Maternity Reflexology

Maternity Reflexology is a branch of reflexology specifically aimed at women (and, men during pre-conception) during; pre-conception/fertility; pregnancy; labour and the post-natal period.

Fertility

Reflexology can help with both physical and emotional blockages to help boost fertility potential in men and women including: polycystic ovary Syndrome (PCOS); endometriosis, low sperm count. It can also help prepare the body and mind for IVF treatments.

Pregnancy

Author and obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha has explored alternatives to conventional obstetric practice for more than 20 years and has worked with many famous clients. In her book The Gentle Birth Method (1), she says reflexology is ‘one of the most powerful tools in my programme.’

She lists some of the ways reflexology can help during pregnancy:

  • eliminate oedema and reduce swelling in the feet and ankles
  • prevent heartburn
  • reduce and normalize high blood pressure
  • improve sleep quality
  • clear headaches
  • relieve varicose veins
  • clear pelvic congestion
  • improve lymphatic drainage
  • aids digestion
  • oxygenate the baby by improving blood flow within your whole body, your uterus and placenta
  • can be used to initiate labour if you are overdue, thereby reducing the need for medical induction in hospital

 (1)  Dr. Gowri Motha,‎ Karen Swan MacLeod, The Gentle Birth Method: The Month-by-month Jeyarani Way Programme, Thorsons, (2004).

Post-natal

Reflexology can help to alleviate many post-natal problems including:

  • breastfeeding – inadequate lactation and mastitis
  • urine retention
  • backache
  • stress and anxiety
  • post natal depression
  • sleep problems