Maternity Reflexology is aimed specifically at women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.
Hormones play a key role in fertility and can be affected by stress. Reflexology can help to reduce stress and balance the hormones. I would recommend that the dad-to-be receives treatment too: after all, there’s two people involved in making a baby!
Regular Reflexology treatments in pregnancy can bring about balance and wellness in the mother-to-be and unborn child. It can help:
- Nausea and vomiting
- High or low blood pressure
- Dizziness and fainting
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Constipation and Haemorrhoids
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Anxiety and stress
- Increasing energy levels
Reflexology is safe and effective during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended if there is a recent vaginal bleeding, severe hypertension, Oedema associated with eclampsia, DVT, placenta previa, placenta abruption and pre-term labour (or history of). If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.
Research has shown that women who have regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy are more likely to have a shorter labour and require less pain relief.
Other benefits include:
- Induction of labour
- Pain relief
- Co-ordination and acceleration of regular contractions
- Preventing a retained placenta
Continuing treatments after the birth will encourage a speedy recovery from the birth, help to alleviate postnatal problems and help with breastfeeding. It can also help with:
- Increasing lactation
- Engorged breasts
- Urine retention
- Stress and anxiety problems
- Sleep problems
- Postnatal depression
- Increasing energy levels
“I was in need of a bit of pampering and relaxation as my baby was 4 days overdue I had also heard that reflexology can help naturally induce labour. Lisa came to our house so I could sit back on the sofa and relax. The following evening my waters broke and our little boy arrived the next day. We will never know for sure if the reflexology induced my labour but it was a great relaxing hour which was well needed before our baby arrived….I cant recommend Lisa enough.” Louise, Westbourne
“I had reflexology done when I was 3 days overdue with my second baby after several false starts left me worrying I might have to be induced as I was with my first child. I was warned that reflexology will only work to induce labour if your body is already ready but I felt it was worth a shot and as I was having irregular contractions every so often I felt it might work. The reflexology session was so relaxing and it was nice to just chill out and have some me time so even if it hadn’t of set of labour I would have found it money well spent for that aspect. During the treatment I began experiencing contractions which intensified as the time went by and continued into that evening. By 10:30pm I went to the Haven Unit at Poole Maternity where I was told I was in labour and by 4:30am the next morning I was holding my baby daughter in my arms. I am so grateful to Lisa for helping give my body that final push it needed. I understand reflexology wouldn’t always work to help bring labour on but it helped me and I would recommend reflexology to anybody who is overdue and looking for a more natural way to help induce their labour”.
Emma-Louise, Ensbury Park
Baby Reflexology Classes
Learn reflexology techniques on your babies feet in the comfort of your own home. It can be just you and your baby, you and your partner (or mum, friend etc) and your baby; or you can get a group of up to 4 friends and their babies together.
Class 1: Feeding & Digestion (reflux, colic, wind, constipation, boosting immunity, coughs/croup/asthma)
Class 2: Calming & Comforting (to help calm & soothe) and General Wellbeing & Teething (sinuses, ears, eyes, nose, throat, teething pain)
Baby classes are suitable from 4 weeks to approx 1 year.