Pregnancy is a very exciting and ever changing time in a woman’s life, as well as the life of her partner. But with that excitement come many inconveniences, and in some cases, health concerns. And unfortunately, sometimes pregnancy ends in a loss which is devastating to both mother and partner and can have emotional and physical ramifications for mother that need to be addressed.
The pregnant woman can be supported and nurtured SAFELY through all 4 trimesters by a properly educated Maternity Reflexology Therapist.
Studies have shown that Reflexology in pregnancy :
– Significantly reduced pain during labour (1, 2)
– Reduced the length of first stage labour (1, 2)
– Improved quality of sleep in post-natal women (3)
– Reduces the physical or psychological stressors in pregnancy which reduces complications such as pre-eclampsia, intra-uterine growth retardation, gestational diabetes, or pre-term labour (4)
Maternity Reflexology targets specific issues that can arise in Pregnancy with specialised protocols that are proven to help. Maternity Reflexology protocols include but are not limited to:
Termination of Pregnancy
Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Second and Third Trimester:
Symphysis Pubis Pain
Pain and Stress Management in Birth
After Vaginal Delivery
After Induction of Labour
After Forceps Delivery or Vacuum Extraction
After Multiple Births
After Precipitate Delivery
After Prolonged Labour
After Lower Segment Cesarean Section
Post Partum Depression
Lactation, Under Supply, Slow Let Down Reflex and Failure to Lactate
Lactation, Over Supply and Rapid Let Down Reflex
Suppression of Lactation
Aching Joints and Muscles
Diastasis Recti Abdominis
Involution of the Uterus
Subinvolution of the Uterus
Normal Bowel Movements
After General Anesthetic
PTSD, Unexpected Outcome or Emotionally Traumatic Delivery
** Reflexology Labour Priming is a natural non invasive treatment that prepares both mother and babe for birth.
When provided by a Qualified Maternity Reflexology Therapist, Labour Priming Reflexology provides a gentle loving communication between mother and babe’s systems to complete and perfect any development that is yet ongoing in later pregnancy, to reduce both mother and babe’s anxiety around the upcoming birth and very intimate change that is occurring in their relationship, promote prime fetal positioning which reduces labour stalls and causes for intervention, and once both mother and babe are physically, emotionally and psychologically prepared, it promotes the release of CRH (cortico-releasing hormone) from babe to placenta to start labour.
Reflexology Labour Priming can safely* be done on women who are 37 weeks or more, or earlier with Obstetrical Care Providers prompting (in cases of twins or gestational diabetes etc). RLP can be done weekly or multiple times per week at mother’s discretion until natural labour begins.
Reflexology Labour Priming is NOT the same as the chemical interventions of Labour Induction. RLP does not force start labour and will not guarantee a babe in arms within a certain time frame. RLP acts the same way as Acupuncture for Labour Priming, which makes it an ideal option for those who may have an aversion or anxiety around needles. When used appropriately, Maternity Reflexology and Reflexology Labour Priming reduce pain, duration, and interventions of birth.
(1) VALIANI M ET ALL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour and primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310
(2) Dolation M ET AL (2011) The effects of Reflexology on Pain Intensity and Duration of Labour on Primiparas. Iran Red Crescent Medical Journal. 13(7) p478-479
(3) LI C-Y ET ALL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women, Midwifery. 27. p181-186
(4) TIRAN D, CHUMMUN H (2004) Complementary therapies to reduce physiological stress in Pregnancy. Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, 10. P162-167 Available online at www,sciencedirect.com