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Reflexology for all Stages of Pregnancy
I enjoyed both Pregnancy Reflexology and Hypnobirthing sessions during my pregnancy. The relaxation and positive visualisation techniques helped me to connect with my baby and have the natural childbirth experience I wanted.
Having seen the power of these treatments, I have undertaken additional training in this area and now have ten years experience supporting pregnant ladies on their own life changing journeys. This had been a privilege and exciting part of my work helping women achieve as comfortable a pregnancy as possible.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time to experience reflexology and many midwives will recommend it to you as part of your maternity programme. It is safe, natural, relaxing and may increase your energy as well as help you keep your body as healthy as possible. Pregnancy Reflexology is often used to help encourage labour using acupressure points if you are past your due date.
Pregnancy Reflexology might also help you manage the following symptoms:
- Fluid retention (Oedema)
- Morning sickness
- Back Pain
- Digestive issues
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Elle MacPherson all endorsed and followed a maternity programme which had a focus on Pregnancy Reflexology.
Can Reflexology Reduce Labour
Research suggests that regular pregnancy reflexology treatments can help to shorten labour time and reduce the need for medical intervention.
Women who had regular pregnancy reflexology treatments were more likely to have a shorter labour, give birth closer to their expected due date and require less pain relief. The first stage of labour was an average of 5 hours which compared to the normal of 16 to 24 hours).
Read the Pregnancy Reflexology research.
"Jo had a natural ability to make me feel at ease, I am sure pregnancy reflexology was one of the things that helped me deliver both my children in a relaxed and focused manner."
When Not To Have Reflexology
If you have a history of pre term labour, have a low-lying placenta after 32 weeks, are at risk of pre-eclampsia developing, have had previous DVT (deep vein thrombosis), polyhdramnios, oligohydramnios, obstetric cholestasis, vaginal bleeding, or placental abruption. Or, if you have a medical reason for a c-section and are near your due date.
Reflexology is also not suitable if you are suffering with a fever, or have varicose veins around your feet.
Let me know of any other medical conditions incase I need to adapt your treatment.
The treatment will be on a reclining lafuma chair, with a cushion to tilt you to the left hand side. This will not be suitable if you suffer from hypertension, or dizziness when reclining.
Most breech babies settle into their final position between 34 to 36 weeks and after 37 weeks it is unlikely this position will change. You may be offered an ECV, which is where a medical professional will try to turn your baby into a head-down position by applying pressure on your abdomen.
Reflexology in itself will not move a breech baby however there is evidence of babies moving and turning after the mother has had reflexology. The premise is that reflexology may create a space of relaxation allowing the pelvic girdle and nearby muscles to create space for the baby to turn if it is safe to do so.
If you decide to try reflexology I will also give you a Hypnosis mp3, to listen to at home, which guides you to talk to and encourage the baby to turn.
Pregnancy Reflexology is often used to encourage labour in a post term pregnancy. If you are overdue and anxious about being induced, consider a session or two of reflexology. Often my clients will go into labour naturally afterwards.
We will stimulate specific acupressure points to help create a state of deep relaxation. The treatment may also help to clear your digestion system, ease tension in the pelvis and your lower back, and may give a boost of energy to encourage the start of your contractions.
Many women respond well; it does involve more intense pressure being applied to the feet than normal so you may not find it as relaxing as a normal treatment. Please note although we can encourage, babies will only commence the birthing process, when they feel safe and ready to do so.
A midwife team undertook a study on 100 overdue women offering a complimentary Pregnancy Reflexology treatment.
Results showed a four hour reduction in the first stage of labour. The second stage was 21 minutes shorter. Read more here.
"Jo gave me an intense treatment just before my due date. I went into labour after and it was a swift and uncomplicated birth. I’m sure reflexology helped me achieve my natural birth."
Hypnobirthing & Pregnancy Anxiety
I am trained in Confident Childbirth Hypnobirthing which helps you learn techniques to have the most calm, confident and relaxed birth experience possible for you. It’s never too late to start so please speak to me if you want to find out more. Even one session is time well spent.
If you are feeling anxious about birth, breastfeeding, or are suffering from pregnancy anxiety, we can work together to resolve your fears on both a practical and emotional level.
Cost of Hypnobirthing or Hypnotherapy in Ealing for 60 minutes, is £85. If reflexology is undertaken straight after a Hypnobirth/Hypnotherapy session you will receive a discount. £25 for 30 minutes, £45 for 60 minutes.
Cost of Pregnancy Reflexology
Pregnancy Reflexology, 55 minutes - £60
Course of 5 treatments, £275 (paid in advance)
Gift Vouchers - These can be posted out to you, the recipient, or be picked up by hand. They are valid for a year.
If you want to find out more visit my general reflexology page. Or Contact Me to book an pregnancy reflexology appointment today.
CLINIC: Ealing, West London.
NB: Pregnancy Reflexology is not a medical treatment. I am not able to offer medical advice or diagnose conditions. If you have any concerns about your health please contact your midwife.
"I found the course of reflexology extremely beneficial both physically and mentally and it even got rid of the dreaded puffy ankles! It can be no coincidence that I had a drug free natural birth, almost bang on my due date."