Over the last decade Fertility, Pregnancy & Postnatal Reflexology has become extremely popular because it really works! I love working in these fields and I have an additional diploma from the London School of Reflexology covering these areas.
Having a baby should be one of the most natural things in the world, but one in six couples experience problems. There are many factors that can influence conception such as lifestyle, diet, stress and medical problems. We will discuss all of these and I will use techniques to stimulate ovulation, (boost sperm count for the men) and generally help balance the body and get it into an optimal state for conception.
Many fertility clinics employ reflexologists as it is believed to be hugely beneficial during the IVF process too.
“I wanted you to know that I am now 12 weeks pregnant and have no doubt that our sessions helped this come about. Thank you” TH
This is a specialised therapy which I use to care for mum to be throughout her pregnancy. It deeply relaxes her and helps with many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as sciatica, lumbar pain, pelvic pain, nausea and fatigue. It balances hormones and boosts your energy and the increased wellbeing you feel will also be enjoyed by your baby.
In “Childbirth doesn’t have to hurt – Strategies for an easier labour” by Nikki Bradford and Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain, published by Vega 2002, pages 159 to 163 refer to Reflexology. On page 162 Nikki Bradford states “Of the mothers who had 10 reflexology sessions beginning in the middle of their pregnancies, only 2.7% had an epidural (the national average is about 20%). The first stage of labour took about five hours, shorter than the national average. And the second stage of labour, which usually takes between one and two hours, took an average of about 16 minutes”.
Most first babies arrive over a week after the due date so sit tight and try to be patient! The World Health Authority states that only 10% of medical inductions around the world were actually necessary. Unfortunately these inductions often lead on to a c section or assisted birth.
If your baby is fully developed reflexology is usually effective in inducing labour, allowing you to labour and hopefully birth naturally. This saves mum and baby from the anxiety, stress and risks of an artificial induction. Better for mum, better for baby.
“My contractions started last night (after seeing you yesterday) so fingers crossed! So happy not to be induced.” AT
It is a common mistake to prepare for birth but forget to take care of yourself afterwards. This is a very demanding period both physically and mentally. Your body is going through great changes while you are dealing with being a new mum. When you give birth, all of the hormones that peaked and made you feel so well during pregnancy descend so quickly and dramatically that your body has to adjust post-birth. Reflexology can help not only to restore your previous balance but also to help you with lactation and breastfeeding, constipation, hemorrhoids, post-surgical issues, leaking, relaxation etc… Don’t forget, after birth your baby deserves the best of your attention, but so do you!
Studies show that reflexology increases milk supply by 88% on average and up to 300%!