Growing recognition of Maternity Reflexology in Middlesex Hospitals resulting in a wonderful training day at Hillingdon Hospital for Midwives and Student Midwives in March 2017.
Last year I received an email out of the blue asking me if I was interested in attending a training day for midwives/student midwives at Hillingdon hospital, teaching some of the techniques and skills I use with my pregnant clients. Pregnancy Therapies is something I have specialised in for many years and is a huge part of my business. When I received this email I felt really excited and really privileged to have been asked. I responded straight away to the email and this led onto emails backwards and forwards. We arranged to meet in a local cafe in Ickenham in December. Lorna is The Learning Representative for The Royal College of Midwives as well as being a Midwife at Hillingdon Hospital. We clicked straight away as we both have a natural and enthusiastic passion for what we do. Lorna’s vision for the training day was to promote low risk midwifery and to do this she was inviting 4 therapists in to showcase and teach techniques to midwives that can be used on low risk pregnant women within hospitals. The training day took place on Friday March 24th at Hillingdon Hospital, there was about 20 Midwives and Student Midwives, Lorna, a Pregnancy Massage Therapist, A Hpno Birther, A Rebozo specialist (techniques of turning baby from back to back and breech position) and myself showcasing Maternity Reflexology.
We all had work stations, and the midwive/student midwives rotated round each station learning various techniques from each of us. On my workstation I explained what reflexology was.
Maternity Reflexology is a branch of reflexology aimed specifically at women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period. Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the 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 subjects often requiring less pain-relief during the course of delivery.
I created hand outs of the techniques I was teaching in order that the ladies I saw could practice and become comfortable with the techniques and hopefully go straight out and use them. Techniques that I taught included reflex points to calm and relax the mind, reflexes to stimulate, regulate and speed up contractions, and reflex points to help with the release of oxytocin amongst other techniques.
What a fantastic day, everyone seemed to really enjoy what they were shown and were very enthusiastic to learning and to taking their new found skills into the work place. What really excited me about this training was that hospitals are becoming more open to complimentary therapies and slowly these are being accepted and more main stream. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Maternity Reflexology amongst other therapies became a standard therapy used in our labour wards 🙂