As a registered Therapeutic Reflexologist specialising in maternity, a birth Doula and Infant Massage Instructor, I am passionately dedicated to helping women achieve and maintain health and wellness using reflexology, lifestyle and good nutritional advise, which will support them through-out their pregnancy and beyond.
Reflexology for Inducing Labour
Reflexology is a wonderful, non-chemical therapy that assists in inducing labour and strengthens contractions naturally and gently, if the body is ready. It stimulates your hormone producing glands as well as the reproductive organs, encouraging activity in these areas. But not only does it stimulate these functional glands and organs, it also assists in relaxing and calming anxiety and fear, the two emotions that are contra-indicative of going into labour. Reflexology flushes out the excess stress hormones allowing then, the free flow of oxytocin, our labour inducing hormone.
Many changes take place in your body during pregnancy, on multiple levels; hormonal, emotional, physiological and metabolic. These changes ensure that you and your unborn baby receive adequate nutrition and oxygen, that the pregnancy is sustained by your body and that toxins are effectively eliminated. These changes are often accompanied by a wide range of unwelcome symptoms. In addition to offering numerous benefits during pregnancy, reflexology can provide much relief from these symptoms.
Following the birth of your baby, reflexology is the ultimate nurturing tool to help you find yourself again. Tremendous changes have taken place, physically and emotionally, over the last 40 weeks and you may well feel overwhelmed and anxious. Together with little or no sleep, the extreme hormonal changes that take place in your body may lead to “baby blues” or even postnatal depression.
Reflexology provides that much needed time for relaxation, calmness, self-nurturing and gentle support to get you through those first few weeks of being a new mother, while assisting your body to re-balance