ADVANCED MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY
You can safely receive treatment in pregnancy by any sufficiently qualified reflexologists (see Association of Reflexologists register) but if you are anxious, undergoing IVF, have complications in pregnancy it is worth to research suitably qualitied therapists.
I have been interested in Maternity reflexology since 2010 when I started my reflexology studies and myself received reflexology in pregnancy. Over past 10 years I have regularly updated my knowledge and I am now qualified in level 5, advanced maternity reflexology (level 8 in Scotland). I work with women before, during and after the pregnancy, not excluding 1st trimester.
When can you benefits from reflexology:
PRE-PREGNANCY: natural preparation for pregnancy, menstrual cycle irregularities, subfertility issues, secondary infertility, balancing after miscarriage or re-current miscarriages as well as support during IVF.
1st TRIMESTER: helping with emotions, nausea, worries and anxiety. Both foot or facial reflexology are really supportive at this stage.
2nd & 3rd TRIMESTER: support with aches and pains, looking after your psychological wellbeing, reducing stress, improving sleep, helping with swelling, diabetes, and more.
From 37wks+ : labour preparation & relaxation. Helping to relax and get your body and mind into best place to birth your baby. I compiled a information sheet with “labour friendly” points on face, hands and feet for you and your partner to work on at home.
POSTNATALLY women can enjoy foot or facial reflexology to help with mood, sleep, hormone balancing. Babies are welcome to attend with their mothers and baby reflexology points are shown as a part of your treatment.
Please note reflexology is a support tool and reflexologists can not claim to cure and use reflexology to diagnose.
Reflexology does not induce labour but can help you to achieve optimal state when labour is more likely to happen if baby is ready. Reflexology works with your body and can cause no harm.
In May 2019 I completed an advanced pregnancy massage with Jing Institute to build on my previous training in pregnancy massage and clinical pregnancy reflexology. I am delighted to offer this therapy to women who are pregnancy and new mums.
Pregnancy is a special time for any woman but it is not always ideal and amazing. Pregnancy does come in with physical and emotional changes. It can be easy going but also highly strenuous time. A woman is grow another human being and her body and mind need to adjust to the life-changing event.
I believe that each pregnant woman deserves support, nurture and acceptance. There is not an ideal pregnancy. We are all different and so are our pregnancies. Each woman needs different support.
Pregnancy massage offers many benefits to women who are pregnant. I believe that massage or reflexology can only support and do not cause any harm (with positive intention, respect and knowledge for various health condition you can encounter in pregnancy and post natally). Clinically trained therapist is able to recognise “red flags” and will advise you when not to treat. I am trained and have experience to treat during first trimester. When you make enquiring about pregnancy treatment you will be asked additional questions which will enable me to establish if it is safe for you to receive the treatment. Rest assured they are very few instances when it is not advisable to treat. You will likely be well aware of the need for extra check or checks by your midwife or consultant. An example of such exclusions are bleeding, placenta previa grade 3 and 4, pre-eclampsia, infection, severe abdominal pain...
Pregnancy massage is completed side lying. it is supported and very comfortable position. It will also help you to understand the best supported way to sleep at night.
The treatment consists of massage, stretches, trigger point technique and myofacial techniques. You will have benefit of massage of back, neck, shoulders, scalp, arms, legs and feet. As an abdominal massage therapist I include belly massage. It is very supportive massage that aids digestion, releases tension in ligaments supporting uterus and feels simply nice. You can opt to exclude abdominal massage.
This type is massage is also beneficial post natal women.
Benefits of pregnancy and post natal massage may include reduction of:
* pain in lower back, pelvis, shoulders
* stress and tension
* anxiety & depression
* swelling in feet, carpal tunnel
It may boost:
* immune system
* positive outlook and self image
* lymphatic drainage
I offer support via labour preparation with acupressure and reflexology points from 39 weeks of onwards. Please note that I do not claim to be able to induce labour. In labour preparation work the aim is to calm and de-stress body, to help to make you as relaxed as possible to create optimal conditions so your baby can trigger the labour once its ready via hormonal changes. Please note there is no scientific evidence that massage or reflexology induces labour and every woman will respond to different stimuli.
April T., Virginia Water
REFLEXOLOGY for FERTILITY
Stress is a complex condition that can affect almost all parts of the body. There is also some evidence to suggest that it may affect fertility as stress is detrimental to the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy. Reflexology may help couples to achieve reduction in stress. Reflexology might also help women whose inability to conceive is linked to endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
During the first appointment detailed consultation is completed taking into consideration you emotional and physical wellbeing, any medical diagnosis, life events and stress levels. It is important to know when you had last period and how long your cycle is. You will also receive your first treatment.
Supporting you on your fertility journey requires a commitment from you. First 4 appointments should take place weekly or no longer than 2 weeks apart. Following the first 4 appointments the further treatments can be spaced out to suit your schedule.
I have also created a Facebook group devoted to information that are useful on your conception journey you can join the group here.
How often do I need to have the treatment ?
Once you embark on the natural journey to boost your conception chances it is important you find time to help your body to have the best chance to conceive. I recommend minimum of 6 treatments to see results in your cycle and boost your chance to conceive naturally. Ideally I would like to treat weekly or fortnightly for first 4 treatments. After 6/8 weeks the progress will be evaluated and if needed we will continue working together at timeframe that suits your needs.
Should your work and family commitments don't allow for weekly or fortnightly treatments please contact me to discuss your availability and best times for treatment to take place. I am happy to answer all your questions about the course of treatment via phone, e-mail or in person.
Each treatment will take approximately an hour except the fist session when full consultation is completed to inform the treatment plan. Please allow up to 120 minutes for your first visit. Reflexology can be used in partnership with Abdominal Sacral massage.
Please note that they are many annectodal evidence that reflexology & fertility massage increases your chances to conceive. However we are all individuals and I can not guarantee the result. The aim is to achieve best possible chance for your body to conceive which includes stress reduction, opportuniy to talk and reflect. You will be encouraged to listen to your body and understand natural signs of ovulation, follow healthy eating principles, do excercise to suit your ability and continue with any medical treatment your doctor has prescribed.
Read my article about Fertility Reflexology Here.
ABDOMINAL SACRAL MASSAGE
AS massage concentrate on area of abdomen and lumbar and sacral spine. Abdominal cavity and pevic area house small and large intestines, reproductive organs and are supplied by nerves from the lumbar and sacral spine. The essence of this massage is to enervate and nourish all tissue within the abdomen, pelvis and sacrum. The Masage is performed slowly, gently and with respect.
AS massage strengthens muscles and ligaments and relieves tension. It also realigns organs that may have shifted position due to falls, tensions, blockages or operations. The massage gently encourages them back into place and relieves pressure on them. The deep colon part of the massage also helps to loosen hardened debris and encourages a natural movement. As most serotonin (or “the happiness hormone”) is produced in the gut, relieving any problems or blockages here often leaves you with a feeling of wellbeing. On the other hand persistent constipation may cause you feel down and depressed.
AS massage also improves the blood, nerve and lymph supply helping your body to heal itself. This allows the healing to continue after the massage and also reduces any scar tissue.
- Stomach cramps
Reproductive System Problems:
- painful or irregular menstrual cycle and ovulation
- bladder and yeast infections
- support after miscarriage and recurrent miscarriages
- pre-menstrual syndromes and tension
- peri-menopause or menopausal symptoms
- difficulties to conceive
- tilted uterus
- PCOS and polycystic ovaries
- sexual trauma
- pregnancy loss
- held emotions
- childhood traumas
It is important to massage digestive organs as all muscles including the pelvic floor muscles, organs and connective tissue share the same neural inputs. Often if their is a problem with digestion, the pain can be manifested in your back, your abdominal wall or anywhere in pevic region and vice versa.
There are ligaments that connect the sacrum to the uterus and it’s misalignment can misalign uterus. Often women are told they have retroverted uterus which might cause some discomfort. If one organ is misalign, it may impinge on the blood circulation int he area, therefore reduction in blood flow, nutrients an oxygen to abdominal cavity. When areas of torso are massaged it enhances optimal health and wellbeing.
When we are looking into fertility issues we need to look into whole person. When person is unwell or in stress, reproductive organs may shut so body can focus on healing when necessary, also in times of stress procreation is not body’s priority. When coming for a treatment I look at you holistically - physically, emotionallly and spiritually to ensure body can function at optimal level and reproductive organs are functioning properly.
AS massage can be given from end of your period up until 3 days before your next one. If you are trying to concieve the window is much smaller - between the end of your period up until the ovulation. It is therefore important that you pre-book your treatment to make sure you receive it at the right time. I recommned you also have reflexology treatment when you are trying to conceive. Discounted treatment packages are available.
When coming for the treatment you will be asked to complete a consultation form. First treatment and consultation will take 70 up to 120 minutes depending on your primary concern. It is important you wear comfortable loose clothing. Any subsequent session is 60 minutes long.
AS massage is suitable for women and men (at present this treatment is offered to women and children only). Gentler and shorter treatment is given to children (30 minutes) and babies (15 minutes). I will show yo how to complete your own massage or your child’s massage.
- first trimester of pregnancy
- 3 days and during the period
- after ovulation if trying to conceive and there is possibility you might be pregnant
- some areas will be avoided if you have a coil fitted
- gastric band: no upper abdominal work will be done
- pregnancy - you can enjoy abdominal massage but sacral massage will be omitted
- acute infection and flare ups of digestive illnesses such as Crohn’s
- post operations
- unstable high blood pressure
- vomiting and diarrhoea