Pregnancy is an awe-inspiring and exciting time for a woman. However, for some women it is also a very difficult time with many changes to their bodies, new hormones and anxiety regarding labour and significant life change.
With careful use, Reflexology is a natural gentle therapy that is wonderful to use during pregnancy, throughout labour and in the months following birth.
It may enhance the feelings of well-being and complements standard and essential antenatal and postnatal care.
Becoming a Mother herself in 2010, Anna has first hand experience of pregnancy. She holds a diploma in Maternity Reflexology and regularly works with pregnant women throughout all stages of pregnancy.
Is Reflexology safe for my baby and me?
Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy and is generally considered safe in pregnancy provided all is well (low risk pregnancy) and your Reflexologist knows you are pregnant and is experienced in treating pregnant women.
There are some contra-indications to treating during pregnancy, please discuss any concerns you might have prior to booking your treatment.
Can Reflexology be used to bring on labour?
There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that Reflexology can help to bring on labour, providing both mother and baby are ready.
It is always recommended that clients who wish to use Reflexology for this purpose begin their Reflexology sessions at least 6 weeks prior to their estimated due date (at around 34 weeks) although this is not essential.
After an estimated due date, techniques may be used which incorporate acupressure points. The focus of the treatment is on stimulation and a firmer pressure is used on relevant points on the feet.
Unfortunately there are no guarantees but at a time that can feel slow and frustrating, some women like to feel that they are doing something proactive and also enjoy putting their feet up!
"I have had treatments from Anna throughout my first pregnancy, post pregnancy and now through my current pregnancy. Anna's monthly Reflexology sessions provide a much needed opportunity to relax, have some 'me' time (I work part time, as well as look after my toddler son) and I've found the sessions to be a great stress reliever. I always feel fantastic after a treatment, calm, refreshed and rejuvenated. Anna has a really lovely manner that puts you at ease and is clearly very knowledgeable about her subject. Anna starts each session by doing a pre-treatment consultation to identify areas of the body that need work/attention through the feet, and I always feel I'm getting a treatment that's very focused on my individual needs. Having seen a number of Reflexologists over the years, I've realised that every Reflexologist has their own way of providing treatments, and it’s very important to find someone that you feel totally confident and happy with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Anna to anyone thinking of trying Reflexology. She is great."
A.W. - Walthamstow, London