Pregnancy and Birth
during pre-, peri- and post-natal care
Reflexology involves the
application of pressure to various 'reflex points' on the feet.
The tops, sides and soles of the feet are mapped out to reflect
just about every organ in the body, including the hormone system
and reproductive organs,
Including the ovaries, fallopian
tubes, womb and cervix.
Treating women throughout
pregnancy - after the 1 st trimester - until the expected date of
delivery, is extremely safe and can have positive results for mother
& child. Women have reported reductions in nausea, general aches
and pains and constipation. Generally, reflexology can provide an
improved sense of well being, relaxation and higher energy levels.
It can also help the foetus to engage in the correct position, and
so arrive on time!
If the due date does come
and go without any activity, reflexology can often provide gentle
encouragement via stimulation of the hormonal, uterine and cervical
reflexes. As a qualified reflexologist, I have experienced a personal
success rate of 80% in such situations. Once labour has started,
clients can also manipulate - often with help from their birthing
partner - points on the big toe and around the ankles to regulate
There are a growing number
of research studies carried out to test the effects that reflexology
has on women at this time in their lives, with very positive results.
One such study carried out in
Denmark, (1), using the
therapy with women whilst in labour, reported that 97% of those
involved experienced 'outstanding relief' from pain, and that the
average labour time was reduced to just 5 hours.
Once baby is born, this relaxing
therapy can also alleviate tiredness, stress and help balance the
whole body to make for a fast recovery.
Steve and Sonia Griffiths are both fully qualified Reflexologists and you can visit our website at www.brightonreflexology.co.uk
(1.) 'Berlingske Trobenole';