What is Maternity Reflexology?
Maternity reflexology is more than a foot massage. It is a deeply relaxing treatment for mother and for baby, that boosts circulation, enhances energy and encourages balance.
What are the benefits of reflexology in pregnancy?
Many pregnant women find that reflexology can help bring relief from some common discomforts of pregnancy including:
- Headache relief
- Constipation and indigestion improvement
- Better sleep and energy levels
- Lower anxiety and decreased stress
- Reduced pain including backache, sciatica and SPD
- Less oedema and fluid retention
What stage of my pregnancy can I start having reflexology?
Some of my pregnant clients come to me in the pre-conception phase and feel comfortable having reflexology throughout their pregnancy. Others prefer to wait until after the first scan and have regular reflexology during the rest of their pregnancy. It really is up to you.
Maternity reflexology is very much a “two for one” treatment with both mother and baby benefiting from the relaxing treatment.
Can reflexology help to induce labour?
Although reflexology cannot induce labour, research seems to indicate that it can help the body to prepare for labour. One of the many benefits of regular reflexology is restoring balance, especially of the hormonal system. Research shows that women who have regular reflexology during pregnancy tend to go into labour naturally and have shorter labour times.
Is reflexology safe in pregnancy?
Reflexology is safe in pregnancy but there are some people for whom that it is not suitable. Anyone living with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for example should not have reflexology.
If in doubt check with your midwife or gynaecologist before having reflexology.
I have additional training in a form of reflexology to encourage lymphatic drainage which works really well for water retention and swollen limbs.
I am trained and insured to offer maternity reflexology. I work from a room at Hawkhurst Osteopaths at Hawkhurst on Saturdays mornings and Wednesday afternoons.