Reflexology for Maternity
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Karen Botha MAR reflexologist at Essential Feeling Gidea Park, Romford who specialises in fertility

What is Maternity reflexology?

Maternity reflexology can aid you with some of the side effects of being pregnant, but also research has shown that it can significantly cut the length of your labour by up to 18 hours! When you are pregnant, your body goes through massive changes. This can affect your emotions, hormones and the physiological balance of your body. Maternity Reflexology can help to ease or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore your body’s equilibrium.

Karen Botha MAR

Your Association of Reflexologist’s Therapist


Questions & Answers


Does reflexology make labour easier?

Research has shown that those mums to be that have 10 reflexology treatments during pregnancy can have a vastly reduced period of labour. Labour after sufficient reflexology treatments can be as little as 5 – 6 hours compared to a text book average of 16 – 24 hours for frist time mums.


Can Reflexology reduce pain during labour?

Again the research shows that yes, as well as labour being shorter after regular reflexology treatments, these mothers also require less pain relief.


Will Reflexology help my baby too?

As a mother, whilst your baby is in utero, the calmness you feel will transfer to your baby. This will encourage a calm, happy and contented baby.


Maternity conditions that may respond well to Reflexology

Morning sickness
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Heartburn and acid reflux
Emotional disturbances and mood swings
Fluid retention
Back pain
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Insomnia and sleep problems
Turning a breach baby
Shorter and natural onset of labour
Bringing on labour
Pain relief
Acceleration of contractions
Post term

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What will happen during the treatment?

During your reflexology therapy, you will sit in a specialist chair. You will need to take off your shoes and socks/ stockings. Then during the treatment, we will keep the foot that isn’t being worked on covered with soft towels to keep it warm whilst your other foot is being treated.

We will then assess your feet visually before gently warming up your feet. Then it will be on to the actual treatment. You will receive treatment to your right foot first, and then your left. The emphasis of the treatment content will depend on your individual needs as every reflexology is individually tailored. We will rework your particular areas of specialist need before finishing with a warm down & if you have booked a longer treatment, a luxury foot, and lower leg massage.


What do I do during a reflexology treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he or she will either move you or will ask you to move as necessary. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. This is your time, whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. During reflexology your body releases toxins. This process can mean that your body temperature can change at any time, so please do say if you become cold. Likewise, if the pressure is too light or hard, then please feel free to say as everyone is different.


How will I feel after reflexology?

Most people feel really relaxed after reflexology, then most people will then feel rejuvenated and full of energy. You may experience some aches and pains for around 24 hours after your treatment as the body flushes the toxins that have been released. In order to speed this process along, drink lots of water after reflexology.


Please Note:

Reflexology is a totally safe and complementary treatment (it does not replace medical treatment). If you are in any doubt at all, please consult with your GP prior to treatment.

Foot map showing some of the main reflexology points in different colours
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How long does it take to see results?

Everyone is different and the time to see results will vary according to how deep-rooted your problems are. Most people will start to respond positively to Reflexology within 3 to 6 weekly appointments.




Who will be doing my sessions?

Karen is our specialist in fertility and maternity reflexology. Here is what our clients say about her: “Had an amazing pregnancy reflexology treatment to try and get things moving, went into labour 2 days later! Definitely, recommend x.”


Is there a consultation process?

Yes. If you have a computer, we’ll send you a consultation form to complete before you come along for your reflexology treatment. This will allow you to go through your medical history and lifestyle. When you arrive we’ll chat through your consultation form to fully understand everything and then we’ll develop your very own treatment plan tailored to your needs.


Where will I be treated?

Your reflexology treatment will be in a comfortable, calm treatment room with soft lighting and specialist relaxation music.

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