Pregnancy Reflexology | £45.00 p/h
Earlier in 2017 I was invited into Hillingdon Hospital to train the Midwives and student midwives some reflexology techniques to use in the labour wards on low risk women in labour. This really does show how Reflexology is being recognised now for use within pregnancy and labour.
Maternity Reflexology is a branch of reflexology aimed specifically at women during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period. During your pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s equilibrium. Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can shorten the duration of labour, with women often requiring less pain-relief during the course of delivery.
I have a wonderful comfortable couch that can be adjusted to ensure your comfort at all times, during this treatment you will not be laying flat but will be in a raised position with the added comfort of bolsters, pillows and blankets if needed. As a fully trained Aromatherapist with additional Essential Oils in Pregnancy training we can incorporate the use of essential oils into your treatment too.
Some of the benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology are:
Helping with symptoms of fatigue especially noticed in first and third trimesters, reflexology can provide deep relaxation, relieve stress and improve sleep, which helps that exhausted feeling.
During Pregnancy hormones and a growing baby can slow down and upset digestion and increase water retention. Reflexology can help the body to move things along relieving constipation and bloating as well as reducing swollen legs and ankles.
Muscular discomfort is common in pregnancy with pains such as neck and shoulder pain, back ache, sciatica and pelvic girdle pain. As your feet and legs get tired reflexology can also help revive your legs enable them to feel lighter and more comfortable.
Reflexology Priming for Labour | £45.00 p/h
So how does Reflexology help? There are specific points on the foot such as the uterus and Pituitary that I would stimulate strongly to help encourage the body to naturally prepare for labour. The Pituitary is a good point to start as it’s the part of the brain that produces the hormone Oxytocin, and this love hormone is what helps the uterus to contract. I then strongly stimulate the uterus to respond to the increase of Oxytocin. Although I work strongly on these points and others, you will still get a relaxing treatment as lots of calming techniques will be used. Although there are no guarantees that priming for labour techniques will get things moving, as with any other medical intervention or therapy, but I have seen good results with using these methods to help the onset of labour. For best results and to get a cumulative effect from the Reflexology I recommend between 1 -3 sessions around your due date.