As a woman pregnancy is a time when your body feels precious, magical and somewhat scary. It is one of the times in your life that is truly memorable and yet a fair few are thrown into morning sickness shortly after seeing the positive pregnancy test. Your hormones are surging and it can feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. There are worries to contend with and a mind field of information to absorb which can be somewhat overwhelming. It’s not all negative though, you are on a journey to welcoming a beautiful little person into your life and there are lots of things you can do to help yourself. Reflexology being one of them, so how can reflexology help?
Reflexology focuses on the holistic approach to health and well being. There are reflexes on the feet and hands that relate to organs, parts and glands of the body. By stimulating these reflexes you can help to bring about a deep sense of relaxation, relieve energy blockages and importantly aid the body in its own healing.
During pregnancy a regular 40 minute reflexology session once a week will help to address any concerns that you have along with a strong focus on relaxation. It is a safe and effective way to address concerns along with having some ‘you time’.
Reflexology could help to relieve back pain, constipation, headaches and reduce stress levels . As you enter into your third and final trimester, reflexology can be used to stimulate labour at the optimum gestational period of 40 weeks.
So what could you expect form a reflexology treatment during your pregnancy? When you are pregnant, comfort is always high on the priority list. For this reason a reflexologist will also have ample cushions, blankets and bolsters ready to help you get comfortable.
Treatment pressure will vary throughout the course of the treatment as will the reflexes that are worked on. For example, the uterus and ovary reflexes will either be completely avoided or with a very light touch until 37weeks. From 37 weeks onwards the reflexologist would use a much firmer pressure on these same reflexes to stimulate labour.
Many people choose reflexology as a way to relax over massage because of its non- invasive nature. All you have to do is take your shoes and socks off, lay back and relax for 40 minutes. It is also recommended that you enjoy the treatment in silence, to enjoy the full benefits of focusing on the body.
Reflexology during pregnancy is always working towards a relaxed and stress free approach to balance your body. A pregnancy that is as relaxed as possible is of huge benefit to both you and your baby.