Reflexology and your pregnancy
Find out how reflexology can help your pregnancy
Reflexology is much more than a lovely foot massage. It’s based on the belief that your feet represent a map of your body - with pressure points on your feet linking to organs and tissues across your body. For example, the big toe on your left foot represents the left side of your head, and a point around the ball of your right foot represents your right lung! By pressing on key areas, reflexology is thought to trigger a healing process, working on energy pathways like those used in acupuncture.
How can it help?
Many mums-to-be find reflexology helps a range of symptoms, from aches and pains and swollen ankles, to tiredness and anxiety.
First the reflexologist will ask about your health and pregnancy so they can adapt the session to tackle your symptoms. They’ll then use their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to your feet or hands. A foot rub sounds glorious, but actually the pressure can be uncomfortable. That said, it shouldn’t hurt – so do say if it’s painful. The good news is, most mums-to-be say reflexology feels relaxing and soothing.
Your practitioner may also show you pressure points on your hands or feet (if you can reach!), so you can treat yourself after the session.
Is it safe?
Yes, but always check with your midwife before having treatment, and make sure you see a qualified therapist who’s used to treating mums-to-be.
To find a suitably qualified reflexologist in your area, check out the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) online directory of members.
How much does it cost?
A few NHS midwives offer reflexology to women in labour, often alongside massage and aromatherapy. If you go private, it usually costs between £25 and £50 for a 60-minute treatment.