Maternity Reflexology is a popular choice of treatment for moms to be. As with anything we do during pregnancy it comes with it’s own list of questions. Here are some of the most common questions I get asked.
What are the health benefits of Maternity Reflexology?
- Help to reduce morning sickness, all day sickness and vomiting.
- Helps to relieve digestive issues such as; heartburn, indigestion, constipation and haemorrhoids.
- Helps with low back pain, labour sciatica and sympysis pubis diastasis (SPD).
- Helps to prepare the body for labour by balancing the body systems, especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.
- During labour Reflexology can be used to boost energy levels and encourage relaxation during contractions.
- It can help with pain control by stimulating the production of endorphines (the body’s happy hormones).
- Can reduce the length of labour with regular treatments, aim for 10 treatments during pregnancy.
- Using reflexology after labour can promote healing of episiotomies, encourage breast milk production and can help relieve urinary retention, along with relaxation and time for mom.
When can I start receiving maternity Reflexology?
Reflexology can begin at any stage during pregnancy. It is a perfectly safe and a non invasive treatment to use as long as the pregnancy is stable and healthy.
Some client’s may decide to wait until they had their dating scan to begin Reflexology. I would always advise clients to only come for a treatment if they are feeling comfortable to do so.
Normally as a precaution, reflexologists will avoid working on the reproductive system reflexes for the first 3 months of the pregnancy. These are found to the inside and outside of your ankles. During the first trimester, treatments will be gentle in touch with a focus on relaxation. It’s important to let your reflexologist know if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant.
When would you not recommend Reflexology during pregnancy?
There are a small number of pregnancy related conditions where we would not recommend using reflexology. These include;
- Unstable pregnancy
- Circulatory problems, e.g. blot clots, deep vein thrombosis
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Incompetent cervix
If you are in doubt about whether you should use reflexology during pregnancy, consult with Anita prior to treatment or talk with your G.P or consultant.
How often should I attend for a Maternity Reflexology treatment?
This is down to you, how you are feeling, your schedule and your budget. It really is client specific throughout the pregnancy.
Receiving regular reflexology treatments will allow you to deepen your relaxation and focus and help you prepare for labour.
First trimester: I would recommend as often as you feel necessary. Some client’s receive weekly treatments to help with morning sickness and tiredness, others come every fortnight for stress or anxiety issues and some client’s prefer to wait until they have had their dating scan to confirm all is ok.
Second and third trimester: I would suggest initially once a month depending on how you are feeling and how baby is doing. For example, a treatment on weeks 12, 16, 20, 24. From week 24 increase your treatments to every second week from the 24th week, for example a treatment on weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36. Once you reach full term at 37 weeks increase your treatments to every week, for example treatments on weeks 37, 38, 39, 40 (41 and 42 if needed).
After birth: Whether you have had treatments prior to birth or not, reflexology can be a great tool in helping your body to harmonise and balance back to its normal state. Reflexology after birth can help reduce stress, anxiety, improve milk supply, rebalance hormones and provide an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Can Reflexology start my labour?
This is possibly the most asked questions from mum’s to be. A blog post on this very topic is here. In short, the answer is I can’t induce or bring on your labour. As a reflexologist my job is to bring about a state of balance and relaxation to mom and honour the innate wisdom we carry, labour will start when baby is ready.
I believe, the initiation of labour is very much a hormonal response between mom and baby, and the phrase “when time comes, baby comes” I feel is worth thinking about. HOWEVER, that being said, there are still many benefits to receiving Reflexology right up to when labour starts and indeed during labour.
Reflexology can definitely help mom towards the end of pregnancy, by relieving tension, tiredness, aches and pains along with any fears and anxiety she may have.
Providing reflexology in a relaxing, soothing environment also allows mom some time to relax, indulge in some me time and help get the oxytocin hormones flowing, and encouraging the cortisol (stress) hormones down, the balance between these two hormones plays a big part in labour.
Allowing mom some time to herself and prepare for the impending arrival can have great benefits on your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Can you come to my house for a Reflexology Treatment?
Yes, towards the end of pregnancy and indeed after you have had your baby you might find it more beneficial to avail of reflexology in the comfort of your own home.
Treatment Cost (This remains the same for home visits)
All Reflexology treatments are €45.00, and usually take 45 – 60 minutes. Your inital treatment will include a full consultation and usually takes 1hr 30 minutes.
Can I submit the cost of my Reflexology treatments to my Health Insurance?
Yes, Anita is a registered Reflexologist and member with the National Register of Reflexologist Ireland (NRRI). Members of the NRRI are approved by The following health Insurance Companies; VHI Healthcare, Irish Life Health, LAYA Healthcare and GLO Health.
If you are in doubt as to whether reflexology is covered under your individual healthcare plan, check directly with your healthcare provider.
For any further questions or to make an appointment for a consultation and or treatment you can contact Anita on 087-1917907.