One of the other therapies I offer is Maternity Reflexology, and for those that don’t know what Reflexology is, it’s a wonderfully relaxing treatment of the feet, where I work on specific points on the foot to enable your body to balance itself.
What is so special about it is that when you have reached your due date, it can help prime you for labour, and to help encourage labour to start naturally, instead of being induced, where studies have been shown that artificial induction¹ can increase your chance of having further intervention such as a caesarian section.
Priming for Labour
So how does Reflexology help? Well, as already stated there are specific points on the foot such as the uterus and Pituitary that I would stimulate strongly to help encourage the body to naturally prepare for labour.
The Pituitary is a good point to start as it’s the part of the brain that produces the hormone Oxytocin, and this love hormone is what helps the uterus to contract. I will then strongly stimulate the uterus to respond to the increase of Oxytocin.
Although I work strongly on these points, don’t worry, you will still get a relaxing treatment as lots of calming techniques will be used, and most of my clients fall into a lovely slumber and feel like they have had a good nights sleep after the treatment.
Although there are no guarantees that priming for labour techniques will get things moving, as with any other medical intervention or therapy, but I have seen good results with using these methods to help the onset of labour.
For best results and to get a cumulative effect from the Reflexology I recommend between 1 -3 sessions around your due date.
If you are interested in finding out more about priming for labour using Reflexology or to book an appointment please either contact me by email or telephone 07900-278253