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 boost your energy as well as help you keep your body as healthy as possible. Reflexology can also be used to help encourage labour if you are over your due date.
Pregnancy Reflexology treatments may also help you manage the following symptoms:
- Oedema (fluid retention)
- Back Pain
- Digestive disorders
- Morning sickness
Elle MacPherson, Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow all followed and endorsed a maternity care program of which the main focus was Pregnancy Reflexology.
"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."
Pregnancy Reflexology may reduce your labour time
Research suggests that regular pregnancy reflexology treatments can help to shorten labour time and reduce the need for medical intervention.
Women who received regular pregnancy reflexology treatments 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).
Read the Pregnancy Reflexology research below.
When shouldn’t you have a treatment?
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 have a fever, or have varicose veins around your feet. Do advise me 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 an obstetrician tries to turn the baby into a head-down position by applying pressure on the abdomen.
Reflexology can not turn a breech baby but there is anecdotal evidence of women whose babies have turned after reflexology. The belief is that reflexology can create relaxation and sometimes relax the pelvic girdle and surrounding muscles creating the space for the baby to turn, if it is safe for it 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.
"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."
Pregnancy Reflexology can be used to support and encourage labour in a post term pregnancy. If you are overdue and anxious about being induced, consider a session or two of reflexology. Many women find they go into labour naturally afterwards.
Specific acupressure points will be stimulated with the intention of creating a state of deep relaxation, clearing your digestion system, easing any tension held in the pelvis and lower back, and giving a boost of energy to encourage the onset of labour contractions.
Many women who are post-term 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 into 100 overdue women who were offered a free Pregnancy 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 Pregnancy Reflexology treatment.
“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.”
Interested in Hypnobirthing or Hypnosis for 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 £80. 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 6 treatments, £299 (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.
“Treatments with Jo were always a treat. They were always so relaxing, and I felt uplifted and refreshed afterwards. They also helped with difficulty in sleeping, swollen ankles, stress & back pain.”