Reflexology -more than just a treat for your feet
Reflexology is an ancient, natural and holistic therapy. It is based on the principle that the entire body is mapped out on the feet. Specific points known as 'reflex points' correspond to the organs, glands and systems of the body. By stimulating these points with pressure techniques, therapeutic changes can occur in the body, helping to bring the body back into a state of equilibrium, known as homeostasis.
Reflexology is a powerful, relaxing therapy for both mind and body. Regular treatments throughout your pregnancy can have a positive effect on alleviating many pregnancy associated ailments and have a beneficial effect on your labour and birth.
Benefits of reflexology treatments during pregnancy
Reflexology during pregnancy is a wonderfully relaxing treatment. By activating the body's own natural self healing properties, relief can be obtained from many pregnancy related conditions including:
Regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy has been shown to help start labour naturally with fewer reported interventions during birth. A UK maternity hospital recently conducted a study comparing outcomes of 100 pregnant women who received reflexology treatments in their 40th week of pregnancy to women who received no treatment. The results showed that the women who received the treatment had on average a 4 hour shorter labour, as well as reduced birth interventions and reduced analgesia uptake.
Keen to avoid induction of labour?
Q & A's about your reflexology session
When can I start having REFLEXOLOGY treatments during pregnancy?
Anytime after 14 weeks in your pregnancy.
How long does a session last?
The initial session is 75 minutes, each session thereafter is approximately 1 hour in length
What happens during a session?
During the initial consultation, a health medical questionnaire is undertaken before we start the treatment. Shoes, socks or tights will have to be removed. Most people wear leggings or loose clothing so that the feet and up to below calf can be accessed. Once we start the treatment, I prefer to remain silent so that you can fully relax, drifting of to sleep is a common occurrence!
Plan to have a quiet day following your treatment for maximum benefits. It's important to relax and drink several glasses of water following your treatment to flush out any toxins.
possible side effects
A temporary worsening of symptoms- this is normal and part of the healing process.
Increase in urination/bowel function as the body systems are stimulated.
Initially tiredness so plan to enjoy a quiet day if possible. This is usually followed by a wonderful, deep sleep and an increase in energy levels in the days to come.
How much is each treatment?
The introductory cost is £28.00 per session
How do I Book?
Send me a message on Facebook link is the easiest method or email a request via the contact form.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses highly concentrated essential oils extracted from the seeds, leaves and bark of plants and flowers for their therapeutic benefits. Essential oils are powerful but only certain oils are safe to use and are used at a specific dilution during pregnancy and during birth.
There are are a range of pregnancy related conditions that aromatherapy is very beneficial for from alleviating stress and sleep disorders to muscular aches and pain, cystitis and swelling. Aromatherapy is wonderful for labour! From alleviating anxiety and nausea, to easing muscular aches and pains. Certain oils help strengthen uterine contractions and may help avoid intervention if your labour slows. A study by Ethel Burns et al of over 8000 women using aromatherapy during labour in a busy UK teaching hospital can be found here. There are also an array of benefits postnatally such as alleviating discomfort from tears to emotional wellbeing in the new mother.
A bespoke aromatherapy blend can be purchased when booking one of our other services. Or try one of our hand made unique products perfect for your birthing bag.