Mother and Baby

 

Pregnancy and Post-Natal Reflexology
During pregnancy your body changes significantly to accommodate your baby and to nurture and protect it. You may experience all sorts of side effects ranging from morning sickness to difficulty sleeping at night. Reflexology is a gentle and effective treatment that may help reduce and relieve the side effects of pregnancy. Gentle pressure is applied to points on your feet. So all you have to do is sit back and relax.

 

Reflexology also reduces any stress or tension you may be experiencing on top of pregnancy related symptoms. By calming your mind and body, you will also be calming and relaxing the baby inside you. They will benefit from the treatment too.

 

Reflexology may be able to help with:
Aiding sleep 1
Improve mood
Relaxation
Ankle and leg swelling 2

Lower back pain 3

Constipation 4

Reflexology may reduce pain and the length of stage 1 during labour. 5

 

Post-natal Reflexology
After your baby is born your body goes through many changes. From breast milk coming in, the womb shrinking and the healing of any cuts of surgery. Reflexology is ideal for post-natal recovery as it is very gentle and non-invasive nature. Reflexology can aid your body with its natural healing process and you can have the treatment whilst cuddling your baby.

 

Post-natal reflexology may be able to help with:
Sleep 6
General wellbeing
Back ache 7
Constipation 8

 

Baby and Toddler Reflexology
Reflexology is great for little ones as they can sit on their parent or carer’s lap and feel safe and secure. The reflexology is given with the lightest touch so does not cause any discomfort. Even though it is so gentle it can still have a powerful impact. I can travel to you.

 

Baby/toddler reflexology may help with:
Overall calm and relaxation
Sleep 9
Constipation 10

 

Baby Massage
I teach baby massage one to one or in small groups (up to 4). The course lasts 4 sessions and each session is an hour. The sessions give you space for you to talk about any concerns/questions you may have as well as the baby massage routine. I can teach you in your home so your baby is in a safe and known environment – and you don’t have to worry about traveling. Baby massage is a wonderful technique for the father/partner to learn too, especially in the first weeks when the baby is so dependent on their mother.

 

Baby massage may help with:
Helps secure the bond between baby and parent or carer. This is because of all the love chemicals that are released during the massage 11
Reduce and relieve colic 12
Aid digestion 13
Relax the baby 14
Reduce the frequency of colds and also help speed up recovery from illness 15
Improve hand eye co-ordination alongside the baby’s awareness of their body 16
Encourage brain growth as all the nerves under the skin are stimulated during massage 17

 

Baby massage can become part of the daily routine, such as after bath and before bed. It can be used every day from the day you learn it throughout childhood and even into adolescence

Show 17 Footnotes

  1. LI C-Y ET AL (2011). Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women.  Midwifery. 27:181-186
  2. KAY ET AL (2012). Reflexology for the management of secondary lymphedema in patients affected by treatment for breast cancer: An exploratory study. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 4(6):359-360
  3. EGHBALI ET AL (2012). The effects of reflexology on chronic low back pain intensity in nurses employed in hospitals affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Iran J Nurs Midwifery Red. 17(3): 239-243
  4. WOODWARD et al (2010). A pilot study on the effectiveness of reflexology in treating constipation in women. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 16(1): 41-46
  5. VALIANI M ET AL (2010). Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes on the labour of primiparous women.  Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15:302-310
  6. LEE ET AL (2011). Effects of foot reflexology on fatigue, sleep, and pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  J Korean Acad Nurs. 41(6):821-833
    Stress and anxiety
  7. KAY ET AL (2012). Reflexology for the management of secondary lymphedema in patients affected by treatment for breast cancer: An exploratory study. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 4(6):359-360
  8. EGHBALI ET AL (2012). The effects of reflexology on chronic low back pain intensity in nurses employed in hospitals affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Iran J Nurs Midwifery Red. 17(3): 239-243
  9. LEE ET AL (2011). Effects of foot reflexology on fatigue, sleep, and pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Korean Acad Nurs. 41(6):821-833
  10. BISHOP ET AL (2003). Reflexology in the management of encopresis and chronic constipation. Paediatric Nursing. 15(3):20-21.
  11. BELL ET AL (2014). Beyond labour: the role of natural and synthetic oxytocin in the transition to motherhood. J Midwifery Women’s Health. 59(1):35-42.
  12. SALEEM et al (2013). Effectiveness of massage therapy for treatment of infantile colic. Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College. 17(2): 178-180.
  13. ISHIKAWA & SHIGA (2012). Massage changes babies’ body, brain and behaviour. Kansei Engineering International Journal. 11(3): 109-114.
  14. MORASKA ET Al (2008). Physiological adjustments to stress measures following massage therapy: a review of the literature. eCAM 7(4): 409-18
  15. MAJOR ET AL (2015). Massage-like stroking boosts the immune system in mice. Scientific Reports.
  16. ISHIKAWA & SHIGA (2012). Massage changes babies’ body, brain and behaviour. Kansei Engineering International Journal. 11(3): 109-114.
  17. ISHIKAWA & SHIGA (2012). Massage changes babies’ body, brain and behaviour. Kansei Engineering International Journal. 11(3): 109-114.