Since 2008 when I established my practice I feel privileged I have been able to support numerous expectant mums throughout pregnancy, via maternity reflexology, as they prepare for birth. It is a wonderful journey to be part of and it’s so exciting when a client makes contact to share the news of their arrival.
Whilst you consider whether you would like to receive maternity reflexology, I have detailed some information for you below.
What is Maternity Reflexology?
It is an area of reflexology aimed specifically at women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and the post-natal periods.
Why do clients have Maternity Reflexology?
For many of my clients they choose to have maternity reflexology, to relax and unwind in a secure space before the little one arrives. Some clients may feel anxious or worried and my treatment helps them to relax and release some of the stress and tension they may feel.
Can Maternity Reflexology shorten the duration of labour?
Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can shorten the duration of labour, with subjects often requiring less pain-relief during the course of delivery.
A research study has shown reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour and reduced the length of the first stage (Valiani M et al – 2010 “Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women” Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310)
An earlier study showed first-time mums who received 10 reflexology treatments prior to birth had average labour times of five to six hours. It was noted the group treated with reflexology needed far less pain relief during labour too. (G. Motha and J. McGrath – 1992 “The effects of reflexology on labour outcome”).
What qualifications do you have?
- International Institute of Reflexology Diploma
- Enhancing Fertility and Maternity Care through Reflexology. Accredited by the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) via Jubilee College, taught by David Wayte who is a Fellow of the AoR and the only reflexologist in the UK to be made a member of the Royal Society of Medicine
Membership of Professional Organisations
I am a member of the following organisations:
Membership of these bodies ensures I have to work to a strict code of conduct and am committed to continuing professional development.
I am pregnant – what happens before a treatment?
As an experienced maternity reflexologist I work in a complementary way alongside the skilled work of your midwife (your chief healthcare provider during pregnancy) and will ask you to obtain permission before reflexology treatments commence.
If a treatment is suitable to go-ahead I will ask you to complete an online well-being consultation form before your first appointment. This will help me to tailor the treatment for your individual needs.
How do I choose a Maternity Reflexologist?
If you would like to experience maternity reflexology for yourself, please ensure the reflexologist you choose has undergone specialist maternity reflexology training to effectively and safely carry out treatments during pregnancy.
what happens during a maternity reflexology treatment
When you arrive to the treatment room for your first appointment we will discuss your aims for the session and I can answer any questions you may have. You will also be asked to complete a data protection form.
You will remove your shoes and socks, and be made comfortable on the relaxing couch, with an option of a cosy blanket. I will apply a beautiful organic maternity foot balm to your feet produced by Flying Wild – and you will start to feel the stresses of the day slip away! At this point, I will then carry out a short breathing exercise with you, which really encourages the mind and body to unwind. Many of my clients go on to use this exercise during their labour to help them relax if they are feeling nervous. Pressure will then be applied to the reflex points on the feet, as you unwind.
Many clients do like to be peaceful during the treatment and some do like to talk. I will always take your lead on this, it is your session and I want you to get the best possible outcome during it. It is also not uncommon for clients to fall asleep; this is completely normal and a wonderful way for mum-to-be to rest.
After I have worked the various reflex points, I will then massage the feet with the beautiful balm and wrap the feet to end – bliss!
You will have time following the treatment to ask any questions about your session.
Reflexology is a truly relaxing and supportive treatment during a pregnancy, and many of my ladies leave the treatment room feeling refreshed and relaxed.
If you would like to try maternity reflexology for yourself head to Book Now for price details, location and how to book. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the treatment please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07910 120 929.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maternity reflexology is a wonderful complementary treatment for pregnant clients and is not a substitute for medical and obstetric care. If you are concerned about your health, please always consult your GP and Midwife first.
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General Data Protection
General Data Protection (GDPR) is new legal protection for personal information from May 2018.
If you provide any sensitive medical/health information to me via email, text, phone conversation or social media messenger services, I will only hold and use this if we proceed to treatment, at which time I will require explicit consent from you to hold this data. If we do not proceed to treatment I will securely destroy all information sent.
All maternity reflexology and reflexology clients will be required to read and sign a Privacy Notice under the new GDPR guidelines. This notice will be issued at your treatment.
The Purpose of Processing Client Data
In order to give professional maternity reflexology and reflexology treatments, I will need to gather and retain information about your health and well-being. I will only use this information for informing reflexology treatments and associated recommendations concerning aspects of health and well-being. This will be discussed in full at an appointment.
If you have any questions regarding your information or GDPR please email firstname.lastname@example.org