
Insomnia
Anxiety and stress
Backache
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Digestive problems
Fatigue
Headaches and migraines
Leg cramps
Oedema
Pelvic Girdle Pain (Symphysis Pubis Disorder or Pelvic Disorder Syndrome)

* Reflexology is safe during pregnancy, but I do refrain from treating women in the first trimester (first 12 weeks) to allow the body to settle naturally into the pregnancy. I am happy to provide reflexology treatments during the second and third trimesters as well as the postnatal period. However, there are certain conditions which I would be disinclined to treat, which include pre-term labour, history of miscarriage, placenta praevia (low-lying placenta), hydroamnios (excess amniotic fluid around the baby after 32 weeks gestation), women with a risk of pre-eclampsia or women with a risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Labour

Reflexology can be useful in helping to lower stress hormone levels (cortisol, adrenaline & noradrenaline). Regular treatments in the last three to four weeks of pregnancy may help to start labour at term and can help women cope better with contractions and pain during the birthing process. 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.

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

Post-natal reflexology

Life continues after birth and the balancing, restorative and harmonising qualities of reflexology can be an enormous help. The following list shows some of the examples of the effect of regular reflexology treatments in the post natal period:

Aches and pains
Relaxation and rest time for the new mother
Emotional wellbeing (anxiety, postnatal depression)
Establishing breastfeeding (difficulties with lactation, engorged breasts)
Adjusting to the demands of a new baby
Helping the menstrual cycle return to normal.

Your baby is very welcome to come with you to your postnatal session - I look forward to meeting you alone or with your new arrival!