Subclinical infertility can be a complex and stressful situation for any couple who are trying to conceive. Excess stress, anxiety and worry can be significant contributory factors effecting the ability to conceive. Nutritional imbalances can also play a significant role and this can often be present in conjunction with stress and anxiety. One of the main benefits of Reflexology is its deeply relaxing nature. Deep relaxation alleviates stress and tension and allows the physical body to return to optimum functioning and health. Reflexology also balances the endocrine system and helps produce normal glandular functioning. A typical treatment plan focuses on supporting you through a course of Reflexology treatments, alongside relaxation techniques, nutritional and lifestyle advice, and the use of aromatherapy essential oils. Deep relaxation with a strong emphasis on optimum health and balance are core to these treatments.
Reflexology is extremely beneficial to use as an holistic therapy during pregnancy and labour. It will not interfere with the viability of the pregnancy but some clients may prefer to wait until after the twelfth week to begin treatments.
Reflexology helps to realign energies throughout the whole process of pregnancy, promote relaxation, and bring about balance at a physical, emotional and mental level. The focus centres on the woman’s own self-regulating and self-healing capacities. The length of labour can be very much reduced by having regular Reflexology treatments in the weeks prior to the expected delivery date.
A treatment plan is built around each individual woman’s needs and requirements throughout the course of her pregnancy and for the preparation of labour. In conjunction with this treatments focus on the prevention of conditions that can arise in pregnancy alongside treating any that do.
Pregnancy Reflexology Packages include a course of Reflexology treatments; nutritional support throughout pregnancy; relaxation, breathwork and preparation for labour, aromatherapy for labour and post-natal recovery; and additional advice and tips. (Please see Therapies page for further information).
Reflexology has demonstrated to be beneficial with the following conditions in pregnancy:
•Reducing morning sickness, heartburn, nausea and vomiting.*
•Blood pressure regulation (except in cases of pre-ecclampsia and ecclampsia)
•Oedema (non pathological)
•Muscular fatigue and tensions
•Improve pelvic floor flexibility
•Changes in appetite
•Constipation or any change in bowel movement and pattern
•Anxiety and Insomnia
•Urinary tract problems
•Symphisis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD)
*Recommended by the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street for this.
Healthy recovery in post partum is essential for the new mother. The process of pregnancy, labour and the birth will have placed additional demands and stresses on a woman’s body. After labour the body rapidly begins to recover its own shape and physiology. Reflexology can be hugely beneficial at this time assisting with recovery and healing as well as revitalising and toning up parts of the body that were directly involved in pregnancy and the birth process.
A woman may experience a mixture of emotions after the process of labour in addition to making the adjustment in her new role as a mother. Interrupted sleep patterns alongside the demands involved in taking care of a new-born all impact on a woman's energy and emotional levels. There will also be significant hormonal shifts as a woman’s body begins to return to its non-pregnant state.
Reflexology helps rebalance and revitalise the whole body and its systems, and assists the body’s return to its regular metabolism. Reflexology treatments provide a relaxing, nurturing and healing space for mum to take some much needed time out to take care of herself.
For women who are breast-feeding Reflexology can help with the additional energy loss associated with this. Treatments will also aid with milk flow and minimising soreness.
The relaxing, nurturing and restorative aspects of Reflexology can assist mother and baby with the bonding process while also helping to provide a smoother and supportive transition into her role as a mother.
Aromatherapy oils are specifically blended for you at this time and used as part of a post-natal Reflexology treatment to facilitate the healing process, recovery and transition into motherhood. Homecare advice and recommendations tailored to your needs are also provided to offer additional support.
Examples of how Reflexology can help in the Postnatal Process:
•General postnatal care
•After forceps delivery
•After caesarean section
•After Epidural anaesthesia
•Breast engorgement, breast mastitis
•Help with lactation
•Perineal pain due to painful episiotomy