Reflexology is a complementary therapy where the therapist uses their fingers, thumbs and knuckles to apply pressure to the feet, face or hands (according to which treatment you have chosen) to stimulate reflex points which correspond to parts of the body.
The aim is to help you relax, bring about a sense of well-being both physically and emotionally, and, may assist with other health issues during your pregnancy as they arise.
A detailed consultation and medical history will be taken prior to any appointment.
1st trimester – during this time of significant hormonal changes and natural anxieties a reflexology treatment will aim to relax you.
2nd & 3rd trimester – as your pregnancy progresses you may experience other physical symptoms which you should make the reflexologist aware of. The reflexology session would then be adapted to address any health issues and, again, to focus on relaxation and emotional support.
Recent studies have shown that reflexology during pregnancy reduced the length of the first stage of labour(a) , significantly reduced pain during labour(a), and in post-natal women, improved the quality of sleep(b).
(a) VALIANI M ET AL (2010) Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
(b) LI C-Y Et Al (2011) Midwifery.27 p181-186
There are some conditions during pregnancy where reflexology is not appropriate: –
• Pre-term labour; less than 37 weeks pregnant
• Placental abruption
• Placenta Previa if Grade II, III or IV and 32 weeks or more.
To book an appointment contact www.penelopemorrison.co.uk. Penelope is an experienced reflexologist who has carried out additional training in maternity reflexology. As a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AOR) , Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) she is required to maintain their professional standards and codes of conduct.