Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex points on the feet (or hands) to bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate the body’s own healing process, and help a person return to a state of equilibrium and well-being. It’s holistic complementary therapy that aims to release blockages and enhance the flow of energy within your system by working through body zones (rather like the meridians an acupuncturist or shiatsu practitioner operates on).
It has origins in Ancient Egypt, China, Japan and India. Reflexology can offer comfort, pain and anxiety relief, stimulation of body systems eg the immune and digestive systems, and balance for the mind, body, emotions and soul. Most men and women find reflexology an enormously comforting and nurturing therapy. Maternity Reflexology can be implemented as pre-conceptual maintenance, and care during and beyond pregnancy. The fact that lots of midwives now incorporate reflexology in their clinic speaks for its effectiveness.
These phases of life bring their own particular challenges, and regular reflexology can help maintain balance and well-being whilst handling related conditions and ailments. One of the significant benefits of reflexology is balancing of the endocrine system – the set of glands that produce the body’s hormones (chemical messengers). Hormones play an integral role in pregnancy and fertility.
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For couples hoping to conceive, it’s desirable to treat both partners to balance and relax them, and get them into an optimum condition for conception. In addition to requiring healthy sperm and ova, there’s a need for psychological and emotional preparation, as pregnancy can be a rollercoaster for both spouses. Creating another man or woman is a hugely significant undertaking, thus it’s ideal to be well prepared. The couple will want a fantastic look at their lifestyle concerning sleep, sleep, stress levels, exercise, smoking, drinking and so forth.
Reflexology has a fantastic standing with assisting couple to conceive, because of its balancing effects. Pregnancy brings several significant modifications to the couple, rather than just physical ones. Things that appeared to work just fine before do not seem to work any more! Reflexology can bring balance and stability when it feels as if your world was turned on its head. You might find you are suddenly constipated and bloated, or becoming acid reflux, or that you burst into tears when you are taking a look at baked beans in Sainsbury’s.
You might find all kinds of strange aches and pains that arise from nowhere. It goes without saying that you need to seek medical care for serious complications of pregnancy. Working with maternity reflexology has shown me how it enhances health and wellbeing as well as developing a wonderful caring environment for the mom and Incoming Soul (a beautiful term coined by Susanne Enzer, maternity reflexologist).
I like seeing how busy the unborn infants become when their mom is treated and spotting bottoms, heads, feet and other various bits of infant zooming around within the limits of the bump! In a post term scenario and with the consent of the obstetric caregiver and client, a proficient reflexology can help prime labour. Many post term women that are experiencing a problem free pregnancy react well to this, although ultimately the baby decides when it’s ready to come. Not even medical induction is sure to succeed, and it is the same.
Reflexologists may attend births to help their client with pain management, comfort, and emotional and mental support. Your reflexologist can be at hand during the post natal period to assist the mother, father and toddlers. A weekly session can assist the mother in particular to correct after giving birth, and she is able to hold and feed her infant comfortably during treatment. Reflexology may encourage lactation and assist with breast tenderness or mastitis, and will help the body return to normal function after delivery. It may also help the new parents create the emotional and psychological adjustments to parenthood.
Finally, the newborn baby may benefit from reflexology also. Playing with your baby’s feet and feet is a excellent method of bonding with her or him. Did you know that’This Little Piggy’ is a variant of a potent reflexology balancing technique? You can play until your baby goes to bed, at bath time or maybe when you are winding them after a feed. Find a time that is suitable for the two of you. A reflexologist can show you a few easy, comforting moves to aid with any problems your baby is having, such as colicky stomach, constipation, poor feeding or distress.