Supporting the mind, body and spirit from preconception to postnatal care.
Maternity Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment, nurturing both mother and baby, boosting energy and providing relief from common
ailments of pregnancy. Maternity Reflexology can be safely enjoyed throughout all stages of pregnancy.
If you have any concerns about your pregnancy then please do get in touch. There are very few contraindications during pregnancy when you see an experienced Maternity Reflexologist.
One such contraindication is a low lying placenta (Placenta Previa) after 32 weeks.
This is when the placenta is attached low in the uterus and may be covering or partially covering the cervix. This is often discovered at the 20 week scan. Another scan is booked at 32 weeks and for many ladies the the placenta has moved away from the cervix.
No matter how big your bump, your comfort is prioity. For many ladies they are comfortable to be treated reclined back in the chair. In this instance you will be supported with cushions to tilt you slightly onto your left side and a pillow placed under your ‘bump’.
This helps reduces ‘Supine Hypotension’, which is caused when the main blood vessel returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart becomes constricted from the weight of the uterus. This can result in shortness of breath and feeling faint. By tilting slightly to the left the pressure is alleviated from the vessel, which runs up the right side of the spine.
If you are not comfortable in the reclining chair or have suffered from supine hypotension during pregnancy, the treatment will take place on the sofa, with cushions for support and feet up on a footstool. Either way you will be comfortable, warm and secure as every part of your body becomes relaxed.
PREPARING FOR LABOUR
Many ladies first try reflexology at the end of their pregnancy hoping it will encourage labour to start. It was then that I first experienced reflexology, and although my (9lb) baby wasn’t born until a week later I did have a short (4.5 hr ) labour with only gas and air, and a natural delivery.
I tell expectant mothers when they enquire about maternity reflexology to prime for labour, there is no magic button on the foot that I can press that will activate labour. Your baby will come when he/she is ready.
However, when your baby is ready, reflexology can encourage the onset of labour by promoting a deep relaxation and calming the mind. You are far more likely to go into labour in a relaxed state. Reflexology will also provide a boost in energy and help to balance hormones. The treatment focuses on relaxation and stimulation of reflex and acupressure points in the feet.
Research and studies have shown that regular reflexology during pregnancy can lead to shorter labours with less medical intervention. (Valiani M et al 2010)
In 1993/94 Consultant Obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha’s study on Reflexology on first time pregnant Mums, concluded that those who had received 9 reflexology treatments during pregnancy had shorter labours requiring less pain relief than those who had no reflexology.
Maternity Reflexology to help activate labour is only suitable for ladies who are at full term in their pregnancy. Before you arrive for your treatment I will ask you how your pregnancy has been so far and if they’re are any concerns for you or your baby. If you have a contraindicated medical condition such as placenta previa then you will not be able to have reflexology at this stage.
Once you become a Mother, Reflexology can help assist your post natal recovery and support physical, emotional and mental well being.
Maternity Reflexology in Windsor, Wokingham, Maidenhead, Ascot, Wargrave, Warfield, Binfield and surrounding villages.
Click on the video below to find out more about reflexology support during pregnancy.