Reflexology for pregnancy

Reflexology is renowned for relaxing the muscles and calming the nervous system also for its helpfulness in pain and stress relief.

Reflexology for pregnancy and childbirth

reflexology and pregnancyReflexology for pregnancy and childbirth is gaining recognition in midwifery circles because research has shown that the relaxation provided by reflexology in the time leading up to the birth can be helpful in reducing pain and duration of labour.

There have been numerous studies that have shown the benefits of reflexology during pregnancy and childbirth, just one of which is detailed below.

Reflexology is renowned for relaxing the muscles and calming the nervous system also for its helpfulness in pain and stress relief. It was possibly because of this that the beneficial effects of reflexology have been sought by so many women during pregnancy and childbirth.

You should always consult your Doctor or midwife before commencing reflexology to ensure it is suitable for you and your baby.

As long as your Doctor or midwife agrees you can either have regular reflexology from the 14th week of pregnancy for maximum benefit or you can have one or more session at the time your baby is due. I am qualified as a clinical reflexologist and have completed an additional course in maternity reflexology. I have found that many midwives refer women to me who are overdue as it is thought the relaxation provided helps promote labour at the appropriate time.

Gentofte Hospital Study

A study at the Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen revealed that reflexology is beneficial to women during the labour of childbirth. 58 out of 60 women giving birth experienced "outstanding pain relief using reflexology treatment", and 11 out of 14 women were able to avoid surgery under general anaesthesia (1). Dr Carsten Lenstrup was so impressed by the results that he said: "Taken as a whole, the results are so good that am not in any doubt that reflexology can give many women a better, easier and less painful delivery than they would have had otherwise." (2)

The findings of the Gentofte study were supported by a further study carried out by Dr Gowri Motva at the Jeyrani Birth Centre on the effects of reflexology on pregnant women. 37 pregnant women completed a course of 10 reflexology treatments with remarkable effect. The average length of the first stage of labour was 5 hours whereas the text book average is 16 - 24 hours; the second stage of labour lasted an average of 16 minutes compared to the text book expectancy of 1 - 2 hours, and only 5.4% of the women who had reflexology treatment required emergency caesarian section compared to an average of 13% in Newham district which was the district where the study was conducted.(2)

(1) Reported in "Berlingske Tidende" 15 July 1988

(2) Reflexology Association - Research Co-ordinator Kristine Walker  http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/WomensHealth/Childbirth-Index.htm#Reflexology%20&%20Childbirth

Reflexology for Infertility

Reflexology may also be used to help stimulate the reproductive organs through the autonomic nervous system and so help strengthen and correct under functioning organs and balance hormonal function. Research and a number of holistic books advocate natural ways to boost fertility recommend reflexology.

It is thought its beneficial effect of reflexology on all of the systems of the body is helpful in returning the body to balance or homeostasis.

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