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. I called Sole 2 Sole to arrange a session, it was great as 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 & Toddler 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.
Week 1: Feeding & Digestion (reflux, colic, wind, constipation, boosting immunity, coughs/croup/asthma)
Week 2: Calming & Comforting (to help calm & soothe) and General Wellbeing & Teething (sinuses, ears, eyes, nose, throat, teething pain)
Baby courses are suitable from 4 weeks to approx 1 year.
Private Toddler Reflexology Courses consist of 2 classes incorporating nursery rhymes with techniques on hands to help with teething, digestion, sleep, boosting immunity and much more.
Price on application.
Reflexology & Rhymes
Learn reflexology techniques on your little ones hands accompanied to nursery rhymes at our fun and interactive classes. We can come to any events or venues including birthday parties, nurseries, festivals etc.
Using the techniques on a regular basis can help prevent and treat many everyday ailments including teething pain, stuffy noses, coughs, sore throats, conjunctivitis, constipation and much much more.
Classes are suitable from approx 6 months to 3 years (ages are flexible and younger or older children are welcome too)
Price on application
Recommended links for Maternity and Baby related services:
Rose Byrne helps parents look forward to & prepare for a calm birth experience with their babies through Hypnobirthing (Wise Hippo & Mongan Method trained)
Free Spirit Holistic Therapies offers: Pregnancy Yoga, Birth Rehearsal Workshops, Post-Natal Yoga, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Toddler Yoga Sessions & Training, Children’s Yoga & Childcare.
For more details, please visit:
freespiritholistictherapies.co.uk Or contact Katy Wise on 07887 526439 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Labour of Love offers pregnancy yoga, birth preparation and postnatal classes, plus support for all stages of life with body work treatments: Mizan Therapy, Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release and Postnatal Recovery Massage.
Contact Rosa on 07837 218374
Sarah Sawyer is a doula, antenatal teacher and hypnobirthing practitioner in Bournemouth; who is passionate about choice and education in birth. Let Sarah help you make your birth experience a positive one”
Phone 07773 345559
FB Sarah Sayer Birth Geek
Daisy First Aid provide paediatric first aid classes, specifically designed with parents and parents-to-be in mind.
Classes can be held in the comfort of your own home or you can come an join one of the sessions held in venues around Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole.
Tiny Talk with Holly Silwood: Want to communicate with your baby before they can talk? Well now you can! Come along to a free taster to see what it’s all about and join us to learn different signs each week that you can start using with your baby straight away! 30 mins dedicated lesson time using favourite nursery rhymes, sensory elements and instruments followed by 30 mins of social time, chat with the other mums & dads and enjoy biscuits & hot cuppa while the babies play with the toys! Please get in touch to book onto the waiting list. x ❤ email@example.com
Amba teaches Pregnancy yoga, mum & baby yoga, children’s yoga and nurturing yoga for all ages.
Lucy Edgehill is a Doula and Registered BACP counsellor who offers private and confidential support in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.www.facebook.com/pbpisc
Samira Jones is a photographer based in Bournemouth. She specialises in newborn and baby portraiture but also covers maternity, children, family and birth photography.
Claire Cannie offers Prenatal, Postnatal and Deep Tissue massage Therapy, clinic based and mobile.
Rock the Bump offers women a bespoke, artistic pregnant belly and body casting service for those looking for an alternative way to celebrate their pending arrival and come away with a lasting memento of their pregnancy. http://www.rockthebumpbellycasting.co.uk/