Reflexology to support conception
Reflexology is based on the belief that specific areas in your feet and hands (called reflex points) link to your organs and to other parts of your body. Putting pressure on these reflex points is said to stimulate or restore the flow of energy within your body. This, it's claimed, ensures you are in the best possible health to become pregnant.
Reflexology is relaxing and calming. Research shows that it may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, relieve tiredness and help you to sleep better. There is also evidence that reflexology can have a positive effect on your quality of life and reduce stress and anxiety. This could be helpful when you’re trying to get pregnant, as stress and anxiety may make it harder to conceive.
Women usually have several reflexology sessions over a number of weeks. The aim is not only to help you relax and reduce stress, but also to regulate your periods and ovulation.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy. This means it complements conventional medicine and could work alongside any medical treatments you’re having. If you're having fertility treatment, you may wish to try reflexology alongside this.
Pre/Post Natal Reflexology
Maternity reflexology (one of my favourite treatments) 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. 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 first time mums.
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 alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore your body’s equilibrium.
Potential benefits of Pre/Post Natal Reflexology
Heartburn and acid reflux
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
Shorter and natural onset of labour