Pregnancy reflexology also known as maternity and antenatal reflexology is about nurturing the expectant mother during her pregnancy journey. It is a wonderful therapy which treats the whole body by working on the feet to reduce and alleviate pregnancy symptoms during each trimester.
Similar to traditional reflexology, pregnancy reflexology treats the feet using massage techniques, pressure points and gentle movements on all the reflexes. It is a very soothing relaxing therapy which has many benefits throughout the course of pregnancy. By working on the thousands of nerve endings and reflexes in the feet, it essentially helps to bring the body into balance and promotes relaxation. If you are in your third trimester, overdue or in early post pregnancy why not find out more about a reflexology home visit.
Regular treatments can help women to cope better during pregnancy and prepare mentally and physically for labour. Your reflexologist becomes a friendly pregnancy partner who will nurture and support you all through your pregnancy. Fertility reflexology is also popular for many women prior to pregnancy to improve general health and fertility. Sessions provide a space to practice simple breathing exercises and affirmations which are beneficial during the birthing process. Reflexology is recommended by midwives and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Streets. Orlagh, who is also a qualified counsellor provides emotional support and a safe space to talk during treatments.
Your reflexologist becomes a friendly pregnancy partner who will nurture and support you all through your pregnancy.”
Health Benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology
- Helps reduce pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, nausea and fatigue.
- Alleviates many physical symptoms such as constipation and heartburn.
- Promotes and aids relaxation for mammy and baby.
- Helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Soothes tired swollen feet and legs.
- Prepares the body for labour by balancing the bodies systems particularly the endocrine system.
- Can help to reduce muscle aches and pain.
- Boosts energy levels and can counteract fatigue.
- Nurtures, supports and reassures the expectant mother through pregnancy.
- Teaches and encourages simple breathing exercises and affirmations.
- Is a safe and relaxing space to unwind
When should I start pregnancy reflexology?
It is recommended to start pregnancy Reflexology anytime from 12+ to weeks gestation. Treatments may attend occasionally or regularly. Research shows that having approximately 10 reflexology sessions during pregnancy can significantly reduce many pregnancy symptoms and prevent common problems from developing including reducing overall labour times and pain. If you have been receiving regular (fertility) reflexology treatments prior to pregnancy you can continue treatments in the first trimester.
How often should I attend pregnancy reflexology?
You can attend pregnancy reflexology as often as you wish. Regular treatments are more therapeutic and deepen your ability to relax as you move through your pregnancy. Consider attending once or twice a month in second trimester increasing treatments as you move through your third trimester. In the third trimester from around week 32+ you can attend weekly as part of a birth preparation course while from week 37+ many women find great relief from more frequent treatments.
Is reflexology harmful during pregnancy?
Reflexology is a non evasive, safe and relaxing physical therapy which gently benefits the whole body. It will not interfere with the viability of the pregnancy and does not cause miscarriage. Reflexology will not do any harm during pregnancy. A full medical history will be discussed in the first session to ensure there are no contra-indications during pregnancy. It is recommended that you discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor. A short disclaimer and medical history is necessary prior to the commencement of pregnancy reflexology treatments.
I am past my due date, can you come to my home for a reflexology treatment?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, many women who are past their due date and particularly women who are having multiples find it simply too difficult or awkward to get out for an appointment. Home visits are very popular towards the end of pregnancy and in the early weeks after birth when it is difficult travel.