Fertility / Maternity and Postnatal Reflexology
Maternity reflexology is used to nurture the woman and her baby on a physical and emotional level - pre-conceptually, throughout pregnancy, the birth itself and during the postnatal period.
During your pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s equilibrium. Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can shorten the duration of labour, with subjects often requiring less pain-relief during the course of delivery.
You can start having reflexology from the beginning of your second trimester of pregnancy up to labour. Treatments can help to rebalance you and we can focus on kick starting your body into dealing with unwanted side effects, such as..
•pain & discomfort
•stress & anxiety
In the last few weeks of pregnancy we can support your body to prepare for labour. Many pregnant women are so relaxed during a treatment, that they get that sleep they have been hoping for! Pregnancy and giving birth is like running a marathon and then there is still more to come! It is no surprise that we can feel exhausted and overwhelmed by it all.
If you're feeling in need of a reboost, reflexology can help you. We will focus on your emotional well-being. Reflexology can...
- Improve well-being
- Help release tension
- Improve mood
- Aid relaxation
- Aid sleep
Many women seek the help of a reflexologist if they go over their due dates and want to avoid a hospital induction. The reflexologist will work certain points of the feet to support the body as it gears up towards labour. Reflexology can be extremely effective during the intensity of labour itself in helping the woman keep focused and relaxed.
After the birth
Women can feel both ecstatic and exhausted as well as experiencing other conflicting emotions after the baby's birth. Loss of sleep, breastfeeding problems, frustration and fatigue etc. can all take its toll on the new family. A reflexology treatment can be wonderful at this time as well as helping with other conditions associated with the postnatal period.
Reflexology is one of the safest, most supportive therapies for pregnant women and, sensitively applied, is excellent during pregnancy and birth, both for the mother and her baby.
What the research says about reflexology in pregnancy and perinatal period:
– Two studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1, 2) and reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1).
– One study showed improved quality of sleep in post-natal women (3)
– One study showed that 6 weekly treatments of reflexology prior to giving birth on for women who experienced low back and/or pelvic girdle pain during their pregnancy significantly reduced the second stage of labour by 44.3 minutes (4).
– Reduced pain and stress levels for women with low back pain or pelvic girdle pain (5)
– Foot reflexology was found to have a positive effect in lowering the total anxiety scores of women in labour (6)
(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) Iran Red Crescent Med J 2011; 13(7):475-479 ©Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
(3) Lic Y C et al (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst postpartum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186
(6) The Effect of Foot Reflexology on the Anxiety Levels of Women in Labour. Yılar Erkek Z, Aktas S. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Apr;24(4):352-360
Indulge in a Mama Baby Bliss 'truly bumptious' pregnancy massage. This is a fantastic treatment to receive in your second and third trimester of pregnancy. Using specific techniques and safe positioning this treatment will soothe away aches and pains.
Pregnancy massage can help with:
Reducing stress and anxiety through release of endorphins.
Stimulating the circulation which raises the blood count and could help with anaemia.
Boosting lymph drainage.
Releasing oxytocin and endorphins to help relieve discomfort and pain associated with SPD.
Relieving physical tension.
Helping to boost respiratory function.
Helping oedema, massage boosts the circulation and encourages lymph to move around the body, helping to remove toxins and reduce swelling.
Relieving tension in the lower and upper back, a common problem in pregnancy.
CONTRAINDICATIONS to treatment, which means I cannot treat you with pregnancy massage include...
Morning sickness/extreme nausea
Heavy vaginal discharge/ bloody or watery
High blood pressure
High temp/ fever
Abdominal pain/ cramping
Unusual or identified pain
Contraindications which result in a high risk pregnancy mean that you would need to gain written consent from your GP/Midwide prior to the massage. High risk includes the following...
Maternal (conditions before birth)
Complications during Pregnancy...
Fetal growth restriction
Re-current pregnancy loss
Prematurity (including rupture of membranes and labour)