Reflexology is much more than a lovely foot massage. It’s based on the belief that your feet represent a map of your body – with pressure points on your feet linking to organs and tissues across your body. For example, the big toe on your left foot represents the left side of your head, and a point around the ball of your right foot represents your right lung! By pressing on key areas, reflexology is thought to trigger a healing process, working on energy pathways .
How can it help?
Many mums-to-be find reflexology helps a range of symptoms, from aches and pains and swollen ankles, to tiredness and anxiety.
First the reflexologist will ask about your health and pregnancy so they can adapt the session to tackle your symptoms. They’ll then use their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to your feet or hands. A foot rub sounds glorious, but actually the pressure can be uncomfortable. That said, it shouldn’t hurt – so do say if it’s painful. The good news is, most mums-to-be say reflexology feels relaxing and soothing.
Your practitioner may also show you pressure points on your hands or feet (if you can reach!), so you can treat yourself after the session.
Is it safe?
Yes, but always check with your midwife before having treatment, and make sure you see a qualified therapist who’s used to treating mums-to-be.
How much does it cost?
Costs £40 for a 60-minute treatment.
How is reflexology helpful to women trying for a baby?
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that uses pressure points on the feet and hands to balance out other parts of the body. It aims to alleviate tensions and promote relaxation and can be beneficial for pregnancy or indeed, couples trying for a baby.
The Association of Reflexologists gathers feedback from their members, and it indicates that over 50% of clients seeking reflexology in connection with conception find themselves pregnant within six months. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule and very difficult to quantify, but many benefits have been reported and my own experience is good. The advantage of a reflexology treatment is that fertility issues won’t be treated in isolation. Instead, the overall health of the whole person is addressed during the treatment, which allows for hormones to be balanced and stress levels to be tackled too. For maximum effect, a reflexologist might recommend that the dad-to-be receive treatment too – after all, there’s two people involved with making a baby!
Does it have any other particular benefits for women?
Yes, there’s very little that can’t be addressed in a reflexology treatment, as the aim is to bring about balance and wellness in the whole person. For this reason, practitioners might find that clients report improvements in areas that they didn’t come to be treated for.£40 60 mins Book Now