Pregnancy is a time of great hormonal changes and this often stirs up emotions such as fear and apprehension. Reflexology encourages deep relaxation and gently brings balance to the body and mind, leaving you feeling calm and helping you to prepare for the birth of your baby. This allows you to cope better and to feel more in control at this exciting time.
Maternity Reflexology aims to help:-
Allowing you to look forward to the birth of your baby and the wonderful changes about to start in your life.
In the later stages of pregnancy the treatment will focus on relaxation and preparation for birth.
Two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour
(1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour and (2) improved quality of sleep in post-natal women
(1) VALIANI M ET AL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310
(2) 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. p181-186
See below for Hypnotherapy for childbirth – a wonderful way to prepare for the birth of your child.
Hypnotherapy for preparation for Childbirth
This combination can help to:-
Hypnotherapy can help to lower anxiety and enhance labour
Hypnosis, with the use of relaxation techniques and visual imagery can be extremely effective in lowering anxiety and these techniques can also be very effective when used during labour. When a mother is relaxed and calm, the need for medication can often be less, which can reduce the risk of side effects for both mother and baby. Relaxation also encourages the production of the hormone oxytocin, which promotes strong and effective contractions, which can effectively shorten labour and lessen pain, enabling you to be more in control and ready to enjoy the birth of your baby.