When used to support the care provided by the midwife, health visitor or consultant, reflexology can be a wonderful treatment for pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care. Increasingly, midwives are suggesting that women try reflexology to help alleviate symptoms during pregnancy and many are training in the techniques themselves.
Reflexology offers a natural and safe way of helping you to cope with the rapid changes your body goes through during pregnancy and may help with related conditions that arise.
Regular treatment throughout pregnancy or weekly sessions for the last 4-6 weeks of the pregnancy may help to ease anxiety, fear and tension; ease stress related conditions; normalise function of the body's systems; relax the diaphragm and calm the nervous system; induce relaxation and reduce levels of stress hormones in the body.
Treatment may also help the outcome of labour. If appropriate and supported by the midwife or obstetrician, treatment can be given to help with the labour induction process, possibly preventing the use of more invasive induction techniques.
Post-natal sessions may help to reduce stress allowing for more productive lactation and the rebalancing of hormones and may be supportive in the treatment of post-natal depression.
Reflexology may also be a beneficial treatment for those with fertility issues especially if no known cause has been identified by clinical tests. Stress can often create pressure on the systems that are vital to fertility and reflexology aims to reduce stress and the impact that it has on our bodies.
For further information on any of the above please contact me.