Six years ago I was a first-time pregnant mum and, although I had observed women having positive experiences of complementary therapies in my work as a midwife, I had not used any myself in my own pregnancy. As my estimated due date came and went and my anxiety levels were hitting the roof (I had recently moved house and was living on a chaotic building site) I was in desperate need of relaxation and time out. A colleague suggested I try some maternity reflexology.
A few days later I went along for my first treatment. The nurturing touch, the friendly listening ear and the complete feeling of peace was utter bliss. I left feeling like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders. After a chilled out evening I went to bed worry free for the first time in weeks. That night my waters broke and by the following morning I was holding my little boy.
I am not alone. We now know that 57% of pregnant women use therapies such as massage, relaxation and yoga during pregnancy. As a midwife I can see how taking time out during pregnancy and tuning into your unborn baby is vitally important physically, mentally and emotionally. Relaxation also has benefits for babies, as we know that babies benefit from the feel good hormones that are released when pregnant women take time to relax deeply.
Reflexology is not a new therapy, in fact it is over 5000 years old, and has been shown to promote relaxation and encourage the body’s natural healing processes. Reflex zone therapy is specifically used in pregnancy and can treat a number of pregnancy complaints from morning sickness to pelvic girdle pain. It is often used to promote relaxation and encourage the hormones of birth that initiate and speed up labour. Many local hospitals now offer reflex zone therapy to women in late pregnancy.
Clearly reflexology had a profound effect on me both personally and professionally. Now, as a qualified practitioner of reflex zone therapy I can offer women this fantastic treatment and feel I can make a huge difference to women’s experiences of pregnancy, labour and birth.
Lucy offers one to one reflex zone therapy to pregnant women from the comfort of their own homes. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.