No matter how excited you are to be pregnant there may well be times during your pregnancy that you need some extra support. Maternity Reflexology is a complementary therapy that many pregnant ladies are having regularly to help with their wellbeing during this time. Pregnant women can suffer from many common pregnancy symptoms such as sickness, heartburn, anxiety, lower back pain etc as well as emotional issues that can arise with fluctuating hormones and worries of parenthood and all that encompasses. Reflexology treatments during this time will aim to optimise your physical and emotional health.
Maternity Reflexology is a therapy many women choose throughout their pregnancy and postnatally. Not only does it give them some ‘me time’ away from the stresses of ‘work’, being ‘mum’ and the general ‘busyness’ of life - it can also have a beneficial effect on aiding relaxation, reducing anxiety, improving sleep as well as helping to alleviate some of the common symptoms of pregnancy such as heartburn, lower back pain, constipation, depression, sickness etc.
At your first appointment I complete a comprehensive Consultation Form making sure I am fully aware of your pregnancy so far and any symptoms or emotional issues you may be struggling with so that I can tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs at that time. A shorter Consultation Form will be completed before follow-up treatments so that I am aware of any changes in your pregnancy or symptoms so that you benefit from a bespoke treatment.
Here at Forget Me Not Reflexology I use ‘Flying Wild Mandarin Reflexology Balm’ for my maternity clients which not only smells gorgeous, moisturises and conditions your feet, it is also completely safe to use throughout the whole of your pregnancy.
I undertook my Maternity Reflexology training with Sally Earlam who is the Head of Training and Education at the Association of Reflexology (AoR) and I successfully passed my case study element.
Conception and Fertility
Reflexology can help both partners when trying to conceive as it helps you to relax, improves mood, aids sleep, helps relieve tension and stress and improves a sense of wellbeing
Stress is a complex condition which affects almost all of the systems in the body in some way and there is some evidence to suggest that it can affect fertility too. Cortisol is a hormone (‘fight or flight’) released when we are stressed which has the effect of reducing the production of the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and the luteinising hormone (LH) which are vital for the release of an egg and implantation of the embryo. The body also deals with long term stress in both men and women by directing the blood to the organs directly concerned with the ‘fight or flight’ and thus restricting blood flow to the reproductive system which can lead to it malfunctioning. Reflexology can help to significantly reduce stress and thus help in rebalancing the ‘fight or flight’ hormones and the blood flow to all the organs of the body.
Reflexology can also be given up to and even during nearly all of an IVF treatment to help ease any anxiety and worry that may occur during this precious but sometimes stressful time.
Adaptive Reflexology for Cancer Care
When a person is diagnosed with cancer and undergoes the subsequent treatments they can experience many emotions and symptoms including stress, mild to moderate depression, fear, worry and anxiety induced nausea. Adapted Reflexology for Hospice and Cancer Care is a Reflexology treatment that can have beneficial effects to help relieve pain, reduce anxiety, help with sleep and thus reduce anxiety caused nausea. It also helps to assist in alleviating peripheral neuropathy which is a common and very unpleasant side effect of chemotherapy.
I undertook this Adapted Reflexology for Hospice and Cancer Care Course at the Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester where they have been using Reflexology with their cancer patients for the last 20 years. It is a profoundly relaxing treatment using the lightest and slowest of touch but has an amazing impact on the body.
It can be used during all stages of cancer, even whilst receiving treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Here at Forget Me Not Reflexology I use grapeseed oil for my treatments as it is so mild on sensitive skin but very nourishing for dry sore skin.