Most women find pregnancy a thoroughly enjoyable experience and suffer very few uncomfortable symptoms. Others discover that being pregnant can lead to discomfort such as nausea, digestive disturbances, insomnia, backache and fatigue. Most of these occur as a result of hormonal changes within the body, nutritional deficiencies and profound anatomical changes.
Reflexology has demonstrated over many years to be an excellent therapy for preventing and reducing symptoms of illness, as it stimulates the natural healing resources of the body. Reflexology given in pregnancy can be a great help in improving the mother’s overall health.
During pregnancy, reflexology can:
- Reduce morning sickness
- Bring relief from indigestion, constipation, haemorrhoids, and morning sickness
- Regulate blood pressure
- Aid heartburn, backache and sciatica
- Promote better sleep and boost energy levels
- Prepare the body for labour by balancing the body’s systems, especially the endocrine system which is responsible for the secretion of many important hormones
Reflexology can also be used in the final weeks of pregnancy to help induce labour naturally, and reduce the length of labour. It can also be used during labour to help boost energy levels, aid deep muscle relaxation and stimulate the production of natural endorphins.