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Maternity Reflexology

Maternity reflexology is a specialised branch of reflexology that helps treat women and couples with pre-conception, fertility, pregnancy, labour and postnatal conditions and problems. Maternity reflexology has become very popular and has achieved amazing results.

I have additional maternity reflexology training and experience treating maternity reflexology clients. It is a specialty that I am passionate about and believe it to be a privilege to help in such a special time in people’s lives.

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Pregnancy Reflexology

Reflexology is generally considered to be safe in pregnancy and can be given at any stage, although the earlier the treatments start the more effective they can be.

Reflexology has been likened to exercise and should be done and built up gradually within the client’s comfort zone.

There are some contraindication to having reflexology during pregnancy but these are few, please contact me either by phone or email and I’d be more than happy to discuss any concerns with you.

Reflexology experienced during pregnancy can:

  • Promote and support a pregnancy
  • Provide relief from pregnancy related conditions and discomforts
  • Assist a natural delivery
  • Shorten labour time
  • Prime labour
  • Improve recovery time post birth
  • Support good breastfeeding
  • Help with postnatal depression

    Reflexology can promote and support a pregnancy and provide relief from many pregnancy discomforts and aliments such as; nausea, heartburn, indigestion, backache, constipation, symphysis pubis dysfunction, high or low blood pressure, fatigue and headaches and many more.

    The link between a mother’s health and her unborn child’s health is becoming increasingly well known, reflexology can help the mother achieve her best potential health and consequently assist the health of her baby.

    Reflexology can assist in ensuring a natural delivery by helping prepare the body for labour and facilitate the birth process, including priming labour and turning a breech baby.

    Research studies have shown that women who receive regular reflexology during pregnancy have better pregnancies and have a shorter labour with less intervention (Motha, Dr G. 1994 The Magic of Reflexology in Pregnancy Reflexions - The journal of the Associations of Reflexologists).

    Reflexology can promote a speedy recovery after the birth and establish good breastfeeding.

    Chinese research has shown that reflexology makes women lactate earlier and more satisfactorily. Reflexology can also be very beneficial in helping to cope with and recover from postnatal depression. These positive postnatal effects can benefit a mum who has a caesarean, ensuring reflexology experienced during pregnancy still relevant.

    A pregnancy reflexology treatment involves a general treatment with additional gentle working of the reproductive organs and endocrine system reflexes on the foot using gentle linking balancing movements. Relevant pregnancy complaints and aliments can be treated throughout the sessions including extensive working of the lymphatic system to assist with any swelling and fluid retention. Techniques can be used to prime the labour when the baby’s due date has arrived.

    A reflexology treatment is generally an incredibly relaxing experience and at a time when a mother’s body is going through amazing changes and stresses it can be immensely timely and beneficial!

    Please read (My Story) to discover how reflexology during pregnancy helped me.

  • Useful Links

    Dr Gowri Motha, an Obstetrican and Complementary Theapist working in London, has devised a successful programme that conditions and prepares the body for birth. Reflexology forms an integral part of the birth preparation programme. To find out more visit www.gentlebirthmethod.com or read Gentle Birth Method Dr Gowri Motha 2004 Thorsons.

    If you are interested in trying hypnotherapy to help you through your labour visit Eleanor Johnson's website www.amazingbirth.co.uk and consider the tried and tested method of HypnoBirthing®.

    www.birthchoices.co.uk and www.nct.org.uk are both excellent resources full of up to date news and research concerning pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.

    Visit www.LondonDirectory.co.uk/health for a comprehensive list of other complementary therapies in the London area.

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