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  • Reflexology in Pregnancy and Birth
    March 5th, 2012

    Please note that this article was published in the UK, in Washington state reflexology is not considered a therapy or a treatment.

    What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a natural therapy based on the theory that points on the feet and hands correspond to specific organs and systems in the body.

    By Families Online (

    13/04/2002 12:00 am

    Thus by applying gentle pressure to these points the related area of the body is stimulated and cleared of congestion. Reflexology promotes deep relaxation which encourages the body’s self healing process. It is a calming, relaxing and enjoyable treatment. Maternity reflexology is specifically tailored to treat infertility, pregnancy, birth and babies.



    “Infertility is the state of being unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse and the term may be used to refer to a state of having never conceived or that of having difficulty in conceiving again after having previously conceived.”

    The first problem that some couples face is getting pregnant. If there is a physical problem such as a disorder of the reproductive system the couple should always follow the advice of their gynaecologist. If the couple are told there is nothing wrong physically and that their problem is primarily psychological where can they turn? Worry about being infertile can make the situation worse. You can’t get pregnant until you relax and you can’t relax until you get pregnant. Anxiety and worry can create the very physical problems that prevent conception.

    Non-physical causes of infertility often lie in unnecessary stress and worry. Reflexology encourages a deep relaxation which alleviates stress and tension so that conception may take place.

    Reflexology works on balancing all of the body systems to provide a healthy body for conception to take place. Gentle pressure to reflex points balances the hormonal system and stimulates the reproductive organs. Both men and women are encouraged to have treatments for individual reasons, for example regulation of menstruation and stimulation of sperm production. About six treatments, once weekly, are recommended, dependent on how an individual’s body responds to treatment.

    Case History: A 35 year old woman had a miscarriage two years ago and had been trying to conceive ever since. She had thought she was pregnant but her period had arrived on the day she came to the clinic. She was extremely upset and would try anything before IVF. Over a period of two months she had weekly reflexology and after nine weeks she fell pregnant. Mum and baby have safely passed the 12 week mark and are doing very well. Reflexology allowed the woman “time out”. She worked in a stressful job and when she wasn’t working she was worrying about conceiving. With the help of reflexology the woman learnt how to relax properly and re-assess her lifestyle to suit her.


    From the early stages of morning sickness to delivery discomfort, pregnancy can be physically demanding. Reflexology can help with relief of the following complaints during pregnancy:

    – Morning sickness
    – Nausea & headaches
    – Pain & discomfort
    – Loss of bladder control
    – Backache
    – Stress & anxiety
    – Lack of sleep & fatigue
    – Digestive problems e.g. constipation
    – Swollen/puffy ankles & legs
    – Cramp

    The father-to-be may also experience disruption to his everyday life and playing the supportive partner and the worry of fatherhood can be equally stressful!


    Reflexology can play an important role during the birth. Many women have reflexology to encourage labour, especially if they are overdue. Reflexology stimulates the release of oxytocin, the hormone that starts uterine contractions. So forget hot curries and running around the tennis court and use your feet instead. During labour reflexology helps to keep the body relaxed and calm and may be useful for pain control.

    New arrival

    Once a baby has arrived, parents’ lives may be thrown into unusual routines, lack of sleep, feeding times and general exhaustion.

    Reflexology can help to:

    – Calm & relax
    – Increase energy levels
    – Re-balance the body
    – Stabilize body weight
    – Aid lactation
    – Prevent post-natal depression


    Reflexology can help alleviate any small problems babies may have:

    – Constipation
    – Diarrhoea
    – Skin problems
    – Colic
    – Teething
    – Coughs & colds

    Reflexology can help to make any pregnancy an enjoyable experience.

    –Published by Families SW (London) Magazine