Reflexology and Pregnancy

iStock 000065006651 Small-300x204Everybody knows someone that absolutely loves Reflexology! Just ask around and you’ll almost certainly find someone who has benefitted from it. And when you find this person chances are it is a mother! But why it is that Reflexology is so popular with mothers? One reason is the fact that reflexology is very safe and non invasive, which makes it a very popular complementary therapy recommended by physicians and even covered
by many health insurance providers (as long as it is a fully registered and insured practitioner). The second thing is the therapy itself. Very pleasant and relaxing, Reflexology wins the hearts even of those who normally don’t care much about having their feet touched.
But beyond the most well deserved TLC for the mommy’s feet and the glorious relaxing-me-time every mother to be craves, Reflexology brings amazing benefits during and after pregnancy.
During Pregnancy
Work with pregnancy is a big part of what I do as a reflexologist. However, even though pregnancy can be different from person to person or even from one pregnancy to another, there are a few things that remain common.
The importance of Relaxation is one of them. So many times relaxation and stress relief are overlooked and considered minor issues, but they ensure optimal health of both mother and baby.
The adaptation of the mother’s body to the changes that occur during the gestational period is of vital importance, and I hear from clients on a daily basis how much better and different they feel after a treatment. Issues that are commonly related with pregnancy such as nausea, insomnia, constipation, heart blood pressure problems, symphysis pubis dysfunction, neck and back pain, liquid retention, bad absorption and assimilation of nutrients, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, and the list goes on… all symptoms with excellent amelioration rates.
It is very common to hear from mothers that choose to go through treatment for the whole pregnancy course (which I personally recommend to be from week 12 onwards), so that these symptoms simply don’t occur.
Preparation to Birth
If everything is fine during gestation, I normally recommend my clients to come once a month from the 12th week (weeks 12, 16, 20, 24), every two weeks from the 24th (weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) and then every week from the 36th (weeks 37,38,39,40). During the course of treatment there are a few areas that can gradually be worked with to facilitate for the optimal birth. Natural hormonal stimulation (such as oxytocin, adrenaline and endorphins) is a big part of the process, and promoting muscular readiness, pelvic, hips and sacrum relief, also.
After Birth
Whether the woman has had treatments prior to birth or not, reflexology can be a great tool in helping the mother’s body to harmonise and balance back to its normal state.
Tension and pain relief are among the reasons reflexology is sought after by new moms, but also physical and psychological conditions that might occur afterbirth, such as postpartum depression, can be helped. It is important to understand that reflexology is a complementary holistic therapy, which means that you should not stop seeing your doctor and or taking prescribed medication in its favour. It promotes overall wellbeing by promoting balance of the functions of the body, and works alongside traditional medicine, diet and exercise.

 Author: Jennyfer Picolo
Jennyfer has been helping people to better health through Reflexology, Auricular Acupuncture, Reiki, Shiatsu and Bodywork since 2005

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