Reflexology undoubtedly comes into its own when it comes to starting a family. Parents-to-be really feel the benefits of this natural, non invasive therapy.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefited from reflexology throughout their pregnancy. The understood benefits of reflexology in relation to reducing stress, relaxing the body and aiding sleep particularly beneficial at this time.Please see my research page for more findings.
Preconceptual Care – When a couple are planning a baby it is sensible for both of them to be in good shape mentally and Physically. Reflexology may help balance, relax and de-stress both parents, thus helping with conception.
It is not unreasonable to suggest that stress may affect your chances of getting pregnant. Its understood that Cortisol (a hormone released in response to stress) can cause the release an inhibiting hormone that reduces the production of follicle stimulation hormone (FSH) and Luteinising hormone. Both of these hormones are necessary to the release of the egg and the implantation of the embryo after fertilisation. In other words, feeling stressed may lower your chances of a successful pregnancy.
Stress is an issue for both sexes, so it is equally important that both partners employ some method of reducing their stress levels. Reflexology can be used by both partners to this end.
If you are struggling to conceive or have been given a diagnosis of why this may be the case and may be looking at medicated cycles such as Clomid, IUI,IVF,ICSI etc.then Reproductive Reflexology can help you. please go to my Web page for more details.
Pregnancy – During all pregnancies, women go through many and varied changes - physical, hormonal and emotional. Reflexology may help to keep the body and hormones balanced, thus helping to alleviate those common pregnancy ailments, and this in turn reducing the risk of more serious disorders developing. The overall aim is to make the pregnancy as comfortable and enjoyable as it should be.
Post term labour "Priming" – Many midwifes will recommend reflexology throughout pregnancy but particularly in a post term pregnancy. Although there is no evidence to prove that reflexology can bring on labour, the general view is that it will help support the body to prepare for labour and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high (Especially if a date for induction has been given.)
Reflexology can also helpful when mothers to be have been given dates for pre-term Inductions, often required due to medical complications such as gestational diebetes, rising Blood pressures or large babies etc. Again it help reduce stress and anxiety thus preparing the body so that early medical inductions are not such a shock to the system. It makes sense that a relaxed Mother and baby has a better chance of a normal labour and delivery. It may also helpful when a baby has not "turned" in time. Again not proven and the chances of success is less likely, but worth a go as most mothers find the medical alternatives to be very unappealing!
Birthing – Again a relaxed, balanced Mother and baby have the best chances of a natural labour and delivery all hopefully without too much medical intervention. Something that i have found most mothers would prefer. There are some research findings below you may find interesting.
Postnatal Care – The agony and ecstasy of the birthing experience can leave the mother feeling jubilant, exhausted, and sore. They often have many conflicting and confusing emotions and feelings. The balancing, harmonising and restoring qualities of Reflexology therapy are superb at this time, helping to restore her body to pre-pregnancy state and help her cope with the role of a new mum. We know that Reflexology can aid sleep, this can be a real boon, when as new parents, sleep opportunities are rare!
With all the hard work of labour, the new regime of feeding, mothering and sleepless nights, doesn’t she deserve a Reflexology session or two?!
I hold a Certificate of Competency in Maternity Reflexology - Practioner no.1155
Due to a recent ruling from the Advertising Standards Agency, Reflexologists are not permitted to show full testimonials when the client has used medical terms, names and descriptions incase this is misleading to potential clients. As most of my testimonials have been given before this ruling they do include medical terminology, so i have had to remove them from my website. I do have them on PDF if you would like to see them please feel free to email me and i will send them to you.
I am well versed with Dr Gowri Motha's The Gentle Birth Method and offer the Reflexology treatments advised in this program.
(2)LI C-Y ET AL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186
A randomised controlled trial, conducted at two postpartum centres in northern Taiwan. 65 postpartum women reporting poor quality of sleep were recruited from July 2007 to December 2007.
Participants were assigned randomly to either an intervention or a control group. Participants in both groups received the same care except for reflexology therapy. The intervention group received a single 30-minute foot reflexology session at the same time each evening for five consecutive days. Sessions were administered by a certified nurse reflexologist .The outcome measure was the Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI), and this was performed at baseline and post test. Mean PQSI scores for both groups declined over time between baseline and post test. Using a generalised estimation equation to control several confounding variables, the changes in mean PSQI were found to be significantly lower in the intervention group (β=−2.24, standard error=0.38, p<0.001) than in the control group.
CONCLUSION An intervention involving foot reflexology in the postnatal period significantly improved the quality of sleep.
(3)Dr Gowri Motha – Reflexions Dec 1994s
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