Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside standard healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
Reflexology during pregnancy aims to optimise the physical and emotional health of pregnant women through working on specific reflexology points, usually on the feet but sometimes on the hands, face and ears, these reflexology points correspond to different parts of the body. Reflexologists work holistically. They can provide general lifestyle advice and offer support.
Reflexology can be used throughout pregnancy, the reflexologist will take a full history to ensure that its safe and appropriate to carry out a treatment.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefitted from reflexology throughout their pregnancy and in fact two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour, reduced the length of the first stage of labour and improved the sleep in post-natal women.
As your due date approaches, you may find it useful to visit a reflexologist more frequently. Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, the general view is that it will help support the body to prepare for labour and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high.
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. – William Londen