It involves the therapist applying pressure to predefined areas on the feet and lower legs, hands or ears. These areas are reputed to connect directly through the nerve endings to every system and organ in the body. Massage strengthens bodily systems, promotes healing and induces a feeling of wellbeing.
Reflexology has a holistic approach, so it aims to treat the person as a whole – physically, emotionally and spiritually rather than isolating one specific area. It is known to be particularly effective for relieving stress and promoting relaxation and is used extensively alongside conventional medicine for cancer patients and those with terminal conditions.
It is also thought to be particularly beneficial as an aid to conception and during pregnancy, birth and beyond as it helps regulate hormonal activity and alleviates many common pregnancy problems. It also reduces stress and relieves pain in labour.
As a midwife, I predominantly see pregnant women particularly those hoping to have a reflexology session to bring about labour when they are facing chemical induction!
Whilst I make no claims that I can induce labour, I have evidence that suggests well over 50% of the women I see who are ‘term’ (37-42 weeks) go into labour within 72 hours of a treatment….my feeling is that a combination of reflexology AND the opportunity to relax and talk away fears or worries, contributes greatly to the onset of labour!
I will often combine guided relaxation with reflexology during pregnancy and this appears to work amazingly well.
I also offer a 6 month course of Reflexology to aid conception – please contact me if you would like more information.
Reflexologists tend to massage the soles of the feet and lower legs due to the larger surface area. The feet tend to be more sensitive and receptive to massage as they are protected by shoes; but the hands and ears can be massaged as an alternative.