Elle MacPherson, Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow all followed and endorsed a maternity care program of which the main focus was reflexology.
Pregnancy Reflexology may reduce your labour time
In 1988, Dr. Gowri Motha and Dr. Jane McGrath carried out a study into the effects of reflexology on labour. 37 pregnant women completed a course of ten treatments.
Findings showed that women who received regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy are more likely to have a shorter labour, require less pain relief and give birth closer to their EDD.
The average first stage of labour was 5 hours (compared to textbook figures of 16 to 24 hours) and 16 minute 2nd stage (compared to 1 to 2 hours).
Pregnancy Reflexology for priming labour
Pregnancy Reflexology can be used to encourage labour in a post term pregnancy. Specific reflex points are stimulated with the intention of creating a boost of energy to encourage the onset of labour contractions. Many women who are post-term and have no problems and respond well.
A midwife team undertook a study into 100 overdue women who were offered a free reflexology treatment on their feet. The results of the study showed that overall, the length of the first stage of labour was four hours shorter and the second stage of labour (when the woman starts to push) was 21 minutes shorter, than of those women who had not received the reflexology treatment.
When shouldn’t a treatment be given?
It is not advisable to have treatment if you are in the first trimester (13 weeks) of pregnancy, you have a high fever or an infectious disease, suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis, or varicose veins around your feet, or you have gangrene. It is advisable to let me know about any medical condition you have during our consultation so I can adapt your treatment if necessary.