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Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology & Massage

Reflexology involves the application of specific types of pressure and manipulation to points and areas located on all parts of the feet. These are called reflexes and relate to the structures, internal organs and tissues of the body in such a way that the body can be "mapped" onto the feet. Similar principles apply to the hands. It has its roots in Chinese and Egyptian cultures but was revived and developed in the West in the late 19th century. Since then more detailed reflexes have been identified as well as enhanced techniques which I may include in my treatments.

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Reflexology is used by people with asthma, PMT, menstrual irregularities, the menopause and migraines to name but a few conditions. Many use it as a great stress buster. Current lifestyles cause us to subject ourselves to psychological and emotional stress which can in themselves lead to physical symptoms as well as exacerbating existing conditions. Reflexology aims to help redress the effects of stress by treating specific problem areas, releasing blocked emotions and inducing a state of deep relaxation.
Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology & Massage, Baby & Toddler Reflex #03Reflexology & Massage for Pregnancy and Birth Preparation

Reflexology and Massage are increasingly used by pregnant mothers to help promote their well-being. Women who have regular treatments often believe they coped better with the niggles and discomforts that so often accompany this time and that they had a better birthing experience and recovered faster.

Treatments can begin early in the pregnancy, becoming more frequent as the birth approaches. Whilst these are ideals, it's often the case that treatments are considered only during later months. If the pregnancy goes beyond term there are Reflexology techniques that can be used on the feet and hands to try and prime labour (with the permission of those responsible for your obstetric care).

I have found that many mothers-to-be benefit from combined Reflexology and Massage especially during the third trimester when the extra weight gain places added strain on the lower back and legs.
Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology & Massage, Baby & Toddler Reflex #04Trying to Conceive

Reflexology may also support couples having difficulty in conceiving whether with conditions that contribute to fertility problems (polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances) or in cases where there is no clinical explanation. Couples who have just set out on the road to starting a family are beginning to use the therapy as part of their conception pre-conditioning. Research indicates that the health of the mother and father at time of conception plays a key role for a succesful pregnancy.

For those who have already started down the assisted conception route to resolve diagnosed subfertility, Reflexology may be used to support clinical procedures such as ovarian stimulation and IVF by helping with relaxation and detoxing between drug cycles.
Mother and Newborn

After the birth, Reflexology may help restore balance and harmony back to the non-pregnant state. A session soon after the happy event provides you with an opportunity to relate your experience and discuss your feelings, giving you time for yourself when elsewhere the focus is on the new baby. Reflexology may also support those with breast feeding issues and recovery from the effects of an epidural or other medical intervention. Sessions provide the opportunity to show you how to work the baby's feet to assist with minor problems.

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