Reflexology is the ancient art of stimulating the body’s own healing system through carefully applied pressure to the feet. It is a natural holistic therapy based on the theory that areas on the feet and hands correspond to specific organs and systems in the body, enabling the whole body to be treated at the same time. Ancient texts and illustrations show us that Chinese, Japanese and early Egyptians worked on the feet to promote good heath.
But what are the benefits of reflexology to the expectant mother? Reflexology can help with most pregnancy complaints. These range from morning sickness, insomnia, heartburn, swollen and puffy ankles and constipation to other complaints associated with carrying that extra load such as backache and sciatica. It is a relaxing, stress relieving and enjoyable treatment and your unborn baby will feel the benefits too!
Reflexology can also play a part in childbirth. If you are pass your due date and do not relish the idea of medical intervention with a drug-induced labour, leading to the sudden onset on painful and in some cases non productive contractions, consider the alternative. Reflexology can be very effective in helping your body go into labour naturally. Reflexology may stimulate the release of oxytocin by the body to encourage the onset of uterine contractions naturally, keeping you in control, and is more effective than a hot curry. I have a very high success rate with natural inductions to date.
Women who have undergone a course of reflexology during their pregnancy often find that the overall length of their labour is reduced.
After the birth of your baby, reflexology can help with supporting your immune system which is often depleted after all you have been through and will help restore your body back to optimum health, balancing and revitalising the body’s energy, as well as giving you relaxation and some imperative “me” time.
Reflexology can only be given after the first three months of pregnancy unless there is a history of miscarriage in which case you should discuss this or any other existing contra-indications with your Reflexologist prior to making an appointment.
To find a Reflexologist in your area, look at the British Reflexology Association’s website www.britreflex.co.uk