Reflexology can be helpful to women in all stages of pregnancy as well as postnatally, and I have trained with Sally Earlam, maternity specialist for the Association of Reflexologists, to enable me to support my clients from preconception, through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
During pregnancy, when the body is undergoing huge physical and emotional changes, spurred on by the abundance of surging hormones, reflexology can offer a sense of calm and perspective.
Treatments can be adapted for all stages of pregnancy and post-natal care and can offer you a quiet retreat where you can focus solely on yourself and your growing baby.
As with all reflexology, treatments can:
Encourage deep relaxation
Support good quality sleep
Reduce stress and anxiety
In addition to these things, treatments can be tailored to the various stages of pregnancy and all of the side effects that they bring!
There is a significant amount of research into the use of reflexology in relation to pregnancy and birth. Here is a brief summary from the Association of Reflexologists.
Two studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour and reduced the length of the first stage of labour.
One study showed that 6 weekly treatments of reflexology prior to giving birth for women who experienced low back and/or pelvic girdle pain during their pregnancy, significantly reduced the second stage of labour by 44.3 minutes.
One study has shown reduced pain and stress levels during labour for women with low back pain or pelvic girdle pain.
Foot reflexology was found to have a positive effect in lowering the total anxiety scores of women in labour.
One study showed an improved quality of sleep in post-natal women.
Reflexology: Supporting you through your pregnancy. AOR leaflet. (2018)
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