Pregnancy should never be considered an ailment or a burden. It is a very special time in a woman’s life. Yes, pregnancy is a long period that can be tiring; it involves having raging emotions, fear, anxiety and stress. I try to put in a lot of time and effort into educating expectant mothers about how it’s possible to have a safe and enjoyable pregnancy, and create the best environment for a safe and successful birth. The hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy provoke many physiological changes. When the following symptoms appear, reflexology can help to restore homeostasis or balance to the body, working to alleviate:
Anaemia, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, edema, blood pressure issues, constipation, hemorrhoids, and backache.
Reflexology to induce labour is used to help deliver a child using acupressure points and other reflexology techniques to provide a woman with one of the more enjoyable, calming and pleasing methods used to aid labour. Naturally induced labour using reflexology works best when the expectant mother and baby are ready for birth. This method often help prepare the cervix to ripen so labour is quicker and easier. This is for women who are overdue and want to start labour the natural way.
Reflexology energizes you. It gives you a healthier and often easier pregnancy with the added benefit of offering a greater chance of experiencing a shorter, easier labour and post-natal recovery. Scheduling a few reflexology sessions while you are pregnant is the perfect opportunity to unwind and focus on yourself and your unborn child.
Reflexology is one of the safest most supportive therapies for pregnant women AND is effective postpartum too both mother and baby. When you are both are calm and relaxed it helps to ensure better mother-child bonding, and easier breastfeeding. It assists with:
- The baby latching on
- Post-epidural pain
- Recovery following a cesarean birth
- Calms and relaxes and revitalizes mother and baby
- Balances and harmonizes the body and mind after giving birth
“I had the pleasure of working with Lis during my second and third trimester of my pregnancy. With this being my first baby, my body was constantly changing and my back and hips began to feel a lot of discomfort and pain. After seeing a chiropractor unsuccessfully for over six weeks I thought I would try some maternity reflexology as I heard good things and it seemed to relate to my belief systems about how the body and mind is connected.
To my surprise, from the very first visit I felt a big change. My back and hips almost immediately started to feel loose allowing more movement and much less pain. I also felt an incredible sense of relaxation before, after, and during our sessions which was something I began to really look forward to on a weekly basis.
I delivered a healthy, beautiful baby boy one day after my due date. Three days prior I had seen Lis and asked her to do a treatment specifically to help along and perhaps induce labour as I was ready to give birth. I remember leaving the session feeling almost light headed and so relaxed and at peace. Lis mentioned to me that she worked on my uterus and used a lot of compassion during our session and to this day I truly believe she did. It was one of the most powerful and beautiful sessions we had ever shared.
My labour and birth was nothing short of incredible. I was in labour for just under seven hours from start to finish and was able to endure the whole process drug free. It was the hardest test I had ever put my body through physically, and I was able to meditate through the very intense and frequent contractions. My sister and husband who were by my side the whole time said it was almost as if I had left the room during the contractions as my mind and focus went to another place.
I believe my labour and delivery story was as successful as it was because of the work I had done with Lis during my pregnancy. Reflexology prepared me for the birth of my son not only physically, but mentally and spiritually. Being connected to your body the way you are in a session with Lis brings great benefits to your health and I am forever grateful for having her in my life.”
Kelley Abbey, Calgary, Alberta