Maternity Reflexology

To advance and enhance my strengths as a reflexologist, and because of a particular personal interest I have taken and completed training in 'Maternity Reflexology Practice'. This covers reflexology support for preconceptual care; antenatal care; birthing preparation and newborn baby care. Susanne Enzer ran the course and it is AOR accredited.

Preconceptual
For some people the process of trying to conceive can cause anxiety and depression and this can have a detrimental effect on health.
Reflexology helps with relaxation, improves mood, aids sleep, helps relieve tension and improves a sense of wellbeing which, in theory, can help improve a couple’s chance of conceiving both naturally or with infertility treatment  (Reflexions 2013).

During your consultation a detailed history will be obtained to try to look at you and your partner holistically to see if any life style changes could help with preparing for you to conceive. Initially 6 treatments should be considered to ensure your menstrual cycle is covered.  Ideally both partners should be included in preconceptual care.

Antenatal care
The reflexology treatment is adapted to your individual needs and has some special techniques to help specific problems. Maternity Reflexologists aim to optimise the health potential of the pregnant woman.  Reflexology advice is given but no medical or obstetric advice and clients’ who have problems should be seen regularly by their obstetric care giver. Permission is sought in these circumstances to ensure reflexology is suitable.
Trials have shown that reflexology throughout pregnancy may reduce the length of labour and improve recovery times after the birth. Pregnancy reflexology may help to reduce certain minor conditions such as acid reflux, morning sickness, back ache, pelvic pain, constipation and oedema.

Reflexology priming labour
Usually women go into labour spontaneously at a time within 2 weeks either side of their EDD. Some pregnancies continue beyond the EDD.
Reflexology priming labour is strongly stimulating specific reflex zones with the intention of creating a boost of energy to encourage the onset of labour contractions. Priming labour is not a decision to be made by the reflexologist alone and obstetric permission is always sought before performing this reflexology technique. Also the client must be post term.

Post natal care
After giving birth, you may be feeling exhausted and a little over-awed, reflexology may help you to achieve a more relaxed state and thus improve bonding with your new baby. Other reported effects of reflexology include improved ability to breast feed, more rapid return to pre-pregnancy hormone levels and less incidence of post natal depression.

You May find the following links helpful:

AOR.org.uk Association of Reflexologists
Maternity Reflexology Research Maternity Reflexology Information
Maternity Therapists in your area A guide to approved therapists is available here

babyfoot If you are considering maternity reflexology please watch: The AOR support for pregnancy videobabyfoot

If you would like to book an appointment or ask for any advice please don't hestiate to contact me.

Sources:
Maternity Reflexology Manual. S. Enzer 2004
The Magic of Reflexology in Pregnancy. Dr Gowrie Motha Reflections Dec 1994
Reflexions June 2013 No.111 fertility or conception.