Reflexology before, during and after the pregnancy
The first evidence of healing foot massage can be found in ancient Egypt and China drawings but Reflexology as we know it now is relatively new therapy that became very popular at the middle of 20th century. There are many clinical trials and studies done to prove undeniable reflexology benefits to our health. It can be done on people of all ages and there are only few health conditions when reflexology as a therapy cannot be applied. Reflexology is natural, non invasive healing therapy, that uses pressure points on the feet, hands, face and ears , by applying specific pressure on specific pressure points it is possible to elevate tension, promote relaxation, manipulate other body parts, organs and systems.
Reflexology is particularly beneficial while trying to conceive, during the pregnancy and afterwards to aid quicker recovery after giving a birth.
Its amazing how therapist can actually see and feel growing baby on the feet, first as a little tadpole and then pregnant lady can see herself growing bulge on the inner side of the foot just above the ankle. Most of maternity reflexologist do not treat ladies in their first trimester of the pregnancy, juts because its high risk time for miscarriage and reflexologist do not want in any way for mom to be think that treatments may have contributed in some way should the pregnancy end during this time. The best thing is to wait till the pregnancy is well established and passed 3 month to enjoy reflexology relaxation. Research has shown that women who had reflexology treatments during the pregnancy are more likely to give birth at full term and have shorter labour, and most of my existing clients report to have calm and happy babies, as treatments during the pregnancy directly effects baby as well. These are other known benefits or reflexology treatments :
However if you have any of the following conditions reflexology must be avoided : preeclampsia, vein thrombosis or placenta previa after 32 weeks as it can make it worst. And area between the ankle and heel should be avoided by any other therapist, during pedicure or by anyone else during all pregnancy for any length of time.
After having a baby reflexology treatments can assist in recovering after giving birth psychically and emotionally, and reflexologist and show you specific pressure points that can be used on your baby to promote relaxation and reduce discomfort in any gastric problems.
Other benefits of reflexology