What Is Reflexology?
A therapy based on the theory that areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body. Reflexology is used to treat symptoms in many parts of your body by using fingertip pressure on specific areas on your feet primarily, and sometimes on your hands as well. The idea is that this pressure allows blocked energy to flow freely, which increases blood flow to the corresponding part of your body and an uptick in the removal of toxic wastes. (Oh, and it feels good, too!)
How Can Reflexology Help During Pregnancy?
Reflexology is often used to soothe the aches and pains in your back and joints that are taking a beating from your growing bump. But that’s not all. Reflexology can also give you relief from some of your most persistent and wide-ranging woes. These may include morning sickness, heartburn, swelling in your legs (if not due to Pre-eclampsia), constipation, high blood pressure (again, as long as it appears without the other symptoms of pre-eclampsia), insomnia, bladder problems, mild cramping, and even haemorrhoids. In addition, reflexology may reduce emotional stresses, such as depression and anxiety. Reflexology may even be helpful after you give birth — some studies show it stimulates milk production.
I received reflexology throughout my pregnancy, more frequently in the last 4 weeks and I found it was of huge benefit to me personally helping with my energy levels, my anxiety towards the end and also Daniel (my now 1 1/2 year old) loved it kicking away throughout each treatment! I would highly recommend it for both physical and emotional aspects.
Some contra-indications to Reflexology in pregnancy:
* Placental separation
* Unstable diabetes
* Unexplained Bleeding
* Blood Clots
Pregnant mothers are reassured to hear that some of the maternity hospitals are promoting reflexology. National Maternity hospital, Holles Street, Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda and MLU in Cavan are promoting Reflexology.