BY: Sunny Jaspal
Conditions / Reflexology
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Fertility, Pregnancy & Postnatal Reflexology
Helping you throughout your journey
A wonderfully relaxing treatment which helps to balance the body for optimum fertility, adjust to changes throughout pregnancy, and restores calm during the postnatal period.
The following is a rough guide to reflexology throughout this journey. Please note that conditions listed are not exhaustive and reflexology does not claim to ‘fix’ however it may be beneficial in aiding some conditions.
Reflexology aims to bring the body into a state of balance, therefore maximising chances of conception. Trying to conceive can be a stressful experience if fertility problems are present. Problems may range from stress to lifestyle to physical health problems. Reflexology is a wonderful tool for fertility, relieving stress and creating relaxation, helping your body to function at its optimum. Reflexology can support you and your partner.
Potential problems: stress, lifestyle, low sperm count, abnormal sperm structure or movement, ovulatory problems, hormonal imbalance, damage to fallopian tubes, structural problems.
First trimester (weeks 1 to 12)
Reflexology is indicated mainly for stress relief and relaxation. Increased hormone levels can make you feel out of sorts and treatments aim to rebalance the emotions. Very light and gentle reflexology with plenty of massage ensures a safe treatment.
Potential problems: abdominal pain, anaemia, anxiety, breathlessness, constipation, cystitis, depression, dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, heartburn, nausea, pelvic pain, thrush, vomiting.
Second trimester (weeks 13 to 27)
As your baby begins to grow bigger your uterus rises above your pelvis. Relaxation of the mind stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This means relaxation occurs in fascia, ligaments, tendons and muscles, and allows your body to respond to the new requirements for space with ease. It also means better digestion, blood flow and waste removal.
Potential problems: back pain, fibroids, headaches, migraines, herpes, hip pain, frequent illness, insomnia, leg cramps, low-lying placenta, nose bleeds, obstetric cholestasis, pruritus, restless leg syndrome, sacroiliac pain, sciatica.
The third trimester (weeks 28 to 40)
As your baby continues to grow your uterus pushes against your diaphragm. Your body keeps up with baby by increasing breast size and widening the back. During this period, as well as dealing with any problems, reflexology prepares the body for birth by relaxing the pelvic muscles to prepare for pregnancy.
Potential problems: back pain, breach presentation, coccyx pain, gestational diabetes, haemorrhoids, oedema (swollen ankles), overdue baby, pre-eclampsia, pubic pain, restless leg syndrome, symphysis pubis diastasis, varicose veins
Postnatal Reflexology is designed to help new mothers adjust and heal after birth. In particular it’s useful for restoring sleep patterns, helping milk let-down, restoring the uterus to normal size and calming both mother and baby. Babies are welcome into treatments where you can feed and relax together.