What is Maternity Reflexology?
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to and massaging certain areas of the feet to encourage healing and relieve stress and tension. It is also used to improve general health and well-being.
Reflexology is based on the principle that the feet are like a mirror image of the body and that certain areas of the feet, called reflex points are linked to areas of body through the meridian system. The arrangement of the reflexes has a direct relationship to the area of the body they affect. For example, the right side of the foot is linked to the right side of the body. While the tips of the toes correspond to the head. The liver, pancreas and kidneys connect to the arch of the foot, and the lower back and intestines towards the heel.
What are the Benefits of Maternity Reflexology?
My clients who come for maternity reflexology report that the treatment helps to improve sleep and promotes deep relaxation – many of which fall asleep during their treatment There are however many benefits to receiving reflexology during pregnancy and I focus on different areas of the body depending on what trimester you are in:-
• Thyroid Reflex - to help regulate metabolism
• Lymphatic drainage reflex - to prevent puffiness and swelling in legs and feet
• Pancreas and endocrine reflexes – to encourage normal secretions and help prevent gestational diabetes
• Pelvic area reflexes – to help with aches associated with an expanding uterus
• Circulatory system reflex – to maintain and encourage normal blood pressure and prevent severe pre-eclampsia
• Sciatic nerve, spine and pelvic area reflex – to help with back pain and hip discomfort
• Digestive system reflexes – to aid in bowel function and relieve constipation
• Uterus and pelvic floor reflexes – towards the end of pregnancy in preparation for labour and childbirth
I have always been fascinated by reflexology since receiving a number of treatments myself in my early 20’s. I then went on to study a degree in complementary therapies that included modules in Reflexology and Advanced Techniques that strengthened my knowledge and understanding of how the treatments work.
My reflexology tutor stated to me on the first day of college that “the feet never lie” and now I really know what she meant. After working as a therapist for nearly 10 years I have seen time after time the connection between imbalances in the body and the condition of the feet, and my fascination with this ancient healing art still continues today.
In 2010 I completed additional training in fertility and maternity reflexology and feel very privileged to able to help and support mums to be in their pregnancy through such relaxing and therapeutic treatments.
Many clients often continue with regular reflexology treatments after the birth of their child, and report a higher state of relaxation.
What to Expect
Before your first treatment, I will go through an initial consultation form with you in order to establish any contraindications and expected outcomes of treatment. Your treatments may need to be adapted depending on this information.
After the initial consultation I will give you time to lie down on the massage table, where your back will be elevated and a maternity pillow and bolsters used to find a comfortable position for you to deeply relax into the treatment.
I like to play relaxing therapy music during my massage treatments, as this can help you to relax and unwind. However, please let me know if you would prefer not to have this. My aim is for you to be comfortable, relaxed and content in order to get the most out of your treatment.
After your reflexology treatment you should feel relaxed and may feel sleepy, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time to unwind.
For more information or to book your appointment please call / text Clare on 07707984397.
Treatment & Prices
Foot Reflexology including Foot and Leg Massage
1 hour - £40
5 x Treatments £160