My Pregnancy Story
I was first introduced to complementary therapy when I was living a stressed life and trying to make sense of my own fertility challenges.
After seeing the power of using reflexology and hypnobirthing , which I believe helped me have a drug free labour, I decided to qualify as a Reflexologist in 2005. I have since undertaken additional specialist Pregnancy Reflexology and Hypnobirthing training, and, as a mother myself, this also helps me to identify with the different emotions of pregnancy you may be going through.
Pregnancy Reflexology may reduce your labour time
There is research to suggest that regular reflexology during pregnancy can help to shorten labour time and reduce the need for medical intervention.
Findings showed that women who received regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy were more likely to have a shorter labour, require less pain relief and give birth closer to their expected due date. The average first stage of labour was 5 hours (compared to textbook figures of 16 to 24 hours) and 16 minute 2nd stage (compared to 1 to 2 hours). Read the article called “The Magic of Reflexology” here.
Past your due date?
Reflexology can be used to encourage labour in a post term pregnancy. If you are overdue and anxious about being induced in hospital you may want to consider a session or two of reflexology as many women find they go into labour naturally afterwards.
Specific acupressure points can be stimulated with the intention of creating a boost of energy to encourage the onset of labour contractions. Many women who are post-term and have no problems respond well, although it does involve more intense pressure being applied to the feet than normal and some clients do not find it as relaxing as a normal treatment.
A midwife team undertook a study into 100 overdue women who were offered a free reflexology treatment on their feet. The results of the study showed that overall, the length of the first stage of labour was four hours shorter and the second stage of labour (once the woman starts to push) was 21 minutes shorter, than of those women who had not received the reflexology treatment.
Read these posts if you would like to find out more about how reflexology may help you, or read the Article about my clinic featured in the 1883 Magazine.
Still need convincing then have a look at some testimonials from clients I have worked with.
Interested in Hypnobirthing?
I am trained in Confident Childbirth Hypnobirthing to enable you to learn techniques to help you have the most calm, confident and relaxed birth experience possible for you. Or if you are feeling anxious about the birth, breastfeeding, or you are suffering from pregnancy anxiety, we can work together to resolve your fears on a practical and emotional level.
It’s never too late to start so please speak to me if you want to find out more. I offer a substantial discount if reflexology and hypnobirthing treatments are undertaken together.
When shouldn’t a treatment be given?
It is not advisable to have treatment if you have a history of labour starting before 37 weeks gestation, if you have a low-lying placenta or if there is too much water around the baby after 32 weeks gestation or if you are at risk of pre-eclampsia developing.
I also advice not to have a treatment if you suffer from hypertension as the treatment will be on a reclining chair.
Reflexology should also not be given if you have a high fever or an infectious disease, suffer from deep vein thrombosis, or varicose veins around your feet, or you have gangrene. Please let me know about any other medical condition during our consultation so I can adapt your treatment if necessary.
Cost of Pregnancy Reflexology
|Pregnancy Reflexology – 55 minutes||£50||£90|
|Reflexology Course, 6 treatments for the price of 5||£250||£450|
|Hypnobirthing – 60 minutes||£80||£150|
|Reflexology & Hypnobirthing – 90 minutes||£95||£175|
|Reflexology & Hypnobirthing – 120 minutes||£110||£199|