Our bodies are well equipped with self-healing mechanisms, but if these fail to work for us
properly, it could be because the vital energy pathways have become blocked due to the
stresses and strains of life.

Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing skill that uses pressure points on the feet,
hands and ears to balance out other parts of the body, it has been practised for over 5000
years. These pressure points are associated with particular organs, glands, and other parts
of the 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. Reflexology aims to
relieve tensions, promote relaxation and break up forms of stress. It can be very beneficial
in pregnancy, however its good to check that your practitioner has a recognised
qualification. To help find a registered practitioners click here 

Reflexology is very safe, but many practitioners will not perform techniques on a pregnant
woman during the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy, although there is not a lot of evidence to
say that it is harmful in these gestations either. Some reflexologists work with women to
relieve symptoms such as morning sickness.

The physical, emotional, and mental changes of pregnancy can be overpowering for some
women. Reflexology in pregnancy can be effective in treating the following common
ailments many women face during various stages of pregnancy:

  • Morning sickness
  • Lack of energy
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Digestive ailments
  • Heartburn/indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen feet
  • Backache
  • Cramps
  • Incontinence
  • Inducing labour

Having reflexology towards the end of your pregnancy, may not start labour but what it can do is help to make sure that your body is in the best possible state for labour to start. This is why, if you are thinking of having reflexology towards the end of your pregnancy its good to start it a few weeks before your 40th week of pregnancy. This way you can help your body to prepare for labour earlier on. Ask us about booking a Reflexology Session at The Real Birth Studio