10th December 2018 
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Maternity reflexology

The following wording has been prepared by therapy websites, to describe the range of therapies offered by therapy websites clients, in this case maternity reflexology . This wording is not the responsibility of the Adlerian Society, and is not endorsed by the Adlerian Society

Pregnancy brings great changes not only in the body but also in the emotions and psyche of the mother, and so during this challenging time, those looking for a natural therapy to support this most natural of events, may find reflexology to be the right option. Reflexology is a gentle holistic massage of the feet focussing on reflex points which, according to the principles of reflexology, each correspond to specific parts of the body. By applying directed pressure to these points, primarily the feet and hands, a reflexologist can promote relaxation and an overall sense of wellbeing. Reflexologists likely to have experience of reflexology during pregnancy are available in Derby, Bradford and Sittingbourne.

Most women will of course feel stressed at some point during pregnancy, given the psychological as well as physical preparations that are taking place. In the short term this is not detrimental to the mother's or baby's health, however prolonged periods of stress have been linked to negative health consequences. Sustained periods of severe stress may increase the risk of preterm labour, low birthweights and complications such as preeclampsia. A midwife is a great source of support at this time, however you may wish to supplement this with a complementary therapy such as reflexology, and practitioners with experience may be found in Ware, Bromley and Ashburton.

In the UK, some NHS maternity units even have reflexologists working within the unit, or accessible externally. This is very much down to the discretion of the Primary Care Trusts, and so some GPs, although they may endorse its use during pregnancy, may require that treatments are sought privately. You may wish to consult your midwife, for a recommendation, or you may find reflexologists with relevant experience in Wokingham, Basingstoke and Chippenham.

Some mothers-to-be use reflexology to assist with relaxation and pain relief during the labour itself, when the demands on the body are at their greatest. You may wish to speak to a reflexologist beforehand if you are considering this, in order to see if they have prior experience, and would be able to help you at this time. To make initial contact, you can find a reflexologist in Swansea, Camberley and Epping.

A maternity reflexologist will seek to promote the overall health of their client. They will be able to give reflexology advice and treatment, but this is no substitute for medical or obstectric advice and so the care network of appropriate clinical practitioners is the first priority.