Maternity Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary therapies to assists with relieving symptoms or preventing the many discomforts and ailments commonly associated with pregnancy. Offering a natural and safe way of helping you to cope with the rapid changes your body goes through during pregnancy.
It improves general well-being, is very pleasant to receive, and induces a deep relaxation so your body can adjust more smoothly to the major changes required at this time.
Maternity Reflexology can be used from your first trimester onwards. Studies have shown that starting Reflexology by 32 weeks can reduce the need for induction by 70% as well as reduce labour time down to just 4 hours. Research Document
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.
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Sian Richards, Havant
The Zen Garden room is a lovely relaxing space, a hidden oasis that I hadn’t expected to find. I found My treatments (reflexology), relaxing and insightful. Calm and welcoming environment with plenty of information about what I could expect and what I could do myself to help improve my general health and well-being, definitely recommend to a friend.
Stacey Triggs, Drayton
I found the treatment room very relaxing and welcoming. It was warm and like a home from home surroundings. I found having reflexology very relaxing and helpful throughout my pregnancy. Worth every penny and gives you great peace of mind throughout pregnancy. My little girl (7 months), is a very relaxed baby and I feel having a relaxing pregnancy helped.
Faye Williams, Denmead
Tucked away unexpectedly, the treatment room is calming and private and very comfortable. It is beautiful. My maternity reflexology treatment was amazing – it was absolutely wonderful right at the end of my pregnancy (I had four treatments booked in the last four weeks) and I actually ended up having a show a few hours after my third treatment. My little girl was born in just under 4 hours a few days later! So glad I booked it!!!
Nikki Willis, Waterlooville
I have been having pregnancy reflexology for several weeks and have always left feeling very relaxed. Having my treatment definitely prepared me for labour. My treatment each week was a little time for me, away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel it definitely contributed to my short labour of 2 hrs 40 mins.
Lou Earp, Hayling Island
I cannot recommend Tania enough, had a wonderful massage and reflexology at really short notice last week when I was feeling really tired and down in the dumps. She was welcoming, made me feel really relaxed and most importantly at 37+1 I have slept brilliantly every night since my treatment! Reasonably priced too!
V. Hill, Southsea
Initially I was unsure about the treatments as this is my first pregnancy and I was unsure of benefits/ how it would differ to normal treatments I have had in the past but no other concerns. I had heard reflexology can possible reduce labour time and also for relaxation and, as the pregnancy progressed to ease any aches or pains I may develop. I thoroughly enjoyed all treatments and they certainly helped my back pains (the massage). I felt very relaxed and calm. The whole experience is very enjoyable – Tanya makes every effort she can to make sure I am comfortable – even by putting an electric blanket on her treatment bed when it was very cold so that it was as warm and relaxing as possible. She remembers little details about her clients that make you feel cared about and she is very easy to talk to. She gives excellent advice to support aches and pains during pregnancy without being pushy. It is clear she is very passionate about her job and her clients and this personal touch is why I wouldn’t ever hesitate to recommend her.The benefits about receiving a massage from Tania, Specialist for pregnancy, Personal touch with positions/ laying down/sitting depending on ease and comfort levels for client, Atmosphere – colour scheme, comfort of treatment table etc.
Thank you for everything so far and I look forward to my next appointment!
Reflexology during pregnancy may help with
- A reduction in morning sickness, all day sickness and vomiting which persists past the three month stage of the pregnancy.
- To relieve indigestion, lower back pain, haemorrhoids and constipation.
- Preparing the body for labour by balancing all the body systems, especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.
- The length of labour, which may be very much reduced by having regular Reflexology treatments in the weeks prior to the expected delivery date.
- Labour to help boost energy levels, and aids deep muscle relaxation between contractions. It may help with pain control by stimulating the production of natural endorphins. Partners can be taught the areas of the foot to treat during labour.
- Reducing the need for epidurals.
A full consultation will take place first before your treatment commences. You will be asked to provide as much information as possible so that an accurate record can be written. This will give overall picture of your general health, diet and lifestyle and to understand any pregnancy specific conditions that you may be facing.
Please note that as maternity reflexology complements the skilled work of the midwife, it is important that your inform your GP/ midwife’s before you book a treatment.
Each treatment is unique to you but will always include plenty of relaxation techniques.Reflexology is recommend throughout your pregnancy.The most beneficial programme would be as follows:
Trimester I and II:
A treatment every 2-3 weeks.
A treatment every 2 weeks, increasing to weekly treatments in the last month.
Reflexology is also beneficial post-natal
- Adjusting to the demands of coping with a new baby
- Coping with interrupted sleep and fatigue
- Increase energy levels
- Maintaining or increasing milk supply
- Support as your menstrual cycle returns to normal
- Re-balance the body
- Stabilise body weight
- Prevent post-natal depression
- General relaxation and “Me time”
More information on Postnatal Reflexology and to book click here
Even though Reflexology is mostly a safe therapy, you should consider that some conditions are totally contraindicated to the Reflexology treatment during Pregnancy and they require immediate medical intervention:
- Placental abruption
- Placenta praevia
- Recent Bleeding
- Continuous vomiting
- HELLP Syndrome – a variant or complication of pre-eclampsia.
- DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
- Polyhdramnios – too much amniotic fluid around the baby
- Oligohydramnios – insufficient amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby History of premature labour
More information on Reflexology can be found here
Video kindly shared with permission from MyBirthTV