You are starting a new and exciting phase in your life.
Having a baby, whether or not it is your first pregnancy will bring you plenty of wonderful experiences and new challenges.
Maternity/pregnancy reflexology can be of great support to women throughout pregnancy and can help promote general well-being.
Reflexology during pregnancy
Reflexology aims to optimise the physical and emotional health of pregnant women by working on specific reflexology points, usually on the feet. These reflexology points correspond to different parts of the body. As a reflexologist I work holistically to offer support during your pregnancy.
Receiving reflexology during pregnancy will also give you time away from your probably busy life and provide a comforting place where you can focus purely on yourself and your growing baby.
Pregnancy/Maternity Reflexology can be extremely helpful during your pregnancy by improving your sense of wellbeing.This will help you to deal with any uncomfortable symptoms,and it can an also aid relaxation and your quality of sleep. Post-natally Reflexology is beneficial for restoring your energy after the birth, and helps your body return to its normal balance.
Pregnancy/Maternity Reflexology combines very well with Hypnotherapy to help you to prepare for the birth of your baby and beyond.
During your pregnancy you experience emotional, hormonal and physiological changes. Reflexology can help you to manage these during this beautiful experience from preconception, through pregnancy and during the postnatal period. Relaxation is vital during this time but this can seem difficult especially if you have a busy work schedule or already have young children to look after.
Arranging time aside for regular maternity/pregnancy reflexology treatments during the development of your pregnancy will give you time for both you and your baby to benefit from relaxation, and can help to produce the following positive effects during pregnancy:- Reflexology may assist in:
•Relief from stress and anxiety
•Increase in energy levels
When can I have reflexology?
Many women feel they have benefitted from reflexology throughout their pregnancy and two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1) reduced the length of the first stage of labour,(1) and improved quality of sleep in post-natal women (2).
I start treating usually from twelve weeks of pregnancy . It is a good idea to have regular treatments of reflexology during pregnancy. As your baby grows, reflexology can be used support you as your body changes. Reflexology can reduce anxiety and baby will enjoy it as well and as with hypnobirthing, often they seem calmer after being born. You are likely to find that regular treatments may help hormone balance ,assist the digestive system,improve sleep, improve circulation which helps strengthen muscle and bones,and support the immune system, and improve feelings of wellbeing, which are all very important during pregnancy.
Natural birth induction - Preparation for labour
Pregnancy natural induction reflexology norwich is available to complement and support the advice and treatment given by your midwife.
As your baby's birthday approaches you may find it useful to have reflexology more frequently. Reflexology aims to help your body to be in balance. It can therefore be an important part of your birth preparation to support your body to prepare for labour,and it will promote relaxation at a time when it is so important.
Once you reach 40 weeks and prepare your body for your baby's birthday, this treatment is ideal and will encourage endorphin flow and relaxation which is an ideal preparation. It is a natural way to stimulate oxytocin release which promotes labour, and helps you feel calm and relaxed, ready to meet your baby for the first time.It includes the use of specific Acupressure points to encourage your body to birth your baby. These encourage your body to work as it is designed to do and you may notice baby becoming active when the points are stimulated.
Midwives are beginning to encourage the use of reflexology for easing discomfort and to encourage labour (see research above).
(1) Reviewing effects of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of labour
(2) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot refelxology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women
Pregnancy is such a special time and Pregnancy massage is another great way to give yourself the gift of relaxation for you and baby and can revitalise your whole being and enhance your wellbeing.
Pregnancy is both blissful and stressful as your body goes through many changes to meet the needs of your growing baby.
Pregnancy massage with nurturing touch can be an enormous benefit to you and your baby helping to ease and relieve the aches and pains of your ever-changing body and helping to prepare your body for the birth.
Studies show that women who receive regular massages have fewer complications during their pregnancy and labour is often a calmer experience. Babies can greatly benefit from massage as endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released by the mother during massage and passed onto the baby helping them feel soothed and settled.
Massage reduces stress hormones and increases the calming comforting hormone oxytocin also called the ‘love hormone’, which flows to your baby too when you receive a massage,. Being massaged stimulates oxytocin release, which helps to reduce stress and conserves your energy by making you feel sleepy. It supports a natural birth and the bonding between mother and baby.
The gentle massage techniques used are specifically for a mum-to-be to relieve tension, stress and induce relaxation.
Birth Preparation - natural pregnancy induction support.
If you have reached 40 weeks and are looking forward to that first cuddle then a blissful light touch pre - labour massage treatment (similar to what you may have learned in a hypnobirthing class) is ideally suited to help you prepare for your baby's birth. It enables you to drift into a lovely deep and comforting relaxation and it encourages oxytocin to be released which supports your body as it prepares for labour whilst you drift into a lovely deep relaxation. Acupressure points which help further are also used.
NB:Please inform your midwife if you would like to use complementary therapy as she/he is your primary care giver in case they have any concerns. All of the therapies are complementary to your medical and midwifery care.
Nothing above should be taken to mean that people are discouraged from seeking advice from a medical professional, for example, a GP.