reduces labour time
Reflexology is very safe and of great support from conception, throughout pregnancy up to labour. It can help with most symptoms present during pregnancy, such as morning sickness, swelling in feet and ankles, improving sleep quality and aid digestion.
Treatments flow on to benefit the foetus as well, creating a sense of wellbeing.
Research has shown that receiving regular Reflexology during pregnancy and certainly during the last couple of months, helps to make labour easier and shorter, lasting approximately 6 hours.
Some of the following conditions may benefit from Reflexology during pregnancy
- restless legs
- symphysis pubis discomfort
- anxiety and other pregnancy issues
Treatments are especially useful in the last few months to prepare for the birth. Your body and Baby work together to start labour and Reflexology is a great support at this time. Research shows that with regular Reflexology, labour is shorter.
Reflexology supports the body to gently regulate hormone production.
Research shows that reflexology is effective
- in reducing the mother’s pain after a Cesarean section
- on the volume of milk of mothers, and this low-cost and easy procedure can be used along with regular lactation training
I was on crutches for the last four months of the pregnancy due to symphysis pubis. After two Reflexology treatments with Anne, the pain was gone. I was still on crutches but could now move around without pain, what a wonderful sensation!
– Kirsty S.
Reflexology during pregnancy is beneficial, non-invasive and safe.
Research conducted by Dr Gowri Motha at the Jeyarani Birth Centre on the effects of reflexology on pregnant women.
Study: 37 pregnant women completed a course of 10 reflexology treatments with remarkable effect.
Results:The average length of the first stage of labour was 5 hours whereas the text book average is 16 – 24 hours; the second stage of labour lasted an average of 16 minutes compared to the text book expectancy of 1 – 2 hours, and only 5.4% of the women who had reflexology treatment required emergency caesarian section compared to an average of 13% in Newham district which was the district where the study was conducted.
Reflexology Association – research co-ordinator Kristine Walker