06 Dec 5 ways reflexology can support your pregnancy
Reflexology aims to restore balance and wellbeing, through non-intrusive, relaxing pressure and massage techniques to reflex points in the feet, hands or face. These reflex points are thought to correspond to organs, systems and structures in the body.
It can be relaxing yet stimulating all at the same time, and is a great treatment for pregnant women, as it has some key benefits in promoting health and wellness during pregnancy. So what can it help with?
Morning sickness reduction
One of the most unpleasant side effects of early pregnancy is morning sickness. Whilst it is a clear sign that your pregnancy is developing, it can leave you feeling, drained, exhausted and struggling to cope, all during a period when you probably don’t want to be attracting much attention to yourself. Reflexology treatment can ‘take the edge’ off nausea and help you rest and replenish your energy. The body is going through such a rapid growth phase that rest and relaxation are essential at this time.
Whilst pregnancy can be a wonderful event, it can often cause a good deal of anxiety, especially during the first trimester. Research has shown that Reflexology stimulates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for bringing about a state of relaxation, calming the body and the mind. It is a wonderfully relaxing treatment and can really help aid relaxation, and reduce levels of stress.
Constipation affects many women in pregnancy and whilst it is considered to be ‘par for the course’, the benefits of a treatment at this time can be considerable. The digestive reflexes on the soles of the feet and can be worked effectively to encourage natural movement and flow.
Reflexology actually reduces puffy swollen ankles, literally before your eyes. Many women can suffer from puffy ankles, but if the problem continues, the ankles can become painfully swollen. I can always guarantee that the treatment reduces the swelling considerably, bringing about relief and comfort, especially as you approach the latter stages.
Production of oxytocin
In the latter stages, Reflexology can help encourage the body to commence labour or expedite labour once started. The hormone, Oxytocin, is released in order to ‘get things going’. This hormone is encouraged by a number of things including skin-to-skin touch, and, hands-on treatments such as Reflexology which reduce stress and fear.
And it doesn’t stop there. Once your little one has arrived in the world, postnatal Reflexology really helps to restore, rebalance and re-energise. Do consider a treatment that is of course, if you have a moment to yourself!
AUTHOR: ALLISON FULLER.
Allison is known as the Hormonal Therapist. She treats fertility, as well as women during pregnancy and labour. Her Reflexology practices are based in Surrey, including Weybridge, Esher and Cobham