Maternity reflexology is reflexology used to cherish the woman and her baby on a physical, emotional and spiritual level throughout the pregnancy (Pregnant Weeks).
This technique uses restrained energies of your feet to harmonize and balance the entire body thus leading to better health and well-being.
This therapy works on the belief that there are certain reflex areas on your feet and hands that relate to all the organs, parts and systems of your body.
Stimulating these points eases your tension, increases blood supply and activates your body’s own healing ability.
During pregnancy, your body undergoes various changes because of the abundance of pregnancy hormones. These changes affect emotional, hormonal and psychological conditions of your body.
For some women, this is the period for fatigue, nausea, backaches, headaches and various other conditions.
Research showed that regular maternity reflexology can shorten your labor period and offer less pain.
Maternity reflexology is a great way to treat these common discomforts and maintain balance throughout the pregnancy period.
Benefits of maternity reflexology:
- Reduces backache
- Treats anemia
- Treats hemorrhoids
- Reduces edema
- Cures muscular tension
- Treats urinary tract problems
- Prevents gestational diabetes
- Enhances pelvic floor flexibility
- Prevents the need of episiotomy
- Decreases fatigue
- Gives general relaxation
- Reduces heartburn
- Provides relief in ligament and groin pain
- Relieves cystitis
- Treats sleep discomforts and insomnia
- Good for sciatica
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Eases psychological discomfort
- Increases energy levels
- Turns your baby into breech position
- Treats constipation or digestive problems
- Treats nausea
- Treats morning sickness
- Reduces pain and discomfort
- Treats anxiety and stress
- Prepares you for labor
At the time of labor, reflexology relieves the pain, coordinates and accelerates regular contractions, and prevents retained placenta.
Though reflexology is safe and effective during your pregnancy, it is not recommended during some conditions such as premature labor, placenta previa, severe hypertension, continuous vomiting, Pica syndrome, deep vein thrombosis, HELLP syndrome, toxaemia, placental abruption, or recent vaginal bleeding.
Choose a professional reflexologist and it is important to inform your healthcare provider if you receive reflexology treatments.
Maternity reflexology as a preventative therapy:
You should receive the treatment on a regular basis. The changes during pregnancy are almost common for every woman, so reflexology alone cannot give you complete relief. Don’t depend entirely on this treatment.
Though it is safe, pleasant, relaxing and non-invasive, it is not sufficient. It gives you energy so that you can feel more comfortable.
For some days before the due date, the therapist works on certain points of your feet to encourage your body to go into labor naturally.
If you and your baby are ready, then labor can start within few days. It keeps you focused and relaxed during the labor.