What is maternity reflexology
Maternity reflexology is a branch of reflexology. It has been specially adapted to use targeted reflexology techniques to help pregnant ladies care for themselves and their unborn children throughout their maternity period. Many ask ‘is reflexology OK during pregnancy?’ and the answer is yes, as long as you use a qualified reflexologist in maternity reflexology.
Karen Botha MAR
Your Association of Reflexologist’s Therapist
Questions & Answers
The benefits of maternity reflexology
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but research shows that having maternity reflexology really adds to that. Why? We’ll tell you.
Maternity reflexology is a popular therapy because it is aimed specifically at pregnant ladies and tailored to your needs. There are physical changes that you undergo when you’re pregnant, but also, a bunch of emotional and mental changes hard to keep on top of.
How does reflexology make you feel?
A lot of our clients have likened it to having a full body massage, but just via their feet.
How does reflexology work?
If you think about a garden hose that when we turn on the tap is only trickling out water. We need to go back over the hose and check for where the kink is. That’s what reflexology does to our body, it finds that kink and allows the water to flow at full pressure.
How is maternity reflexology administered?
We’ll sit you in a reclining chair. If you’re unable to lie flat due to risk of supine hypertension, that’s fine. We’ll bolster you to one side with a specialist cushion to tilt you over to your left side. This eases the pressure on your blood vessels.
Then your qualified maternity reflexologist will apply pressure using specific thumb and finger techniques against acupressure points which date back 5000 years. Each reflexology point is within a zone. The most popular area for pregnancy is your ankles, but there are others that link to balancing your hormones, keeping your intestines regular and so on. It also depends on how far into your pregnancy you are.
Your reflexologist's professional training and certification
In terms of training, Karen, your therapist has been practising maternity reflexology with pregnant ladies and their maternity care for years. She is an MAR reflexologist which means that she is a member of the AoR (Association of Reflexologist’s) and is trained to the highest standards. She’s done training in standard reflexology then cpd thereon in to qualify her in advanced maternity care and works on pregnant women with regular reflexology on a full time basis.
How does maternity reflexology benefit me as a pregnant woman and her child?
There are a multitude of different ways that your maternity reflexologist can use pregnancy reflexology to help your period of maternity. However, we’ve listed a few below:
*stimulates vital organs
*encourages your body to heal naturally
In so doing, we’re asking your mind, body and soul to link up. This effectively balances your system so that you and your baby get through your pregnancy with minimal complications.
Whilst maternity reflexology is a wonderful therapy, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t get reflexology throughout your pregnancy
*Deep vein thrombosis
*Imminent medical tests/ procedures unrelated to the actual pregnancy
*Severe cases of cellulitis
*Contagious or notifiable diseases
To book your maternity reflexology session, please use the online booking form below. If you would like to book your appointment for within the next 24 hours, please text Karen on 07757 946023.