|24th March 2018|
Maternity Reflexology for Pregnancy and beyond
"I am committed to the best possible birth experience for you and your baby, naturally"
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Pregnancy is one of the most special conditions a woman can experience in life. However, hormonal changes occur dramatically both physically and emotionally. You may feel very different even within the first few weeks. A specially trained Maternity Reflexologist will support you through each of the trimesters and post-natally too.
Research carried out in 1993/1994 by consultant obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha showed that first time pregnant mums who received at least nine maternity reflexology treatments during their pregnancy, had far shorter birthing times than those who did not have reflexology. On average, their labours lasted 5-6 hours and they required significantly less pain relief too.
”I would 100% recommend reflexology with Sally during pregnancy. My regular treatments gave me time out to focus on my body and my baby and to practice meditation techniques. As a result, my labour was intervention free. I consider my pain threshold to be low but during labour I only needed to use a TENS machine and gas and air. I can only attribute this to Sally’s treatments. Additionally, my recovery was fast and I have a beautiful thriving baby girl! Thank you Sally!”
Kimberley January 2015
"I was lucky enough to start reflexology early on in my pregnancy - in fact my first session was when I was only 5 weeks along. I think that this had an extremely positive impact during the nine months and was a big factor in why I was so lucky with my labour.
So how can Maternity Reflexology help?
Every woman has a different experience of pregnancy and often no two pregnancies are alike. Relaxation is the key and taking time out for yourself and the new life growing within, is the best investment you can make. An hour of peaceful therapy will leave you feeling refreshed and energised to cope with the pressures of daily life and pregnancy.
"I benefited from reflexology in many ways during my pregnancy but what I looked forward to most was having an hour to myself after a hectic day at work. The sessions were so relaxing and took away a lot of my aches and pains and I always had a good night's sleep afterwards."
”My reflexology treatments with Sally helped create balance, eased my swollen feet and morning sickness, solved my liver issues, and helped with stress and sleep issues. Her treatments are fab! I would recommend Sally always and have already.”
When can I have reflexology?
Reflexology can be used throughout pregnancy; I will take a a full history to ensure that it is safe and appropriate to carry out a treatment.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefitted from reflexology throughout their pregnancy. Two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1) and improved the quality of sleep on post-natal women (2).
The first trimester is a time when there are huge changes in hormone levels as well as anxieties and concerns about the changes that are about to happen. Both these factors may leave you feeling delighted, anxious, exhilarated, weepy and exhausted - sometimes all at once! Let’s not forget about how debilitating nausea and morning sickness can be especially when coping with a job, growing family or both.
It is my job to aid relaxation, de-stress and offer support.
Second and third trimester
In the second and third trimester most of the discomforts of early pregnancy have gone; however, as your baby grows you may begin to experience other physical symptoms. Your stress levels may also rise as the the birth becomes more imminent.
Reflexology can be used for general well-being or to address other health issues such as sleeping problems as they arise. Of course i am there to support you through any worries or concerns you may have.
Preparation for labour
As your due date approaches, you may find it more useful to have more regular treatments. I suggest that normally monthly treatments are sufficient until week 32 then fortnightly until week 40. Thereafter you and discuss a treatment plan most beneficial for you and your baby.
(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) LI C-Y ET AL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve the sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186
Breech and transverse babies
By using specific techniques it is possible for an experienced reflexologist to encourage a 'breech baby' to reposition. The optimum time is around 37 weeks when there is still room for the baby to consider turning but not enough time for him to bounce back to breech or transverse. I’m afraid there are no guarantees only sometimes little miracles!
"At my 31 and 34 week checks my baby was in the breech position and my midwife recommended reflexology to encourage the baby to turn. As I was keen for a normal delivery, I contacted Sally to give it a go. She told me not to expect miracles but set about attending to specific points for pregnancy niggles I had described and of course for encouraging the baby to turn. The sense of relaxation following the session was incredible, as was the uninterrupted sleep that night.
Congratulations again! You're now a mummy. You have experienced enormous changes, both physically and emotionally, over the last nine months and now this little person has taken over your life. It is so important that you are given the time and opportunity to recover from the whole birthing experience and to regain your strength and fitness. You have some busy times ahead!
If possible (and yes I do appreciate how hard it is to find 'me' time) have a reflexology treatment once a week for the first 12 weeks.
Reflexology may help:
Please note that early 'baby blues' and Postnatal Depression should not be confused. PND will not be diagnosed until after your baby is 6 weeks old and it can affect not only the mother but father too. You must seek professional medical advice from your GP and please, don't try to weather it out or in any way think it reflects on your parenting skills.
Other Maternity care you may like to consider...
Fitmama offers private and class tuition to get you 'birthfit'. Marie Behenna-Moran will teach you gentle Pilates, abdominal strength exercises, breathing techniques and relaxation.
Harmony Hypnobirthing with Fiona Miller offers tuition and support to you and your partner so that come The Birth Day you will feel calm, in control and experience the birth you always anticipated.
For more details contact Fiona
I also recommend you read Gentle Birth Method by Dr Gowri Motha, a top London obstetrician for her common sense approach and total inspiration.
FOOTWORKS, for reflexology, maternity reflexology and reiki, is easily accessible from Basingstoke, Bramley, Reading, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney, Oakley and Overton
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