Touch therapies can be of tremendous benefit to the healthy mother-to-be during pregnancy and childbirth.
Reflexology in pregnancy
Reflexology can be of tremendous benefit to the healthy mother-to-be during pregnancy and childbirth.
Studies show that Reflexology not only reduced the amount of hospital admissions for expectant mothers with high blood pressure but also helped the women to have much easier births.
As well as helping to balance the body and alleviate nausea and vomiting, reflexology treatments promote a healthy uterus.
Fortnightly treatments are recommended throughout the pregnancy, but this can be increased to weekly to assist with problems such as high blood pressure, stress and backache.
By stimulation of the liver, endocrine and lymphatic system and balancing the body as a whole, reflexology helps towards a healthier pregnancy.
It is advised to start your treatment even before you conceive, particularly if there is a history of miscarriage.
With regular reflexology treatments pregnancies tend to go to term and clients generally need less medical intervention throughout pregnancy. Babies whose mothers have received pre-conceptual treatment are noted to be less bad tempered.
“Hi Deborah. I had my first ever reflexology with you in May last year whilst trying to conceive. I then had the period from hell, and then fell pregnant. I just wanted to update you and thank you, I now have a beautiful eight week old daughter, who has just started being massaged following your baby massage course that I did with my other daughter.
Kind Regards, Jane Evans ”
Healing, caring touch is comforting. Your feelings of stress are conveyed biochemically to your baby, so your calmer state of mind can only affect baby beneficially. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts of pregnancy, such as backache, leg cramps, sinus congestion, headaches and water retention, and can help to keep your blood pressure in check
Massage increases local and general blood circulation, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to your cells and your baby’s cells. This means greater vitality and less fatigue for your and better nourishment for baby.
Massage helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, which helps you sleep more easily and more deeply. A relaxed mother will have a happier, healthier pregnancy and possibly and easier childbirth experience as well!
Postnatal massage assists the body in ‘settling back down’. It helps to restore energy levels after labour, gives you some time to yourself, eases muscular pain, facilitates healing, stimulates the return of energy, sensory feeling and circulation to abdominal soft tissue and eases back ache and shoulder pain experienced because of breastfeeding.