The moment you find out that you are pregnant is one of delight and joy. Yet, despite the excitement and anticipation, even the easiest pregnancy has its challenges.
Reflexology is an excellent way to help reduce the physical and emotional symptoms and provide additional support for well-being through pregnancy.
One benefit of seeking reflexology treatment during pregnancy is that it allows space away from the rest of your busy life. It provides an opportunity to focus purely on yourself and your growing baby. You may find it really helpful to be able to clear your mind and clarify how you are feeling about your new arrival. Reflexology in pregnancy concentrates on your physical and emotional well-being.
How can Reflexology Help in Pregnancy?
Reflexology throughout your pregnancy and postnatally can help by aiding relaxation, reducing anxiety, generally de-stressing and improving sleep. It provides one to one attention, relaxation and supportive touch in an empathic and non-judgemental listening environment. This helps build resilience and support you to gain both mental and physical strength.
Reflexology may give support with common conditions during pregnancy such as constipation, low back pain, heartburn, anxiety, depression. It could also support you in dealing with emotional issues such as money and work worries, and help with the symptoms of ever-changing hormone levels. It can also help prepare your body for birthing. Every person is unique, and it is not possible to know in advance how you will react to a treatment and what benefits you will get – but the only way to know is to try it.
Reflexology in the Maternity Journey
Unless you have been having regular reflexology for a time, you might prefer not to start during your first trimester. If you would like to start reflexology at this time, it is advisable to call me for a chat about your history, and what you hope to get from your treatments.
Once you reach the second trimester, reflexology can help with many physical symptoms. For instance, getting a good night’s sleep may be getting more difficult. You may find you have increased anxiety, tiredness, back pain, other aches and swollen ankles. Reflexology is excellent to maintain general well-being at both a physical and emotional level.
Can Reflexology induce labour?
Inducing labour is a medical procedure carried out in a hospital, it is not something that can be done by a reflexologist.
However, reflexology can reduce stress levels. In this way, it can support the body to prepare for the birth and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high.
Reflexology after Birth
The birth of your baby is the joyful start of a new and exciting era in your life. But there are new challenges, for example, self-doubt as you learn to care for another little person. Your hormone levels are changing yet again and may leave feeling low, tearful or anxious. And of course, lack of sleep. Continued treatment after the birth will encourage a speedy recovery from the birth and most importantly, some much needed time out to de-stress and relax.
A research study has shown that post-natal women found that their quality of sleep improved with reflexology. Better sleep makes you feel better able to cope. This will be calming for both you and the baby.
It might be a great time to have a mobile treatment (I come to you). Or you can come to my quiet therapy room. I will make sure that you and baby are comfortable on the couch. It often works well to feed the baby during the treatment. As you relax with the reflexology, the baby also becomes calm and will often sleep soundly on your tummy for the rest of your treatment. You will realise reflexology is not only possible in your new routine but beneficial for you and your baby!