Preconception, Pregnancy & Post-Natal
Reflexology is a treatment that encourages relaxation, improves mood, aids sleep, helps relieves tension and improves your sense of wellbeing. All these benefits can make a real difference for couples trying to conceive. A body that is balanced and calm provides the best possible starting point when trying to conceive.
Pregnancy & Labour
Reflexology aims to enhance both the emotional and physical health of mum-to-be. As a reflexologist I work holistically will be sure to take a full history to confirm that it is safe to provide a treatment. I will be there to offer support with any concerns or questions you may have.
Reflexology can be used throughout pregnancy and there is ample anecdotal evidence from women who believe that reflexology throughout their pregnancy has really helped them.
This natural and gentle therapy supports you while your body goes through the many changes involved in carrying your precious baby. Reflexology helps you remain relaxed and improves your general wellbeing. It can also help to address other health issues or common pregnancy symptoms, such as sleeping problems, as they come up.
Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, it is believed to help support the body and mind to prepare for labour while promoting relaxation at a time when anxiety is often high.
A recent study has shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1), and reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1).
As a complementary therapy, reflexology works beautifully with other birthing practices aimed at helping to acheive a wonderful birth experience.
Reflexology is just as beneficial after baby is born as it is before. Not only does it improve sleep and help restore hormonal balance, it also provides you with some extremely important and often undervalued ‘me’ time. The 'let down' reflex during breastfeeding can also be encouraged by easing anxiety and tension, through the deep relaxation achieved during a treatment.
Another recent study has shown that reflexology improved the quality of sleep in post-natal women (2).
Having two children of my own I totally understand how a baby’s feeding and sleeping times do not always fit in with planned activities! As a mobile therapist I will come to your home to provide treatments and am happy to have baby sleeping or feeding as needed.
Reflexology is such a gentle treatment, babies and children can also enjoy the benefits.
(1) VALIANI M ET AL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour in 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.
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