The Benefits of reflexology in pregnancy

With pregnancy comes major changes within the female body. Whether it be physically, physiologically or psychologically in early pregnancy women may experience anxieties and negative thoughts due to the often discomfort experienced in early pregnancy.  These discomforts include symptoms of nausea, fatigue, feelings of vulnerability and anxiety, bloating or stomach cramps as the body prepares to carry the baby.

reflexology and pregnancy

Throughout pregnancy women may experience other discomforts such as sleep disturbance, imbalances within circulation, digestion or urinary disorders and nervous or musculoskeletal tensions. Aches and pains are common as are muscle cramps in the feet, thighs or legs which is thought caused by the expansion of the uterus putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the legs thus causing cramps and occasional pain. Constipation may occur in pregnancy caused by increased production of the hormone progesterone which relaxes the muscles of the intestinal wall and stomach resulting in digestion slowing down and blood volume increasing. Therefore if not enough fluids are consumed to keep up with this process, dehydration occurs – resulting in constipation. Backache is common due to posture and torso being out of alignment in later pregnancy as the baby grows (and becomes heavier) thus putting a strain on the back as the centre of gravity shifts. With any of these discomforting conditions sleep may be strongly effected and insomnia may frequently occur.

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reflexology and Pregnancy

After the first trimester, reflexology may be a very effective and beneficial treatment to have throughout pregnancy. With aim to maintain a sense of wellbeing and focus on relaxation, regular reflexology treatments may be incorporated within a healthy pregnancy plan. Treatment is light and gentle with aim to boost energy levels and overcome tiredness. Although each treatment is entirely bespoke to the mothers needs the following are typical reflexes that when “worked” may help during pregnancy.

  • Pancreas – normalise blood sugar levels
  • Thyroid – maintain energy levels and balance metabolism
  • Lymphatic’s –  clear any congestion
  • Heart – improve circulation
  • Sciatic – relax the pelvic muscles ready for birth
  • Liver – drain any toxins present in the body
  • Spinal – help induce relaxation
  • Ovaries –  relax and balance hormones
reflexology and pregnancy in edinburgh

reflexology and pregnancy

Therefore reflexology treatments may be an effective, safe and enjoyable treatment to have throughout pregnancy to induce a deep sense of relaxation which is paramount in assisting a straightforward labour and birth.  In addition a reflexology treatment during pregnancy may:

  • Significantly reduce stress (the cause of many physical and psychic dysfunctions.
  • Regulate the nervous and hormonal system by relaxing the axis of stress.
  • Detect, locate and remove deposits formed by crystals of uric acid and toxins.
  • Activate blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Prevent, relieve or possibly eliminate presenting disorders as the body is encouraged to return to homeostasis.

 

Fiona Cowie – Reflexologist – Edinburgh

 

 

My name is Fiona and I’m a fully qualified clinical reflexologist within Edinburgh City Centre.

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My name is Fiona and I’m a fully qualified clinical reflexologist within Edinburgh City Centre. I am passionate about the use of reflexology particularly within the area of stress management and the associated emotional imbalances often resulting from high stress levels such as fear and anxiety.

I work from Santosa to provide treatments to those contacting me individually though treat the majority of my clients within the corporate companies I provide to which are Historic Environment Scotland, The National Museum Scotland and Edinburgh Castle.

I have an intuitive reflexology style, which aims to significantly reduce stress levels, regain focus and achieve a much greater sense of wellbeing for clients. I hold a diploma in nutrition also and incorporate lifestyle and nutrition factors where appropriate to create a completely bespoke treatment to each and every client. I have a holistic approach to health and healing and understand that to create balance within the body is key for optimal health and performance. I am fully insured and have full membership with AOR (Association of Reflexologists) and fully insured.

To experience this wonderful therapy and indulge in the pleasure and heightened state of relaxation that reflexology brings please contact me directly 07854786513.

Staff from the organisations I provide to please check your intranets for further information.

 

I look forward to meeting you!