I trained in Conception and Pregnancy Reflexology with Sally Earlam who is the head of Training and Education for the Association of Reflexologists.
During pregnancy your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body.
Having regular Reflexology treatments throughout pregnancy can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from these imbalances and restore your body’s equilibrium.
I include Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage for fluid retention which is a specific treatment that works to reduce and relieve water retention in your legs and ankles.
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.
Preparation for Labour
Although there is no evidence that Reflexology can induce labour, Reflexology will help support your body to prepare for birth and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high and many women have gone into labour naturally afterwards preventing the need for medical intervention.
Post 37 weeks specific acupressure points are stimulated with the aim of creating a state of deep relaxation, clearing your digestion system, easing any tension held in the pelvis and lower back, and giving a boost of energy to encourage the start of your contractions.
A study was undertaken by a midwife team with 100 overdue women who were offered a free Pregnancy Reflexology treatment on their feet. Results showed that the time of the first stage of labour was four hours shorter and the second stage of labour once the woman started to push was 21 minutes shorter compared to the women who had not received a Pregnancy Reflexology treatment.
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Maternity Reflexology can help with various conditions at all stages of pregnancy such as: