*Treatments in Dartington
Reflexology is an ancient natural therapy that is based on the theory that each organ in the body has a corresponding “reflex” area on the feet or hands, that when massaged can beneficially affect the whole body. There are similarities with theories behind acupuncture that suggest there are “meridian” lines of energy flowing in the body. However it helps, I do know from years of experience with clients, that reflexology foot massage usually feels very nice and induces a state of deep rejuvenating relaxation. Reflexology is not diagnostic, curative or a replacement for medical care, but research has shown it can help relieve tension, promote relaxation and sleep, improve mood and create an enhanced sense of wellbeing.
Reflexology in pregnancy has shown positive effects on labour duration and outcome (McNeill et al 2006)1, although this was a small study. Much of what is written about reflexology is anecdotal and needs further research – such as using reflexology to help bring on labour when a medical induction is advised. It can, however, aid relaxation at this time which helps the mother prepare for birth.
(My reflexology treatments are open to all people, not just pregnant women or new mums).
Option for treatments in your own home £45
- McNeill, J. et al (2006), A retrospective cohort study exploring the relationship between antenatal reflexology and intranatal outcomes, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 12, 119-125