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Glasgow Reflexology, Milngavie, Glasgow
Glasgow Reflexology, Milngavie, Glasgow

Maternity Reflexology

Maternity Reflexology Milngavie Glasgow

Reflexology for Maternity and Preparation for Birth

Pregnancy is exciting, emotional and life changing. During the nine months of pregnancy your body will go through significant changes, which will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. For some women this can be a long period of discomfort and fatigue with nausea, headaches, backache and other conditions associated with pregnancy.

Having regular Reflexology treatments throughout pregnancy can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from these imbalances and restore your body’s equilibrium.

Reflexology has shown to be excellent in treating these common conditions and in maintaining balance during the rapidly changing experience of pregnancy.

 

 

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. (Dr Gowri Motha “The Magic of Reflexology in Pregnancy”1994 study)

 

Reflexology in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Trimester

Reflexology can help to ease common pregnancy concerns such as stress, digestive upset, difficulty in sleeping and muscular-skeletal issues. Reflexology lymphatic drainage is also included during a session which can help with general, uncomfortable pregnancy-related oedema in the feet and ankles.

Some of the many benefits listed below:

  • Morning Sickness

  • Headaches

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain

  • Sciatica

  • Low Back Pain

  • Heartburn

  • Fluid Retention

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Constipation

Reflexology post 37 Weeks - Preparation for Birth

Reflexology sessions are helpful in the final few weeks and days when stress and anxiety levels often rise. Stress hormones can delay the onset of labour so the more prepared and relaxed you feel, the better. Post 37 weeks specific reflexes are included, gently guiding the body into the optimum calm, endorphin-rich state conducive for natural labour to begin.

The recommendations are that at least two regular maternity sessions are essential before a Preparation for Birth session. This is because Preparation For Birth treatments incorporate a mixture of lighter and deeper pressure. At a deeper pressure there is more potential to experience a healing event, which can best be described as the body finding balance.

This may result in clients feeling temporarily unwell. this can be minimised by working-up, over time, to a deeper treatment.

Benefits of Reflexology for Labour:

  • Stimulation of Oxytocin to help naturally bring on labour

  • Stimulation of Oxytocin to encourage uterine contractions during labour

  • Regulate energy levels during labour

  • Combat stress levels

  • Assist cervix to dilate for a natural labour

  • Stimulate the spinal nerve route points to aid uterine contractions

  • Help to assist in a calm and natural preparation for labour

  • Preparing and balancing the endocrine system

  • Relaxation

  • Assisting the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body before labour

 

Reflexology Post 41+ weeks

At 41 weeks with no previous Reflexology you can still have a reflexology session however to minimise a healing reaction a lighter pressure will be used. A Reflexology session will not force your body to do anything it isn't ready to do. Reflexology is simply an invitation and your baby will decide when ready.

Breech Baby

Reflexology can not move a breech baby but there is evidence of women whose babies have moved and turned after having a Reflexology treatment.  The understanding is that Reflexology is deeply relaxing  which may relax the pelvic girdle and nearby muscles helping to create space for the baby to turn, if it is safe for it to do so.

Maternity Reflexology Milngavie Glasgow

Healing after Birth - The Benefits of Postnatal Reflexology

Birthing a baby requires an enormous amount of physical and emotional energy and all new mothers need the time to recuperate from childbirth. Regular Reflexology treatments can help to support balance hormones and boost energy levels, improving feelings of general well-being.

Research has shown that reflexology is excellent for maintaining or increasing milk supply enhancing bonding and breastfeeding as well as helping to reduce the effects of post-natal depression.

Postnatal Reflexology Benefits:

  • Emotional support, including easing anxiety and postnatal depression.

  • Rebalancing the hormones, and regulating moods.

  • Helps with breast milk production, eases breast feeding discomfort & encouraging lactation.

  • Boosts immunity

  • Relaxation and “me time”

  • Helps digestive problems and constipation

  • Boosts and maintains energy levels

  • Helps regulate sleep cycles

  • Helps the body heal quicker by increasing blood flow.

  • Assisting recovery following an epidural.

  • Aiding recovery from a caesarean section.

  • Restoring hormonal balance.

  • Calming and relaxing mother and baby.,

  • Easing digestive problems.

  • Easing backache.

  • Helping the menstrual cycle return to normal.

  • Improving insomnia and quality of sleep.

  • Relieving urine retention.

  • Reducing post-natal depression and anxiety.

To learn more about using Reflexology to support your maternity journey as well as what the research says about Reflexology during pregnancy.

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