What is Maternity Reflexology?
Maternity reflexology is reflexology adapted for use during pregnancy, when your body will go through significant changes. These changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body.
Reflexologists believe the treatment can help restore the body’s equilibrium, giving clients a sense of wellbeing. Maternity Reflexologists believe that clients with fertility issues may also benefit from this therapy.
Maternity reflexology treatments can be given to clients pre-conceptually, during pregnancy, during birth, and after the birth.
Reflexology does not claim to diagnose or cure any condition. It is a complementary health support for maternity clients and is not a substitute for obstetric or medical care.
Prior to a treatment it is important that the client obtains permission from their Midwife or Obstetric care provider.
The case for Maternity Relexology
A study of 593 women giving birth at a Danish hospital, found that 89.7% of those who chose reflexology with no anaelgesic drugs, felt it reduced pain, with only 4 of them requiring additional pain medication.(Easier Births Using Reflexology.” by Gabriella Bering Liisberg, “Tidsskrift for Jordemodre,” No. 3, 1989)
This study also showed that not only can it help reduce pain but it can also help bring about labour, often without the need for further intervention in about half the cases.
And as if that wasn’t a good enough reason to try this extremely relaxing and calming therapy, a further study has also shown that it can reduce labour time by over 60%. The study conducted in London by Dr Gowri Motha showed that women having regular reflexology treatments had an average first stage labour of 5-6 hours, compared to textbook expectations of 16-24 hours. It also found that Stage 2 and 3 of labour combined was less than 25 mins for those having had reflexology, compared to more typical experiences of 1-2 hours.