Reflexology can play an important part in supporting both natural and assisted conceptions. Fertility Reflexology is extremely gentle and focused, involving a series of treatments often weekly for a month or two. Stress is an incredibly important factor which can influence fertility so treatments help relaxation, aids sleep, relieves tension, improves mood and sense of well being.
Reflexology can have a key role in supporting IVF treatments and couples through their fertility journey.
Maternity Reflexology supports mothers through hormonal and physical changes of pregnancy helping give relief from nausea and fatigue.
This is also an excellent way to prepare for labour, particularly if due date has passed with recent studies strongly suggesting that reflexology reduces pain and labour times. These studies have shown that regular reflexology thoughout pregnancy significantly reduced both the time in the first stage of labour and pain levels throughout*. A second study showed that reflexology improved the quality of sleep following childbirth**.
I * Valliani M et al (2010) Reviewing the effect of reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Midwifery and Research 15 (Dec) p302-310
** Li C Y et al (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effects of foot reflexology to improve the quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery 27 p181-186