Being pregnant is a wonderful experience for both partners however, it brings about significant change not only to the body but emotionally and psychologically. Reflexology is a safe holistic treatment that is excellent in maintaining, balancing and harmonising, in order to optimise health potential .
Maternity reflexology involves a gentle treatment using specialist techniques incorporating balancing of the endocrine system, lymphatic drainage, linking techniques and massage; it is an extremely safe treatment which can be carried out throughout the pregnancy and gives an excellent environment for both mother and baby by reducing stress and anxiety.
By having regular treatments throughout the pregnancy it can help to relieve the following:
- Backache / Rib Pain / Groin Pain
- Symphysis Pubis Pain
- Constipation / Diarrhoea / IBS
- Exhaustion / Fatigue
- Nausea / Vomiting
Postnatal care The agony and ecstasy of birthing can leave a woman feeling jubilant, exhausted, sore and sick, full of disbelief and wonder and many other conflicting and confusing emotions and feelings.
After birthing many emotional changes happen and it can take around three months for many women to feel their ‘normal’ self again.
The balancing, harmonising and restoring qualities of reflexology is extremely beneficial at this time. Even if a woman has had a straightforward, uneventful birthing, her entire system will appreciate being balanced back to a non-pregnant state and if the labour has been a traumatic experience the qualities of reflexology will help enormously.
Third day blues It is normal for a woman on or around the third day to become weepy, although there may be no reason often sore nipples, sleeplessness and the responsibility of motherhood may often contribute to the emotional sea saw.
The third day blues are due to hormonal changes after the birth and these usually subside over the course of the next couple of days.
This is a natural reaction and can occur in about 80% of births.
Post-natal depression Post-natal depression should not be confused with the ‘blues’ or puerperal psychosis, both of which usually occur very soon after birthing. Post-natal depression however, is not usually diagnosed until the baby is at least 6 weeks old. Prior to this depression is often related to sleep deprivation. It was thought that post-natal depression was hormonal linked but this is now in question since both men and woman can suffer from this condition, Experts now believe it could be the fact that there is a total change in lifestyle, the burden of parenthood is traumatic and this trauma can lead to depression. Being depressed is a very real situation with sufferers not being able to ‘just snap out of it’; post-natal depression is not ‘put on’ for attention it is very real. Men and women should seek professional help rather than trying to cope and struggle on unsupported.
Can Reflexology cause a miscarriage?
If there is a viable foetus it is extremely difficult to dislodge, 98% of all early miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the foetus.
If miscarriage does occur reflexology can give support throughout this unpleasant and frightening time and by using reproflexology techniques can help to rebalance the reproductive and endocrine system bringing about a better chance of maintaining pregnancy.