MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY HEREFORD

A wonderful area of reflexology – working with expectant and postnatal mothers. Through reflexology, I’m encouraging the whole body to tap into its natural self-healing ability thereby supporting balance in every part, system, gland and organ. Reflexology ensures the entire body receives attention.

 

REFLEXOLOGY IN THE FIRST TRIMESTER

Often, women don’t hear about Maternity Reflexology until later in their pregnancies. The first trimester is a time when there are vast changes in hormone levels as well as potential apprehensions about changes that are going to happen. This can affect women in different ways and Maternity Reflexology can act as a great support for inducing relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety levels.

Many women also seek reflexology in their first trimester to help with nausea, morning sickness and fatigue. Shorter session can be given weekly or a full hour every two to four weeks depending on the mother’s goals and response to the treatments.

 

REFLEXOLOGY IN THE SECOND TRIMESTER

The second trimester is typically when mothers feel at their best and have the most energy during their pregnancy. Typically, mothers come for treatments every two to four weeks during this stage, on an ‘as needed’ basis, depending on physical and emotional stressors. Common points emphasised during a treatment include:

 

  • Lymphatic drainage reflexes – to help prevent swelling in feet, legs and hands

  • Endocrine reflexes – support normal hormone secretion

  • Stress reflexes – to aid relaxation and general wellbeing

  • Pelvic Girdle reflexes – to support aches associated with an expanding uterus

  • Heartburn reflexes – to help prevent symptoms of heartburn

  • Thyroid reflex – to support metabolism

 

REFLEXOLOGY IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER

During this trimester mothers may be experiencing more pregnancy-related symptoms. Narrowing the gap between treatments may be recommended as the end of the pregnancy approaches – coming every two to three weeks in the first half of the trimester and then weekly from 37 weeks up to delivery. Common points emphasised during this trimester (in addition to the above) include:

  • Circulatory system reflexes – to maintain or encourage normal blood pressure

  • Digestive system reflexes – to relieve constipation and aid bowel function

  • Spine, sciatic nerve and pelvic area reflexes – to support back and hip pain

  • Preparation for birth reflexes

 

COMMON BENEFITS OF MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY

Women who receive reflexology during their pregnancy report help with:

  • Back and hip pain and general body aches

  • Swelling in feet, legs and hands

  • Reduced stress and improved wellbeing

  • Constipation, heartburn and indigestion

  • Nausea and morning sickness

  • Better and more restful sleep

  • Increased energy

  • Normalised blood pressure

  • Headaches and migraines

 

POSTNATAL REFLEXOLOGY

New mothers find reflexology to be a great support after baby has arrived. Treatments focus on helping mothers bounce back after pregnancy and birth including to:

  • Support faster healing following labour and birth

  • Support milk supply

  • Ease muscle discomfort

  • Support hormonal balance

  • Feel more energised and improve mood

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TREATMENT

Treatments usually last for 60 minutes. Your first treatment will take a little longer and includes a preliminary health and lifestyle consultation. This will allow me to develop a tailored treatment plan.

Reflexology can be used safely throughout pregnancy however there may be times when it might not be appropriate. I take a full medical history to ensure it’s safe and appropriate to carry out a treatment.

All you will need to do is remove your socks and shoes and relax in a reclining reflexology chair that has been ergonomically designed to support your back.

I will start by relaxing your feet before applying specific pressure techniques to the various reflex areas on the base of your feet. These reflexes correspond to the different systems, organs and anatomical areas in your body.

Reflexology is a relaxing and calming experience, however there may be areas that are more sensitive. This is an indication of where there may be an imbalance. Don’t let ticklish feet put you off, the pressure applied is firm enough to avoid this.

Treatment plans can be discussed during the first appointment or you can contact me afterwards. Please note that a ‘treatment plan’ refers to a suggested number of appointments not a financial commitment.

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MAR, MSc, CIPD, BA (Hons)

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